Category Archives: Tips & Help

Concision: the key to IELTS 7 (8 of 8) // Let’s practise being concise

Let’s Practice Being Concise (8 of 8) In this last concision exercise, let’s look at a whole paragraph. This was written by a student in the past, and the essay was about smoking, and how to reduce the amount of smoking in society. The following paragraph is based on a reason for smoking, but the paragraph is very over-written, very repetitive, and not designed well. Can you see the problems?   Try making the following paragraph clearer, better designed, and more concise. The answer will be given and explained in the next post. …

Concision: the key to IELTS 7 (1 of 8) // The Value of Concision

    The Value of Concision (1 of 8) My IELTS Writing Task One book has Tip 6. My IELTS Writing Task Two book has Tip 10. They both have the same name: CUT THE FLUFF! This has helped the average IELTS Writing Score in Taiwan to rise. After my books were published, and with all my teaching, the message finally got out – but there are still many bad books out there, with many bad teachers playing the ‘memorisation game’, and there are large numbers of students who fall for this. Hence, the average writing score is only 5.5. It isn’t even 6, or higher. Not yet. …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (10 of 10)

  Logic (10 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (9 of 10)

  Logic (9 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (8 of 10)

  Logic (8 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (7 of 10)

    Logic (7 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone. …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (6 of 10)

Logic (6 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   Try to work out the logical problems with the following sentences. The answers will be given and explained in the next post. …