IELTS Writing Task 2:

Lessons, Tips and Strategies

For IELTS writing task 2, general or academic modules, you have to write an essay that must be a minimum of 250 words. You have 40 minutes. 

These lessons, strategies and tips will show you how to write an IELTS essay. They go through all the various types of essay that you may get and instructions on how to best answer them.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons:

These lessons are free and teach you all the key things you need to know about the IELTS writing task 2, such as writing an introduction, analysing essay questions, writing for a band 7, developing coherency and understanding opinion essays.

Intro Lesson: How to Write an IELTS Essay
This starter lessons tells you in simple steps how to structure and write a basic IELTS essay. 

Lesson 1: Analysing Essay Questions Part 1 - Identifying the Topic
Learn how to identify the topic of an essay question in order to help you answer it correctly. 

Lesson 2: Analysing Essay Questions Part 2 - Identifying the Task
This IELTS practice will help you identify the task of an essay question. The most important thing to make sure you answer the question. 

Lesson 3: Brainstorming and Planning an Essay
In this IELTS lesson, learn how brainstorm ideas for your essay and how to extend those ideas and create a plan. 

Lesson 4: Improving Essay Coherency with Transitions
Your writing must be coherent, and this lesson shows you how transitions can help you to do this. 

Lesson 5: Writing an IELTS Essay Introduction
This lesson explains how you should approach writing an introduction for an IELTS Task 2 essay. 

Lesson 6: Writing a Thesis Statement
The thesis statement is an important part of your essay, so this lesson explains how to write thesis statements for different essay types. 

Lesson 7: How to get an IELTS Writing band 7
There is no quick way to achieve this, but this lesson provides some general guidance on what is required to get an IELTS band 7 in the writing module. 

Lesson 8: Improving Essay Coherency with Pronouns
Your writing must be coherent, and this IELTS practice lesson shows you how pronouns can help you to do this. 

Lesson 9: Writing an IELTS Essay Conclusion
Learn how to write a quick conclusion for an IELTS essay.

Lesson 10: Transitional Phrases for Essays
Learn about useful phrases that can be used to improve the sophistication of your writing in argumentative essays.

Lesson 11: Good Paragraph Writing
Writing clear and well-organized paragraphs is essential for your essay, so here you will learn about the basic elements that make up a good paragraph.

Lesson 12: How to write Problem Solution Essays
Learn how to write a problem solution essay for the IELTS test - a quick method that will produce a well-organized answer.

Lesson 13: Understanding IELTS Opinion Essays
Get an overview of the various types of essay that ask for your opinion in the test.

Lesson 14: Answering a more complex essay question
This lesson shows you how to answer a more complex IELTS essay question that does not have a straightforward 'task' given to guide you.

Lesson 15: Personal Pronouns in Essays
Can you use personal pronouns such as 'I', 'our' and 'we' in IELTS essays? Find out more in this lesson.

Lesson 16: Advantage Disadvantage Essay
This lesson shows you how to write an IELTS advantage disadvantage essay that requires you to give an opinion. 

IELTS Essay Questions:

These are common essay questions and topics that have come up in the IELTS writing task 1:

IELTS Writing Clinic:

The purpose of the writing clinic is to send you weekly exercises so that you can practice for all aspects of IELTS writing, including the task 1.

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IELTS Forums:

You can also get more great tips from the questions people have asked in the IELTS Forums about the IELTS writing task 2.

There are two relevant forums:

These are some of the most popular questions that have been asked about the IELTS essay in the Writing Forums:

And remember you can ask your own questions so please visit the forum if you have any questions about the IELTS Writing Task 2. 

IELTS Writing Tips:

These are some of the top tips for IELTS writing:



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