ielts/ toefl / pte essay: Prompt, Plan, Produce, Proofread

Imagine you are in the examination-hall!!

You are stressed. Writing is the last section of the test, so you are a little tired too…You want to finish it fast and go home.. You want to get out of this claustrophobic room as quickly as possible…

And now you read the essay title..You find it pretty straightforward.. so you read it casually….may be twice..

And then you start your writing… WITHOUT PLANNING…..

It is essential to follow the right steps, every-time you write an essay. You need to understand the main-theme, and the sub-theme of the question… you need to decide.. your line of argument.. your exception paragraph… your introduction… body.. conclusion.. before you write the first line..

Here are the steps you are advised to follow:

1. Prompt: Understand the question.. Do STOP (Scope / Tone / Organization / Purpose) of the question.

2. Make a rough draft of what you want title.

3. Write your essay.. talking about one theme in one paragraph..Follow a template you mastered..

4. Proofread your essay.

Here is one useful way to plan.. try BRAIN DUMP..
Put your thoughts on paper.. quickly.. without judging..without thinking about spellings.. or flow.. just keep writing everything that comes in your mind.. read the topic.. and make sure you address all the keywords in the prompt.

From this dump, you can choose your ideas later. You can discard the ones which do not make sense to you.. and select the ones that you like.

Reading Comprehension Tips

Reading comprehension tests scare many people. Reason- reading as a skills is never taught in school. So the result is only a few students who are endowed with the natural liking for reading, develop this skill.

Here are a few tips to improve reading comprehension

  1. Focus on precision first then focus on speed
  2. Do a mock test to identify your areas of opportunities and strengths
  3. Skim to get the basic idea of the passage before reading it.
  4. Go through the questions to know what to focus on
  5. Identify keywords from the questions
  6. Look for synonyms for the keywords
  7. Do the easy questions first –> Words Based –> Line Based –> Paragraph Based –> Passage Based
  8. Practice using varied content taken from different sources
  9. Maintain a corrections log with strategies and best practices updated for each question where you went wrong
  10. Write annotations (short notes ) for each paragraph
  11. Practice STOP: Scope / Tone /Organization / Purpose
  12. Use process of elimination to get the right answer
  13. Give marks to the answers seem similar
  14. Pay attention to the tone of the question
  15. Read the first and last line of the passage first
  16. Pay attention to signpost words: But / However/Although/Moreover/ Furthermore/ Nevertheless/ Consequentially
  17. Practice with purpose: After every reading test make sure you update your corrections log with learning.

Can educating people to consume healthy food persuade them to consume healthy food.

It is ironical that: It is ironical that even those who know the importance of health, do not take care of it. It is ironical that everyone agrees about eating simple food, still only a few follow this discipline.

It is ironical that every-one understands the importance of food, but so few are actually conscious of what they eat. Thus, educating people can actually yield limited dividends. Let us find what other steps could be taken to bring about a positive change in people’s food habits.

The purpose is not to undermine the importa vnce of educating masses. In fact, when people are aware of the health hazards associated with consuming fast-food, they would limit or stop its consumption. To quote an example, a drastic decline was reported in consumption of cold-drinks when people got to know about the ill effects of consuming it.

However, changing food habits of masses is not an easy task.  In addition to education, a proper regulatory system which governs what is sold in the markets is essential. There should be clear demarcation on the packaging of food, whether it is good for health or not. If some food item is found to be harmful, it should be immediately banned. We can quote the example of Maggi-noodles in this context. Timely government action, forced the company to stop the sale of Maggi immediately.

Another reason for the decline in public health is unhealthy lifestyle. Thus, encouraging masses to embrace a healthy lifestyle will also be helpful in addressing this issue. To quote an example, Delhi government has established open-gyms in many parks, which is a welcome step towards fitness.

To conclude, educating the masses can yield limited dividends. It requires a multipronged approach to enlighten people about eating healthy food and leading a healthy life.

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PTE Essay- Age discrimination occurs when a decision is made on the basis of a person’s age. In the workplace, these are most often decisions about being employed in the first place, winning promotions or being unfairly dismissed. Should discrimination against older workers be made illegal?

