In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we learn together 4 amazing tips that help you to boost your writing score.
You should avoid the following mistakes to increase your possibility to get band 9 in Writing:
Mistake 1: not organizing your essay logically, having an unclear progression
and not using linking phrases
Ideas must be expressed and ordered.
Use a range of linking words and phrases, but don’t overuse them
Use referencing and substitution to avoid repetition (this/them/the issue/the
Use punctuation to make your writing coherent
Make sure your ideas are sequenced correctly
Make sure your ideas are logical and easy to follow
Use a separate paragraph for the introduction and the conclusion
Use one paragraph for each idea or topic area.
Overuse basic linking words like firstly (instead, try using ‘The first reason for/
The primary reason for this’)
Start every sentence with a linker (Try to put it in the middle of a sentence. Eg. “Some people believe, however, that individuals must also take responsibility for the environment” or “I believe, on the other hand, that individuals do have a responsibility to…”)
Use numbers, symbols or abbreviations (1, 2, etc, &, +)
Use headings or subheadings
Underline words or phrases
Start every sentence with a linking device.
Mistake 8: Using uncommon vocabulary and spelling it incorrectly
When we learn a language, we use common and uncommon terms.
Common terms are words and phrases we use every day to refer to personal experience and daily habits. Uncommon terms are used when we discuss specific topics.
Words that are old-fashioned and not used in everyday speech should not be used.
If you choose a synonym, the meaning must be the same. For example,
adolescent/teenager have close meaning and can be used interchangeably, however, toddler/baby have quite different meanings.
Collocation is the words that go together, and are suitable to use for different topics. For example: To go on a diet/ to make an investment
If you are discussing child crime, you could use the term ‘minor’ as this is a legal term used to describe children under the age of 18.
If you use phrasal verbs, make sure that you are using the correct preposition as it can change the meaning:
throw out/away = discard
throw up = vomit/get sick
Idioms (cultural language) should only be used if you understand them completely and if they fit the topic you are discussing.
Use precise word choices
Use language that we use in everyday speech
Use words that you understand
Use words and phrases that are related to the topic
Use collocation and phrasal verbs (words that go together naturally
– environmental pollution | major issue | promising future)
Make spelling mistakes
Mix up American and British spelling (You should use one or the other)
Use a word if you don’t understand it or cannot spell it.
Use imprecise words like ‘stuff/thing’
Use slang like ‘gonna’
Use old-fashioned language
Overuse synonyms, one is enough
Mistake 9: Using surveys and research to support your opinion
Use real examples and evidence from your own life experience to support
your opinion. Examiners cannot check if your research and survey examples are
Mistake 10: Using only simple sentence structures
Show the examiner that you can use a wide range of structures and make sure your
sentences are error-free.
It is important to use a mix of complex and simple sentences. But remember, your
complex sentences should not be long and complicated.
Your punctuation needs to be accurate, using capitalization, commas and full stops correctly.
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