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IELTS Academic – Writing Part 1

IELTS Academic Writing Part 1:

The overall design of writing test

The writing test of IELTS academic comprises of two sections

Task 1: Analyse a Graph

Task 2: Write an Essay

The right approach to analyse the question

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7 bands in ielts academic

The first step is to understand the nature of the question. In task one you may either get a diagram or a graph. Your approach to write the answer  would depend upon the nature of question.

There are certain steps which are common

  • Identify trends

    Something increases / decreases / shows a fluctuating pattern

Identify Highlights

Which are the most important observation

Draw Comparisons

  • Any contrasting features – while a shows a rising patter, b shows a falling pattern,
  • while a first increased and then decreased, b first increased and then decreased.

Steps to follow

  • Analyse the question
  • Make some rough notes
  • Make sure you identify trends comparisons and highlights
  • Write in brief (150 words)

Time Management

  • 20 minutes is the time in which you should try to finish this test.
  • Don’t think too much while doing the test – write quickly
  • Learn formats and use them
  • Make a list of words to highlight trends comparisons and highlights and use them.

Here is a complete tutorial for you to download for learn and practice task 1.

Graphs Learning By Examples

 

To Improve ‘Speaking’ – Practice ‘Writing’

 

Writing can be a way to improve speaking. Let’s See How..

The ground rules of writing and speaking are the same….

Firstly, is supposed to be succinct and clear.
Secondly, one is supposed to use appropriate vocabulary,
Thirdly, one is supposed to show grammatical range and accuracy,
and lastly, it is desirable to write or speak in an engaging way.

Thus, by practicing writing you improve speaking.

So, it my advise is to work on writing first!!

When you write, you can think and decide about about the best way to express your thoughts.  You do not get this opportunity while speaking because speaking is spontaneous.

Further, you can also go back and correct yourself. In fact you prepare and train your subconscious  to organize your thoughts and put them in an interesting and engaging manner.

So, make effective communication a your  ‘natural style’.

Start with writing, to improve your speaking.

So ‘writing’ can be an effective way to improve ‘speaking’!!!

 

‘Delhi air pollution levels’ – Essay On Pollution And Cars

“delhi air pollution levels” – Essay On Pollution

Essay on pollution, should cars be banned
Should cars be banned

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Do advantages of having your own car outweigh the environmental issues caused by pollution?

Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons and examples from your own life.

Do advantages of having your own car outweigh the environmental issues caused by pollution?

Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons and examples from your own life.

Solution

Last few decades have witnessed an unprecedented increase  in sale of personal utility vehicles. While the advent of faster and fuel-efficient cars has eased our lives, the resultant pollution has put a question mark on our survival. Clearly, it is time to re-evaluate our priorities and take some pragmatic (practical) decisions, in the larger interest of the planet and its inhabitants.

So what is done when a particular part of our body develops cancerous growth? We promptly and ruthlessly cut that apart- least should it affect other parts of the body killing the subject completely. Newspapers are replete with reports on how vehicular pollution especially from personal vehicles has caused catastrophes  in the form of floods, global warming, acid rains, various types of diseases including the most dreaded ones like cancer etc. Clearly, excessive use of cars is ruining our environment.

So, what’s the way out ? Can we do without personal vehicles? Can there be a middle path to follow? Examples of countries like Singapore and Australia present a strong case of how investing in infrastructure can drastically reduce dependence on personal automobiles, if not eliminate them completely . It took determined efforts on the part of governments and Samaritans to achieve such a state –  the results are definitely far reaching. These countries not just boast of  their healthy living conditions ,but also attract a lot of workers and students from all across the world. Thus, it behooves other nations as well to follow suit.

To recapitulate, I do endorse the view that sagacious and judicious use of cars is the need of the hour. However, banning them completely does not seem to be a prudent step.

Some Interesting Phrases

unprecedented increase  in sale of personal utility vehicles

We have seen an unprecedented rise in pollution levels.

