Tips on How to Organize Your Ideas for the IELTS Writing Tests


“Whenever I am given a topic to write on, I really have a hard time choosing an idea to use. How will I be able to use such ideas?” – Andrea, student

Dealing with a lot of ideas on writing essays can be messy and result to a poor outcome. Many students who are asked to come up with a composition are stuck in choosing an idea. This may consume a lot of time. Thus, it is important how to organize these ideas in writing an essay – most importantly writing for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.

The writing section of the IELTS examination differs if a person is taking the Academic and the General Training modules. Both with two writing tasks, the level of difficulty is not the same. In the Academic writing, candidates have to describe a graph or data in the first task and write an opinion-based essay in the second task. On the other hand, the General Training asks candidates to write a letter depending on a given social situation and write an essay based on a given statement for the other task. These tasks sound hard to achieve, but are actually easy to do. The key in having a good essay is the organization of ideas. How can one organize ideas for the writing tests?

1. Always start your essay with a quick brainstorming. Your ideas are all cluttered and the next thing to do is to group them and eliminate ideas that will not be of help in the essay.
2. Making an outline guides the flow of ideas. Make sure your outline is complete with an introduction, body and conclusion.
3. Fill your outline with your ideas. Arrange them according to importance.
4. As much as possible, do not be very specific or too broad in your introduction. Introductions should catch the reader’s attention. It should not give away the content in the body.
5. Double check on the clarity of your statement. It should hit the task required in the test.
6. Ideas are better if they are written in separate paragraphs in the body. Support these ideas by explaining them in details through the use of examples.
7. Use transitional phrases. These words let the readers know the flow of the essay. They will be guided if an idea is a support or a contrasting notion.
8. Choose an idea that is easy to write about. Do not opt for something that sounds great but you have limited knowledge.
9. Always have a clear link within your ideas. They should be directed to one aim: supporting the thesis statement.
10. Do not introduce ideas on your conclusions. Conclusions are meant to close the essay.

Writing tasks become much easier if guided accordingly. With these tips, ideas on your essays will have a smooth flow resulting to an effective delivery of your essay’s content.

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