The Writing test is a difficult part of the IELTS exam, and it requires you to spend a lot of time preparing for it. Having a good method is also extremely important. In this lesson, I will give you five useful tips that you can follow.
1. Focus on fixing your grammar and vocabulary mistakes.
This is the most important thing to do. If you still make numerous mistakes in your essays, focus on those mistakes and forget everything else. If possible, hire a teacher to check your essays and point out your errors, and try to avoid repeating those errors in your following essays. Do not learn difficult vocabulary or complex grammar structures when you are still making mistakes.
2. Don’t be too certain.
In an essay, you give your own ideas and opinions, and they can be right or wrong (you can’t be 100% sure). Therefore, try not to use words like ‘always’, ‘obvious’ or ‘absolutely’. Instead, use more tentative words like ‘usually’, ‘often’ and ‘tend to’.
3. Don’t write too much.
Keep an eye on your word count and try to limit it. You should not write more than 280 words. When you write no more than 280 words, you have more time to think and plan your ideas, and you make fewer mistakes. The only exception is if you’re trying to get 8.0 or higher for Writing. Otherwise, do not write more than 280 words.
4. Keep it simple.
Do not try to use too many difficult words or complicated grammar structures. Instead, focus on expressing your ideas in a logical and coherent way. A well-organised and easy-to-follow essay will surely earn you a good band score.
5. Spend more time reading.
Writing more doesn’t make you a better writer. Reading more does. You need to spend more time reading online articles, books, or high-scoring IELTS essays. After a long period of time, you will learn a lot from reading. You will know how to express your ideas coherently and how to use vocabulary effectively. If you don’t read, it will be very difficult for you to improve your Writing skills.