Developments in science and technology has brought about changes in our lives.

The unprecedented demand for quality education has led to mushrooming growth of schools.

advent of

The advent of metro rail has transformed the scenario of transportation in Delhi.

The advent of mobile phones has made our lives complicated.

The advent of internet has eased our quest for information.

The advent of MNCs has helped to solve the problem of unemployment to a certain extent.

Analysis of essay based on

Task completion, Cohesion Cohere, Grammar, Accuracy

 

Use of conjunctions and transition words

 

However à to show another point of view…

Technical advancements are great. However, we should not adapt them blindly.

Technological advancements are great; however, it has many negative impacts also.

 

 

Although à To show two views out of which one is stronger than other.

Although everyone is aware of importance of health, only a few take care of it.

While à To talk about two views or thoughts with more emphasis on one… similar to although..

While hard work is important, it is not enough for success.

 

On the flip side / on the other hand.

On the flip side, use of technology in the field of agriculture causes many crop diseases. Moreover, it leads to environmental pollution by giving rise to harmful microorganisms.

Is the bedrock of: Provides base to

Good education is the bedrock of development. New Delhi is the bed rock of small enterprises.

The Right Approach To Ace The Tests

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The Right Approach To Ace The Tests

Every test is unique, and so it is advisable to get acquainted with its format first. This enables you to identify areas of opportunities, and plan your preparation.

The best way to start is by taking a mock test.

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IELTS Sample Test

GRE Sample Test

PTE Sample Test

Remember, practice with purpose yields results.

  • Take a Mock Test
  • Identify areas of opportunities
  • Practice essay writing using standard formats
  • Maintain a Corrections – Log
  • Practice With Purpose
  • First Focus on Precision, then on speed
  • Take Mock Tests in simulated environments
  • Practice different varieties of essays
  • Listening can be a great way to improve pronunciation and improve vocabulary
  • Make learning partners and speak with them
  • Use your free time to watch ted videos
  • Watch 7 rules of learning English by AJ Hog
  • Make a list of these rules and practice them as often as you can
  • A logical sequence of practice would be
    • Reading Listening Writing Speaking
      • Reading and Listening help you develop the right accent and vocabulary
      • Which can be helpful in Writing and Speaking
    • Thus first reading and listening and then writing and speaking
    • Make a list of standard phrases with one or two sentences on them
    • Remember the rule of Practice With Purpose

Sample Essay – Should long term job seekers give back to the society?

Should long term job seekers in receipt of government benefits be made to do voluntary work so that they give something back to the community? Give reasons for your answers and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
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Essay Topic: Long Term Job Seekers

Should long term job seekers in receipt of government benefits be made to do voluntary work so that they give something back to the community?

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

  •  Understanding the topic is the half the battle.
  •   Make sure you read the topic at least 5 times.
  •  Write some words / phrases / quotes / vocabularies / examples.. Don’t worry about the order
  •  From this chaotic collection of thoughts, you can pick and choose those which you want to include in your essay.
  •  Also, this gives you a chance to settle your mind a little-bit.

Step 1: Brain-storm

  •  Its is about social responsibility and giving back to the society,
  •   By doing so the receivers feel good,
  • They learn new skills and retain the older ones
  • Further, they can remain happily engaged which is good for their psychological health,
  • In other words, they will not feel depressed.

So eventually, you tend to believe that giving back is good… and see.. half the essay is ready

Step 2 – Decide about the paragraphs – Point / Examples / Explanation

Think of yourself as if you are writing a story for a movie.

Think of adding variety to your writing by using fresh vocabulary, crisp structures..

And of course some new and uncommon grammatical structures.

Step 3: Get excited about writing a great essay.. but remain original… remember… The purpose of communication is to express.. not to impress..

 

Introduction – 3 sentences

Undeniably, every citizen is obliged to serve the nation in his or her capacity. I firmly believe that job-seekers should also contribute through voluntary work in the pursuit of nation-building. A deep dive will help to understand this subject holistically.

