SMASH IELTS: Things To Do Before You Write I

 

Writing is hard or easy, depending on how you approach it. If you approach it with dread and disdain you will find it hard and you won’t get the best out of yourself. If you approach it with interest and a genuine desire to improve, you will find it easy. You will enjoy writing and enjoy learning how to write better.

 

IELTS writing is different from regular academic or general writing. It is designed to fail you and designed to make sure you are unsure about the requirements. In this class we how to equip you with the skills and knowledge about the requirements of the IELTS writing test (and other parts) and support you to use that to get excellent grades.

 

As earlier said, writing can be hard or easy. Today I want to share down things that can help boost your scores in IELTS writing even before you pick a pencil. (Note, the exam is written in pencil, for best results).

 

1. Read

Every writer knows this but I have to state it again: the quality of your writing can not be better than the quality of your reading.

What should you read?
That depends on how soon your exam is. If your exam is in 4-6 months or more then read widely. Visit foreign news/literary sites like the NewYorker, CNN,BBC and Time and read any articles you find interesting. Read them with the IELTS marking scheme in mind. Read them to learn new words and how to use old ones. Read them to learn idioms and expressions and figures of speech. Read.

If your exam is in less than three months, then read model essays. Before you write an essay, read a model essay. Don’t write more essays than you have read. Read.

 

2. Research

When you see a practice essay, don’t rush into writing it. Do some reasearch on the topic.
You won’t have that luxury in the exam but this will build your vocabulary and creative expression faster than trying to cram dictionaries and reference texts. Highlight new words and ideas and practice making them more coherent. Don’t write from empty as long as you can help it. Fill your head with ideas so you can use them to write brilliant essays. Remember, many essay questions and topics get repeated. The harder you work, the luckier you are likely to be.

3. Reason

When you have an essay to write, don’t rush into it. Of course you will write an introduction, a body and a conclusion; but IELTS writing is more than that. IELTS writing has to satisfy the requirements. And the first step to doing this is to

A. Understand the question.

Ask yourself what kind of essay or letter type is needed here. What are the essentials, what is the frame work? Are there subheadings I need to include to make sure I achieve the task?

 

B. Plan Your Answer

Draft what you want to write before you write it.

How many paragraphs are you going to write?

What will their topic sentences be?

How many idioms can you use, reasonably?

Where are you going to use them?

What deliberate efforts can you make to improve your essay?

C. Plan your revision process.

We will discuss this more later, but all writers know that good essays don’t happen the first time. They often go through 2-100 drafts.

You don’t have the time or resources for multiple drafts in an examination, but you can still apply the principles. Plan to polish your essay till you have a better version than the one you started with. Plan to excel.

 

I hope this short note has been helpful. I will appreciate some feedback. A show of emojis, a comment, anything to show you read this.

Thank you.

To register for classes and for consultation send an email to stnaija@gmail.com

 

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