Undeniably, laws are there to protect fundamental rights of citizens. As far as the question of discriminating against senior or older workers is concerned, i don’t feel such behaviour can be regulated by law. Let us dig deeper to analyze various aspects of the topic.
To begin with, employers are the sole custodians of their business. For the progress of their business, they need to take some tough decisions. In this regard, it becomes imperative for them to employ the right person for the right job. This is the basic tenet of any business. If the law of the land regulates employment, it would be considered as an uncalled for interference. To quote an example, for front office jobs in airlines and other industries, young and presentable executives are desirable. Old people may not be the best-fit for such positions. Similarly, other vocations such as those of army and air-force, call for a certain level of physical strength. Candidates beyond a certain age, might not come with that strength, and hence can-not be employed for such positions. It would be prudent for law to leave such decisions to the employers only.
Well, the purpose is not to say that discrimination based on age is healthy. Law should definitely address such issues where employers show personal bias towards employees based on age or gender. However, law making authorities should be prudent enough to understand the demands of the job. For example, even for government jobs there are set benchmarks for age and physical fitness. Only those aspirants, who fulfill the criteria, are given an opportunity to appear in the test.
To conclude, I do not endorse the view that discrimination based on age should be declared unlawful.

Essay – Some people think that several short holidays from school are better, while others think one long summer holiday for the year is better for children. Discuss and include your own opinion and relevant examples from your experience.  

Some people think that several short holidays from school are better, while others think one long summer holiday for the year is better for children. Discuss and include your own opinion and relevant examples from your experience.


School holidays- long are short- always bring happiness to students. I would rather go with one long vacation, rather than many shorter ones. Let us explore various aspects of this topic.

There are several strong reasons to support one long annual-vacation. The strongest reason is that it gives enough time to learn a new skill. To quote an example, I learnt swimming and playing guitar during my summer vacations. Developing a new skill requires long-dedicated training. It is possible to dedicate long hours, if there is no homework to do.  Second reason is that it gives enough time to travel and explore new places. I still remember how I enjoyed my trip to Srinagar and Kashmir during my summer vacations. I cherish the old-days I spent there. Lastly, long vacations give us opportunity to spend time with our grandparents and cousins. During our vacations all my relatives used to gather at one place. It was like an unending carnival. Right from the beginning of the day to the late nights, we used to enjoy to the hilt without the worries of tomorrow.

There are several advantages of short vacations also. They help to break the monotony of a mundane routine. For example, winter vacations after half-yearly exams rejuvenate a student. As such, school routines are too hectic these days. A short break helps a student to gear up for the days ahead. For that matter, even two-days week-off also serves the purpose.

To conclude, while there are positive points on both sides of argument, I tend to go with long yearly holidays, rather than several short breaks.

Corrections Log

Your mistakes are your most important teachers. In order to make sure that you learn from them, it is important to maintain a corrections log.

For every error / slip you commit it is important to write a short note in the corrections log with a reference of the mistake. This will help you learn the right strategies to do the test.

Should airlines be free from government regulations – IELTS Essay

Some people think that air travel should grow without government regulations, while others believe that governments regulate them. Discuss both views and give your own opinion..

Rough Draft

Go down for the essay…

Government should regulate it… (control it… regulate it…

  1. For air traffic control…
  2. To prevent any mal practices.. and
  3. Over charge the customers..

 Grow without any regulations.. autonomous.. governed by their own rules.


  1. they know their business well.. restrictive..
  2. the ticket prices might be less.. if there is no minimum price / barrier.
  3. it may lead to price war and some airlines may suffer losses..


Conclusion: To conclude, I strongly advocate that Airline industries should be given autonomy to operate their business..

 Intro… 3 lines..

  1. State the obvious
  2. State your opinion
  3. Deep dive..


Undeniably, government regulations may restrict the freedom of airlines. I am of the opinion that in the larger interest of stakeholders, airline industries should not be bound by government-policies. Let us dig deeper to understand the nuances of this complex topic.


Those who support government regulations give many arguments to bolster their views. Firstly, such regulations will restrict (prevent) any malpractices by the operators. Sometimes to earn profits, they resort to such ways which might not be in the best interest of the society. To quote an example, they may comprise with the safety norms of flying. They may also reduce prices for a short time just to attract a lot of customers. This may lead to closure of some operators.


However, there are equally strong arguments to de-regulate airlines. The strongest argument is that it will benefit customers as airlines can offer inexpensive flights. It will also lead to competition where the operators will try to enhance their quality of services and offers. To quote an example, international operators such as Lufthansa provide excellent services because they are not bound by such regulations. Another argument is that Airline-operators are well-versed with their business. Over-regulation by public-bodies sometimes hinders their growth. This may also lead to huge losses to them.


My view is that as far as security is concerned, there should be no-compromise. However, on other aspects such as fixing ticket-rates, airlines should be given a free hand. This will enable them to run their business in a smooth manner.


To conclude, I strongly advocate that Airlines should be free from the clutches of government-regulations.

