IELTS Writing: what’s your style?
IELTS students / candidates tend to write in one of the three styles below.
1. No style
Some candidates take the IELTS test without ever learning how to write an essay, report or letter. They don’t have a method or a writing style; they simply try their best to complete the task.
2. Trying to be impressive
The “trying to be impressive” style is very common. Many candidates believe that they need to show off to the examiner, so they attempt to use big words, memorised phrases and “difficult” grammar. In short, they believe the “complex vocabulary and grammar” myth.
I’m trying to persuade IELTS students not to adopt this writing style because it usually results in the following: errors, unnatural phrases, lots of waffle, and a lack of real ideas or content.
3. Clear, concise, coherent
Very few people learn to write in this style, but I’m trying to change this through the lessons on this site.
Several people have commented that my essays seem easy. They are easy to read and easy to understand because I deliberately write in a clear, concise and coherent way. However, people have also commented that this writing style is not easy to reproduce. It takes skill and practice to make something look easy (think how easy it looks when a great musician or sportsperson performs).
I hope you’ll keep studying this style of writing with me. I believe it will set you apart from the majority of people and help you in other areas of life beyond passing the IELTS test.
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