Five Steps to IELTS Essay Writing

During our six hour Writing Workshops, one of the techniques that we show you is how to score top marks in your IELTS essays. Here are five steps to improve your IELTS writing:

1.Read the title
• Highlight the key words in order of priority.
• Find synonyms and examples to paraphrase key words.
• Define the type of question you must answer.

2. Note down your ideas
• Divide the issue into two perspectives – positive and negative.
• Note down arguments for and against ie. pros and cons.
• Find supporting examples when you’re making your notes.

3. Plan your structure
• Divide your essay into different paragraphs according to the required format.
• Select the points and examples from your notes and insert them into the appropriate sections.

4. Draft your composition
• Write as quickly, legibly and as fluently as possible.
• Do not pause to think too much about technical, graphical details.
• Pause between paragraphs to review and revise your work.

5. Edit your Composition
• Give yourself time to edit your errors while you are writing, rather than at the end.
• You need to check your grammar, syntax, lexis, spelling, punctuation, handwriting , paragraphing and word order.

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Subtly tell the examiner what score you came for

Today, our Senior Tutor Tamlin tackled the mistake that a lot of students make when writing an introduction to their essay. Here at IELTS Medical, we believe that the way you open your essay signals to the examiner what score you’re there to achieve.  To give you an example, what’s wrong with ending your introduction to the following question, in the following way?


“The success  in athletic or artistic activities is born and not made – to what extent do you agree?”


“So, I will briefly examine both sides of this issue and express my opinion at the end of this essay”

An examiner will expect you to approach an argument essay by exploring both sides and concluding. This is obvious.

A better way

It has long been debated whether success in athletic or artistic activities like tennis or singing is born or made. Can this be trained or is this down to natural ability?

I will consider the roles of people’s parents both genetically and educationally in my discussion of this topic.

Points to take away

  • Review the question and select the area that is relevant to this topic that you intend to writing about.
  • Subtly tell the examiner that you intend to focus on a particular aspect of the question, eg. the role of the parents.

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How to reach the 9.0 in Reading Part 1

“The best thing about reading and why it’s possible to score 9.0, is because all of the answers are right in front of you” – IELTS Medical Tutor Johanna.

One of the most common type of reading question is the: Yes/No/Not Given or True/False/Not Given question.

In order to successfully tackle this type of question, Tutor Johanna recommends following the following pattern when you’re reading the text.

  • If the question is literally there in the passage, answer: “Yes.”
  • If the opposite is true, answer: “No.”
  • “Not given” is very tricky.

Consider this extract of this passage

The popularizing of smaller, more fuel efficient cars is on the rise. Hybrid vehicles are also becoming more common. The cars have two engines – one that is battery powered and one that is gasoline powered. The battery powered engine gets the car moving from a standstill. Once the car reaches a certain speed, the gasoline engine, which is more efficient at higher speeds, takes over to keep the car moving. There is also a growing interest in cars that are completely battery powered. These are cars that would be plugged into an electric outlet to recharge when not in use. Many consider such vehicles to be the car of the future. However, as long as the electricity is generated by coal-burning plants, as often is the case, these cars cannot be considered as using clean energy. Solar cars and hydrogen cars are other “clean” technologies that are receiving attention and hopes for the future.
The question asks whether the following statement is True/False/Not Given:

Solar powered cars are currently too expensive for the average person to own.

Unsuspecting IELTS Academic students may answer, “Yes.” Either inserting their opinion or creating this thought from the gist of the text. The correct answer is, however, is “Not Given.” Solar-powered cars are mentioned in this paragraph, but there is no mention of their cost.

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