Hey everyone! welcome back to my channel This is Dori I'm a teacher of English and today we're

going to talk about the top 15 IELTS writing tips that you should keep in your mind

So, let's get started! Avoid contractions of verbs in formal essays, for example, avoid using "isn't" "don't" "can't" "won't" instead of "will not"

"is not" "do not" "cannot". In formal essays always use the whole 2 words or 1 word in case of cannot ok you can still use

contractions of verbs in general writing task 1 but only if you're asked to send

a letter to a friend or a very close relative If you are asked to write a formal letter again avoid

using contractions of verbs

You usually take this for granted or you are not thinking about it at all but please try to express your ideas

clearly sometimes you may have a lot of ideas and your own personal thinking and

you think that your reader can keep up with that but the reader is not in your

mind so how you can do that

in practice. Take your ideas step by step; express them on paper in this way and always ask yourself: if

someone else reads what I'm writing, will he understand what I'm trying to say?

I know that you think that if you use complex phrasing in your essays

you're going to get more marks but really this is actually true only if you

know 100% how to use complex phrasing the correct way if you don't and you

try to do that this will count against you because you're bound to make

even more mistakes in both grammar and syntax

so use complex phrasing only if you're 100% sure that you know what you're doing if

you want a step by step guide on how to use complex phrasing you can watch this

video over here in this link. Academic vocabulary and the variety of it is really important, too

we know that but again keep in your mind that you cannot just use words that you

think are academic but you've only heard them once and you don't know how they are used

in context so learn your new vocabulary with examples of how these words are used and then try to use them

in your own essay. If these words are not appropriately used in context in your essay

you're going to lose points for that. Be the leader and guide your reader! what do I mean by that; state in your essay what you're going to write

about you can do that in your

introduction and you can do that in the opening sentence of the rest of your paragraphs. If you do that, you're organised,

the reader really knows what to expect and you've got his full attention also you get to

be more structured and less likely to get off track or off topic if you do that

Paragraphs are your friends

Students tend to forget to separate their paragraphs clearly and sometimes you don't

you don't separate any paragraphs at all! You're going to lose points for that. It affects the structure and the whole appearance

of your whole essay. So, please don't forget your paragraphs. As a general rule you need one paragraph for your introduction two or three paragraphs for

the main body and one paragraph for your conclusion do keep that in mind--so easy to do it!

Be careful of punctuation always students do forget that but it is vital

It's not considered a minor thing punctuation is really important in English and by punctuation I basically mean

to use your commas in the right way yes a comma is important so how

do we use them? basically you use commas to separate the same things in a sentence for

example

we need a comma between these. Now, to separate parts of a list, so basically

when you say firstly, secondly, thirdly, first of all, you use all these phrases in your writings so make sure

that you put a comma after them. To separate two parts of the same sentence you always use although and however in your writings

however sometimes you don't use them in the correct syntax for example let's have a

look at these two examples

so this is the

way you need to use them with the commas with the fullstops and with the whole

syntactical structure. With conditionals, we use a comma

for example and basically with all linking

phrases that you're going to use

always always always use a comma

after linking phrases. Avoid using informal and casual vocabulary in formal essays

for example avoid using casual phrasal verbs such as

"give up" you can use "quit" instead and avoid using informal phrases that we use

in speaking in your writings such as "of course, okay, really, alright" don't do that you can do

that in

general task 1 but only if you write a letter or an email to a very close friend or relative. As a general rule avoid these phrases in your writings.

Try to use the passive voice as much as you can because

it is conceded more formal and more academic

for example instead of saying

try to do that as much as you can because it will improve

the academic appearance of your writing if you want to refresh your

memory on passive voice you can do this here in this video. Stay on topic throughout your essay

this may be considered as self-explanatory but actually students especially in task 2 which is more difficult tend to get off track

especially if they have a lot of ideas to write about so never forget what is

the actual question of the topic and be specific in your answer. One thing that will help you

with that is to underline the most important points and be precise in your plan. Avoid using "and" or "but" at the beginning of a sentence

It is considered a little bit abrupt, less advanced users of English do that but really prefer "however" instead of

using "but" at the beginning of a sentence and if you want to use "and" prefer "in addition, additionally,

or also". It will be a lot better and a lot formal. Use linking phrases in between paragraphs

it is very good to use a linking phrase in order to start a new paragraph If you're adding a new point

in your new paragraph that justifies the same idea you can use a linking phrase that does that for

example "in addition, additionally, also, another point

that I want to make" or if you want to say something entirely different

and differentiate the new paragraph from the previous one you can use phrases like "on the other hand, however,

let us not forget the fact that," actually there are lots of phrases for

everything you need to say so don't forget to use them because they would really

help with the cohesion and coherence of your writing which leads us to our next tip

Cohesion and coherence! Your writing is marked by these two friends and if your writing

lacks on one of these two or on both of them

cohesion and coherence you're about to lose valuable points basically what this means is how your

ideas are organized and how they are connected with one another and how

smoothly one idea or one thought follows the previous one so if you want a guide on cohesion and coherence and how you can achieve that in your essays

you can watch this video over here in this link. Task 2 is worth double the marks of task 1 so it is considered more important

and you are gonna get more marks for it so time management it is really going to

help you here. Try to use twenty minutes the most in order to write task 1 and then leave forty minutes in order to do your

best at Task 2. Underline what you are asked in the topic. You'd better do that in all tasks. In General task 1

the topic guides you; it gives you the bullet points and the ideas that they want

you to talk about so underline these bullet points; take down your own notes, your own ideas what

you need to write about and follow this plan as it is. Use as a general rule

one paragraph for each bullet point. In academic task one you can do that too, you

have a lot of information to think about underline key words in the topic and then read carefully the

picture the diagram that you are given and then circle or underline the highest

value the lowest value the two axes if they exist these will really help you to be

organized and focused on what you need to write about and on the most important points basically. In task 2, the topic is going to be a little bit more demanding so underline what you need exactly

to write about. Then, decide beforehand if it is a disadvantages-advantages essay, a problem solution essay, a discussion essay, an opinion essay and decide where you stand and follow this plan

according to the question and what kind of essay it is. This will greatly help you with your cohesion and structure. As a general rule these are the main points you need to consider

Each task has different details and different tips but these tips are going to help you with

whatever tasks you may come across

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