Top Tips for IELTS

IELTS task 2 writing

Where to start

This page is for general advice on IELTS task 2 writing for both academic and general IELTS. If you are new to IELTS or having problems improving your score, may I suggest you first check this video:

You’ll find some other writing tips here. and some more advanced ones here.

Sample essays 

One useful way to prepare for IELTS essays is to learn from model essays. They can show you how to structure essays in different ways and what sort of vocabulary you need. All my model essays come with complete lessons to show you how to do  IELTS writing task 2 more effectively.

IELTS task 2 vocabulary

A list of vocabulary to help with structuring an IELTS essay with an explanation of how to use the vocabulary in practice

Types of essay and IELTS essay structure

It helps to know the different types of essay you will meet in the test and what essay structure you need. I also suggest that you look at the planning lessons below to help with this.

Planning and thinking about the question in task 2 essays

Map of task 2 and writing band scores

IELTS essay map

The process of writing an IELTS essay

This is a series of lessons to guide you through the process of writing exam essays. It looks at each stage of the essay writing process and gives you practical tips and exercises to help you improve your exam writing skills.

Band score 8.0 essays

You’ll find general information about how essays are scored here and information for getting higher scores here:

Recommended essay course


This course comes highly recommended for all serious IELTS candidates. You get

10 interactive tutorials

a step by step approach to hep you write better essays

detailed feedback on 6 essays

detailed help with all 4 band score criteria



How to improve your IELTS essays

Some of my best advice I think is that you should spend time learning how to write an IELTS essay and not just do loads of practice. These lessons give you some training ideas:

Ideas for essays

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