IELTS Essay Practice.. Will the world be a better place with fewer languages? Sample Essay

Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.


Analysis of topic: To what extent do you agree or disagree… in other words.. you can discuss both views.. and support one… Make sure you give a clear final verdict that reflects your opinion

It is good because:1. Fewer languages, easier communication 2. Some languages lose relevance 3. Ease of Business..

It is bad because..1. Cultural diversity 2. Regional nuances 3. Scriptures and old knowledge

I support.. Preserving languages is important from the perspective of preserving diversity of cultures and old-knowledge..

Write conclusion first.. While some languages might not be used in day-to-day, transactions, it still makes eminent sense to save them.







Languages are akin to bridges. Every language old or new; spoken by many, or by a few, has its value, and so it should be preserved. Let us dig deeper to understand the nuances of this subject, with some examples.

Counter argument first:

Will fewer languages make our life easier or convenient? Well, it may ease communication to a certain extent. Businessmen my find it easier to tie with people from diverse cultures, if they communicate using same verbiage. It is also true that, languages have their own life-span. They are similar to living entities, and with passage of time, their vocabulary, rules of grammar etc lose relevance. So, it is natural for some languages to lose currency. It will not be a good idea (pragmatic) to force using a certain language, even if it does not serve the purpose. In other words, fewer languages may have some advantages.

Does this mean, old languages need not be preserved? I beg to differ. Death of a language is the death of an era. It means a fatal blow to associated knowledge. To quote an example, Sanskrit is an old Indian language which is not very popular today, however, old Hindu scriptures such as Bhagwat Geeta and Ramayana were written in this language. Further, books of Aurveda (a branch of medicine) ,were also written in Sanskrit. To preserve this knowledge, it is imperative to preserve Sanskrit.

There are other compelling arguments to preserve old languages. A language is like Oxygen for the culture of an area. To preserve the rich and diverse culture of a region, it becomes necessary to preserve the native language.


To conclude, while some languages might not be used in day-to-day transactions, it still makes eminent sense to preserve them.

Essay Topic: Are online business meetings and training better than offline mode?

Essay Topic: Are online business meetings and training better than offline mode?

Essay Topic: Are online business meetings and training better than offline mode?


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Essay Topic: Are online business meetings and training better than offline mode?

Nowadays many business meetings and training are happening online and not in real offices. Do you think advantages outweigh the disadvantages in this matter?

Advantages…. 1. saves time of travelling.. 2. Saves money.. 3. saves energy.. saves paper.. 4. Anywhere anytime… learning… / 5. Pppl from diff areas.. 6. Lodging and boarding..
Disadantages.. 1. Personal touch.. 2. Dependency on computer, internet and electrictiy… 3. Confidential information may get leacked.. 4. Sub such as math etc.. might not be taught easily..5. we can not touch a product or equipment.. so we can not check the quality..


Intro… 3 line…a. state the obvious.. b. state your opinion.. c.. invite for further discussion….

The advent of computer and internet have made online-learning and real time-meeting easy and inexpensive. In my perspective this is a welcome change. Let us dig deeper to understand the benefits of this new trend.

In the era before internet, organizing meetings or training sessions was an arduous task. Lot of preparation was required in arranging the logistics. First of all, appropriate venue was required. Secondly, expenditure on arranging conference-rooms used to be very high. Further, people needed to travel to the venue. Many participants used to hate travelling from one city to another, just to attend a session for a few hours. Not just the participants, the same problems were faced by trainers or the conveners of meetings also. In short, organizing and managing such sessions was a nightmare.

However, internet and online meeting software have changed the whole landscape. More meetings and training sessions are conducted online, than face-to-face, these days. To quote an example, I learnt German from a native through online mode. I searched for a good trainer in Delhi, but he was located very far, and he quoted exorbitant (excessive) (very high) fees. Thankfully, I got introduced to a German native, who agreed to teach me at lower-rate. I am enjoying my training, and I am learning really quickly. Similarly, in my office, we conduct meetings with our branches in other countries, through online-applications. I find it very easy and as effective as fact-to-face mode. Organizing the meeting is quite easy now. In other words, online mode is actually a blessing-in-disguise, as it helps to save time, energy and money.

To conclude, it is obvious that online-meetings and training-sessions score higher than the offline mode, in today’s world.

To conclude, boudaries are no more the barriers in the modern world. Internet has bridged the gaps between geographies. I tend to believe that online mode is a better way to conduct meetings and coachings, than the old modes.

blessing in disguise
logistics: vyavastha…
yester years
ardous task: difficult task
changed the whole landscape