These lessons have practical ideas to help you improve your IELTS writing skills.
How to write IELTS essays
Exam essays are different. These lessons look at ways to improve the way you write in the exam room. It is sometimes about the writing process.
- Read write think your way to better essays – one way to make your writing more coherent is to make sure that you read what you have just written!
- Stop think write – a checklist for IELTS essays – if you want to write better sentences and paragraphs (and you do), then it helps to spend time thinking as you write
Advice on when and how to check your writing and what to check for
IELTS writing – editing general suggestions about how, when and what to check for
An essay writing checklist: a downloadable checklist that helps ensure you write according to the band score criteria
A collection of articles on how to improve the coherence and cohesion of your writing
An introduction to coherence – a simple introduction to what coherence is
Essay coherence 1 – an explanation of how coherence works with a commentary on a sample essay.
Paragraph coherence 1 – an explanation with examples of how to make your paragraphs more coherent using a PEE model
Paragraph coherence 2 – some tips on how to make your paragraphs more coherent with a step-by-step tutorial
Paragraph coherence 3 – a lesson showing how you can improve your coherence by counting the ideas in each paragraph
Conditionals and coherence – how to make your writing more coherent by using conditionals: examples and a quiz
Linking your paragraphs in essays: advice on how to use topic sentences to link your paragraphs together
An introduction to cohesion – a step-by-step guide to making your writing more cohesive with a exercise to download
Improve your cohesion and avoid repetition – examples of useful language to improve your linking and stop repeating words
Spelling and punctuation
Spelling and IELTS – a test and some tips – advice on how to improve your spelling with an interactive spelling test
Sentences and full stops: video tutorial with exercises on using sentences to improve the coherence of your writing