In Writing Task 2, the more persuasive your ideas are, the higher band score you will receive. However, many students do not know how to strengthen their arguments and support their ideas. They often produce weak arguments, and their ideas are often not persuasive enough.
In order to address this problem, apply this simple technique:
Step 1: After you have come up with a main idea, ask yourself: “Why?” so that you can add a simple explanation and make your idea clearer.
Step 2: After you have this explanation, simply put it before your main idea and add one of these linking words: “since”, “as” or “because”.
Example 1: When writing about the benefits of studying abroad, you might have this main idea: “Studying abroad helps students become more mature.”
Now, ask yourself “Why?”, and you can think of an explanation: “The reason for this is: when studying abroad, students live far away from their families and have to deal with daily problems by themselves.”
-> Now, put the explanation before your main idea and add the word “since”, and your idea is much stronger: “Since students have to live far away from their families and have to deal with daily problems by themselves when studying abroad, they would become more mature.”
Example 2: When writing about the benefits of expanding tourism, you have this main idea: “Expanding tourism helps to generate income for local citizens.”
Ask yourself “Why?”. The reason is: “When tourists come to our country, they spend money on services such as hotels, restaurants or museums.”
-> Now, apply the technique: “Because tourists tend to spend money on services such as hotels, restaurants or museums, expanding tourism would help local residents generate more income.”
Now that you know this technique, you can apply it to your future essays. This will help to strengthen and support your ideas, and you also can lengthen your essays with more sentences.