Saturday, November 23, 2013

Planning for an IELTS Essay

The Planning Process Of  Ielts Essay

Plans are important because they need to make sure that you can answer the question and you write sufficient words. Or to put it another way, if you do not think that you can not answer the question, or you can get half way through the essay and find that I have nothing to say.
How to Plan ?

There is no easy answer to this question. Planning tends to be very personal and what works for one person may not work for another. However, there are one or two guidelines to follow:

Be methodical: before you get to the exam, I know exactly how you plan your essay and stick to this plan in the exam.

Give yourself plenty of time: you only have 40 minutes to write the exam, but do not start typing too fast. Time spent planning is rarely wasted and candidates who fail to complete, are usually the ones who start to write too soon.

Remember that this is a language test: IELTS is a test of language, so make sure that your plan helps you produce good language

Keep it simple: your plan is there to help you write. If it is too complex, it can not work in 40 minutes exam scenario.

Read the question: make sure your plan is directly linked to the issue.

How long to Plan ?

Once more, there can be no exact answer here, but I would recommend 10 minutes is approximately correct. This may seem a long time, but as long as you stop and plan for a better and faster to write. People who fail to complete in time are often those who start writing too soon. For more information on this see my post 10 minutes solution.
What to plan - Vocabulary and Examples

Pre-preparing ideas are recommended by a number of text books. But, the pressure of the exam will make it not easy to follow this policy.

I would advise that you focus on examples and vocabulary. Concepts can be explained through good vocabulary, and these concepts can be developed into paragraphs that are logical by using examples. Dictionary will give you ideas and examples will allow you to develop these ideas in successive points.

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