 

Body Paragraph – Follow PEE (Point Example, Explanation)

There are many reasons to support this view. Firstly, voluntary work will help the participants to use their skills. It is a known fact that if we do not use our knowledge and abilities, then they get rusted. Thus, the only way to retain and sharpen a skill is to use it. This is the very reason, that even during peace-time, defense personnel keep on doing ‘mock- drills’. ‘The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war’ is the guiding tenet they follow.

 Second Body Paragraph

The second advantage of voluntary work is that it helps the job-seekers to build necessary confidence to live with pride. Others also respect them for their work-ethic and contribution. Overall, it helps building amicable relations between different sections of the society. Most importantly, job-seekers can perform such activities which are beyond the scope of employed-citizens. For instance, activities such as caring for elders and kids, helping police to maintain law-and-order, teaching children and helping them learn new skills are some of the activities which are usually neglected. It is also seen that sometimes, due to lack of funds many citizens are not able to afford such services. It will be a blessing in disguise if poor sections get such services absolutely free.

 Conclusion

To conclude, it behooves long term job seekers to actively get involved in meaningful work. This will help them as-well-as others lead a happy life.

 

How To Write Essay Introduction (IETLS / TOEFL / PTE) Part 2

IELTS ESSAY / TOEFL ESSAY / PTE ESSAY Introduction

‘Practice with purpose’ is the foundation of learning a new skill. Sometimes, even after a lot of practice one does not learn the desired skill.

Why?

Well, the reason is obvious, our practice is not focused. The best way is to break a larger goal into smaller goals and work on each of them separately.

In context of writing essays we can divide our approach into following parts-

  1. Writing Introduction
  2. Writing Body Paragraphs
  3. Writing Conclusions

However before thinking about introduction / body / conclusion.. it makes sense to plan what you want to write first… Thus first make a rough draft of what you want to write, then start your essay…

For each of these sections we can have a collection of phrases and fixed expressions which we can use in drafting our thoughts.

Bingo! These templates give you a head-start to begin on the right foot.

Lets explore expressions and terms we can use in writing introduction today..

Use a quote

‘Well begin is half done.’ This cliche beautifully sums up the essence of this topic. A deep dive will help us to analyse and understand various aspects of this topic.

State the obvious… State your Opinion… Invite for further discussion

Some people say that children should be taught as school, others opine that children should be taught at home instead of schools.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.

The topic of school education has been been the epicenter of discussions in many forums. Everyone is interested to find the best way to educate children. Let us dig a little deeper to understand this subject holistically.

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In last few years we have witnessed an unprecedented changes in the arena of school-education. Everyone has some opinion about the best way to teach, however there is no universal consensus on the subject. Let us dig a little deeper to understand this subject holistically.

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Undeniably, school education lays the foundation for a bright career. There are differing views on the best way to educate children, however there is no consensus. A deep dive into the subject will help us to understand the pros and cons associated with different methods.

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The subject of school-education has attracted a lot of attention in last few decades. I tend to believe that there is no one-size-fits-all way of teaching school-children. Let us dig a little deeper to understand this subject holistically.

Let us take some more examples

1. Arts sports and music should be replaced by more career oriented subjects in schools. Do you agree or disagree.

This is a decision topic. You have to support one side..

Sample introductions..

It would be naive to say that there are no career options in the field of arts and sports. Dropping them from school-education will be a big mistake, according to me. Let us dig deeper to understand the nuances of this subject.

In the last few decades, we have witnessed unprecedented changes in the arenas of career-choices. Fields such as arts and sports have opened many avenues for those who are interested in them. I don’t think dropping these subjects from school-education will be a good idea. Let us dig deeper to understand this subject holistically.

2. Some people say that it is better to get married before 30. Others say that one should get married only after 30. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Marriage and the the age to marry is a personal choice. However, I tend to believe that it is advisable to get married sooner than later. Let us dig a little deeper to understand various aspects of this subject holistically.

