My approach to IELTS writing task

  1. Take a deep breath and read the first question. And glance at the second to be sure that it is there. I choose not to read the second question at this juncture for two reasons: (a) I want the 15 minutes dedicated to task one. I don’t want to get a riot of thoughts leading me nowhere. (b) I want to rule out any possibility of relative anxiety and excitement.
  2. I make use of a rough sheet or empty space to jot down the skeleton structure of task 1. I take about 2 minutes for this. Every pointer in this skeleton draft serves as the guide to develop my work on the answerscript. This way I would have my thoughts gathered and documented on the rough sheet. With a short attention span and anxiety, I may forget what I brainstormed. Further, each pointer helps me recall what I thought of. I am able to ensure coherence and cohesion. I take a maximum of 13 minutes to complete task 1 including counting the number of words.
  3. Then I move to task 2. I read the question carefully. I try to comprehend the question. Both tasks require persuasive writing. As advised by my tutor, I don’t jump into the stand I wish to take. I brainstorm and jot down pointers for both views/stands. I review which perspective has more valid points and I go with that.
  4. In this stand, I mark what is my main idea 1, supporting idea 1 and an example. I also identify main idea 2, supporting idea 2 and may or may not give an example.
  5. Once I have identified my stand, I develop a skeleton structure for task 2. I roughly think about the introduction and jot it down. Then for para 2 and 3 respectively, I write the pointers for the main ideas, supporting ideas and corresponding examples. Finally, indicate the conclusion. I also indicate certain discourse markers because my tutor often tells me that I need to connect my statements using such connectors which I fail to do. Using discourse markers adds to the persuasive tone.
  6. I start writing the essay using the pointers as a guideline. Before I write the conclusion, I do the word count to check for any deficiency and prepare the conclusion accordingly.

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