IELTS Writing Task 2: the confidence to be 'simple'
For many of my students I've taught, a breakthrough came when they found the confidence to write in a more 'simple' way.
When you stop worrying about whether you need to include passives, conditionals or 'difficult academic words' in your essays, you are free to focus on answering the question and explaining your ideas coherently. It takes confidence to change your approach and to believe that the 'simple' way will work.
Note: Remember that 'simple' is not the same thing as 'easy'!
IELTS Writing Task 2: longer introductions?
People sometimes ask me whether writing a longer introduction could be the way to improve their task 2 scores. My answer is no! A longer introduction is more likely to harm your score, not help it. The more time you spend on your introduction, the less time you have to write good main body paragraphs. The main body is the key to a high score!
So, how can we improve our main body paragraphs? I think there are 3 easy steps you can take:
1. Spend more time planning the main paragraphs.
2. Spend less time on the introduction and conclusion.
3. Prepare ideas for common topics before you take the exam.