 

Part 1 – Essay Writing Tips

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Essay Writing Tips

1. Please read your essay AT LEAST TWICE before submitting. It is YOU who should CORRECT YOUR ERRORS which you can. Don’t let any error slip into your essay WHICH YOU CAN CORRECT.
Essay Writing TIps
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2. Use short expressions and sentences. For example, in the  intro you can say say “Vacations help you to rejuvenate and refresh by doing something different from your routine life. It makes a person more productive and peaceful. There are different views and counter-views about the duration of paid-vacations. Let us analyze them to understand various aspects of this subject.
3. Let the subject sink into you intelligence completely. Analyse views and counter-views deeply. Then write your essay.
4. Be at peace with yourself. Remember, you are already there. Your handwriting is beautiful and you already know how to write a good essay. Just show what you really think about the topic. Don’t worry too much about vocabulary or grammar. You can take care of itafter writing the essay. Give yourself at least 5 minutes to reach and check.
5. Embrace speed. Move past every sentence quickly. Think once before writing. But, don’t think too much before writing. Write short and crisp paragraphs. Follow PEE structure while writing paragraphs.

An essay is an integral part of IELTS / TOEFL / SAT / PTE and other English tests.

This week we will discuss essential skills to score high on essays.

  • Follow a fixed process – Prompt  / Plan / Produce / Proofread

  • Develop a list of standard phrases to be used in different sections of the essay
  • Divide your time into – planing, writing, and checking

Template for Introduction

  • Line 1: State the Obvious
  • Line 2: State your view
  • Line 3: Invite for further discussion

Template for Body

  • Use PEE (Point / Example / Explanation)

Point – The topic sentence of the paragraph

Example – This is optional.. If you wish to support your idea with a cogent example, put it here.

Explanation: To further your expand your point of view.

TIP: To prepare writing essays… you can divide your preparation into following sections

  1. Understanding nature of essay… Analyse different varieties of essays and develop structure on them.
  2. Develop  designs/Templates for each of the essay types
  3. Develop standard vocabulary for each of the essay types
  4. Practice writing full essays.. Take one type at a time and write a few essays on that type, till you master it.
  5. Maintain a Corrections Log

Here is an example

Type: Decision Essay.. You have to defend one side of the argument…

Topic: Some people believe that it is the individual faith that helps recovery rather than the quality of treatment or the qualifications of the doctor.
What is more important according to you?

 Sample 1

Introduction

Personal faith of the patient and the qualifications of a doctor, both are vital in successful treatment. However, I tend to believe, that a qualified practitioner plays far more important role. A deep dive into the subject will help to understand various aspects of it. 

II Para: My Agenda: PEE … Point Example Explanation

There are many reasons to give higher priority to an able hand. By virtue of treating many patients with similar ailments, a doctor gains necessary experience to prescribe proper medicine based on the symptoms, age and other factors. To quote an example, one of my friends who was unconscious after an accident. He was saved because he got proper medical assistance immediately. As he was unconscious, he did not even know about the name of the doctor or type of medication given to him. Clearly, his faith did not play any role in his recovery. Similarly, we see many examples of patients with severe diseases such as cancer, lead a normal life, because of the treatment from an able doctor. Advancements in the field of medicine and surgery have further enabled doctors to treat dreaded diseases. They constantly evolve their practices and methods to provide better treatment.

Exception Paragraph

On the other hand, newspapers are replete with examples of sufferers losing this lives because of some quacks. They go with a lot of faith, but because of inappropriate medicines, they are killed or their disease gets worsened. (aggravated). The purpose is not to undermine, the value of faith, but a doctor plays a more important role.

Conclusion

To conclude, faith acts a catalyst in the process of treatment, however it is the treatment given by an expert that actually cures a patient.

 

 

 

 

Sample 2

 

Undeniably, qualifications of doctor as well as personal faith affect a patient. However, if I have to tell one over the other, I would say it is the doctor’s abilities that come first. A deep dive into the subject will help us to understand all the related aspects to this preposition.

