11th June 2021

A common grammatical mistake I see is when people use It, This and That in their writing. These words are important because they are used to refer back to something mentioned earlier. Referencing, or referring back in this way, has an impact on your Coherence and cohesion score. The image below shows how to use…

The Key to IELTS Writing Task 2
17th May 2020

Worksheets for The Key to IELTS Writing Task 2 Course book. Click on the links below to download pdfs of the worksheets: Section 1: Developing task 2 skills Worksheets for Lessons 1 to 5  Worksheets for lessons 6 to 10 Section 2: Test practice Worksheets for Lessons 11 to 15 Worksheets for Lessons 16 to 20  …

18th April 2019

This post will clarify what I mean when I advise band 6.5 candidates to ‘discuss both sides’, and help you to understand when and where to write a counter-argument. I often find my advice about ‘discussing both sides’ being misunderstood or misinterpreted. Some people mistakenly believe that when I say that ‘you must always discuss…

16th November 2018

Discussing Problems and solutions and advantages and disadvantages I am often asked ‘How should I answer questions about problems and solutions, or questions where we need to say whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?”  The questions I’m asked often focus on numbers: ”How many paragraphs should write? Can I write about just one advantage and one…

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