Qualifications and experience of a doctor play a pivotal role in the treatment of a patient. We can take the example of a child in this case. A 5 years old child is too small to understand faith. Yet, when he is given proper treatment, he responds well and recovers quickly. The case is similar for grown-ups as well. Even when we go with no faith, our bodies respond positively to good treatment. On the contrary, wrong medication does inflict harm on our body. Our faith does little to save us from the hands of an unqualified practitioner.

Faith also plays its due role. It is generally seen that patients with faith recover and recuperate faster than those without. However, it would be presumptuous to put faith at a higher pedestal than the qualifications and experience of an able doctor. Newspapers are replete with reports about how naive people become victim of fake treatments given by quacks. A few even lose their lives as a result of taking such medicines. Further, there are many whose diseases get aggravated by consuming medicines prescribed by such impostors.

In the final analysis, treatment given by a knowledgeable and qualified doctor is the primary determinant. Faith and attitude affects the speed of recovery to a certain extent.

 Another conclusion

 To conclude, I firmly believe that personal faith can-not be a substitute for a good doctor. I strongly advise to go with a good doctor and then take medicines with faith. 

Welcome All!

Lets share knowledge!

Knowledge is one thing which grows by sharing.

In the journey of taking various tests, you might have learnt some skills that you found useful.

Each of you must have taken one or the other exam in your life. Whether you got the desired results or not, the experience must have taught you some lessons.

 

The best way to celebrate your success is by sharing your experience, which can become a guiding light for others.

Any tips you share on Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking, Quantitative or, Verbal sections of test would be useful to us.

Do share your experiences of taking the test in the comments below.

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Reading

 

Reading Strategies and Tips – Prepare, Practice, Succeed!

Reading strategies to speed up and get the right answers.

Reading – Tips

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Reading is an intense exercise. It calls for concentration and undivided attention. People who are not accustomed to reading find it difficult to develop this skill. Consistent efforts and practice with purpose yields results.

The right strategies can help you gain speed and accuracy. Learn them, practice them, apply them!!

  • Develop interest in reading.
  • First focus on precision, then focus on speed.
  • Practice using different types of passages
  • Focus on -STOP
    • Scope,
    • Tone,
    • Organization
    • Purpose
  1. Fill up the blanks – Tips

    1. Note the maximum number of words / numbers acceptable
    2. Understand the context
    3. Understand the type of word (noun / verb / adjective / number)
  2. MCQs – Tips

    1. Paraphrase and predict
    2. Read the options later
    3. Select the right option
    4. Process of Elimination ( POE)

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  1. True / False /Not Given – Tips

    1. Look for evidence
    2. If there is a clear evidence to support / contradict the statement – True / False
    3. Else, Not Given
    4. Even when there is a possibility of True / or False [under different situations].. the answer will be not given

Example:

 

Text: Aryans are native Indians

Question: Aryans are found only in India.

  1. Match the heading – Tips

    1. Read one paragraph at a time..
    2. Look at the whole paragraph not individual lines.
    3. Paraphrase it to get the essence of it
    4. Match with the options

If two answers seem to be right.. Select both of them first and later you can do a tug-of-war to select the best one.

First Precision Than Speed

First focus on getting the questions right. Speed is always a result of practicing he skills for a reasonably long time. So, regular practice will make you fast.

Thus, you will do well to just do away with the watch during the initial phase of your preparation. Your focus should be to the questions right.

You will develop speed by practicing regualry.

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Success Stories

Success in IELTS TOEFL PTE and SAT is a function of using the right techniques. ‘Practice with the purpose’ – can help you learn those techniques, and develop the right approach!


 

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SAT 1450  TOEFL 111        Vedant is a bright student. He was very clear from the very beginning that he wanted to pursue his graduation from US. Keeping this goal in mind, he started preparing for SAT and TOEFL right after class 8.
Vedant took his first SAT right after 9th standard. This gave him the necessary experience to develop the right approach.
Early start helped him to go confidently in the direction of his dreams.

IELTS General 8 Bands in first attempt

Inderjeet is disciplined software professional.Her command over English was good; however, she was not aware of the dynamics of the test. During coaching, she focused on learning the right approach towards the test. Most importantly, she focused on time-management skills. Inderjeet was quite confident after doing a couple of mock tests. She scored 8 bands in her test in the very first attempt.

This helped her develop the necessary confidence to complete the test in the given time-span. Interestingly, she used her free time (daily commuting time of around 1 hr in bus) to prepare for the test.

Hina from Banglore (Online IELTS course) 7.5 bands

 

Hina is a software professional from Banglore. She did our online IELTS course in the month of September. The quality that distinguishes her is her handwriting and vocabulary. She further augmented her skills of time management to score the desired bands.

 

Sasikala from Chennai, is a healthcare professional. She achieved her target of scoring 7 bands, in her first attempt. During her course she rigorously worked on her speaking and writing skills to get the desired scores.

 

PTE Writing 85, Speaking 90, Listening 90, Reading 90

Aseem is a software professional from Singapore. He had taken PTE test earlier also, but the results were not as expected. He is a fighter a person with the right attitude to win.His English skills were impressive, but he needed to work on small slips in grammar. During the passage of his coaching, he practiced diligently – specially on writing skills.Aseem developed and mastered the right templates to portray his ideas in a creative way. The templates he learnt helped him to finish the writing test before time. He completed writing the essay in 14 minutes, and he could give 6 minutes to check his essays and do necessary corrections.His success can be attributed to his positive attitude and correct approach towards the test.

 

IELTS Crash Course – Scored 7 bands

 

Arjun is a young graduate with interests in website designing and finance. He had very less time to prepare for his IELTS exam. So, he was skeptical about his results.

After finishing the course Arjun learn the right techniques to take the test.He successfully cleared the test with 7 bands in IELTS Academic.During coaching, Arjun showed a lot of interest in learning. He was sincere, always very punctual and very polite.Thanks to his positive attitude and dedication, he learnt very quickly.

Jatin a young graduate from Delhi, scored 7 bands in IELTS Academic in his first attempt. During training, he learnt the time management techniques which were particularly helpful in the reading section.

IELTS Online Course Particiapnt Socred 8 Bands in his first attempt!

Yash Vaghani, our star performer from Mumbai, took our special Writing course. He scored 8 bands in writing and overall 8.5 bands in IELTS.

 

Maninder Kohli, a software programmer from Gurgaon, scored 8 bands in IELTS in his first attempt.

His systematic approach and rigorous practice helped him learn the right techinques.

 

Yash Vaghani (8.5) in IELTS in 1st attempt

 

 

 

 

 Name Course Score
Sonika Phagut IELTS General 8.5 (All tions above 7)
Hemant Mittal IELTSAcademic 8 (All Sections above 7)
Roshni (OnlineIELTS course from Mumbai) IELTS Academic 7 bands in her first attempt
Maninder (Online IELTS) IELTS General) 8 bands in first attempt
Yash Vaghani (Online IELTS Writing) IELTS General Overall 8.5 bands; Writing 8 Bands
Ashish Rai IELTS General 7.5 (All Sections above 7)
Rajneesh Bharadwaj IELTS General 7 (All sections above 7)
Simran IELTS(Academic) 8 (All sections above 7)
Gurpreet IELTS(General) 7 (All sections above 7)
Abhinav Khandelwal IELTS(General) 7 (All sections above 7)
Soumen IELTS(General) 7.5 (All Sections above 7)
Anil Sharma PTE 65 or above in all sections
Rohit PTE 65 or above in all sections
Nitin Bose PTE  (Online Course) 78 or above in all sections
Anup Nair GRE 310/340
Deepesh PTE 84+ in all sections
Vedant SAT 1450
Dhruv SAT 1480