Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

She’s taken the test 3 times already, and no matter what preparation she underwent, could not see any development in these areas.

As she was working through the Writing Module in 3 Keys, she found that she still had some specific problematic areas.

So, she signed up for the opportunity to record with me and receive a free consultation!

Question 1: When do I use to, at and of on IELTS Writing Task 1?

Prepositions are a nightmare! I get it!

Although we don’t encourage students to focus on small grammatical details like this, nailing the prepositions in Writing Task 1 is important.

  • From/to: We use these in Change Over Time, such as, “Numbers increased from 100 to 300.”
  • Between/and: We use these with dates for Change Over Time, such as, “Between 2010 and 2016, …”
  • At/with: These describe one point. So, in COT, we say, “Numbers peaked at 1 million.” Or, in Static, we can say, “Airlines saw the highest numbers, with 1 million,”, or, “Airlines saw the highest numbers, at 1 million.”
  • Of/by: These express the change, or how much numbers increased/decreased. For example, “Numbers increased by 200,” or, “There was an increase of 200.”


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Question 2: What linking words do I use in Writing Task 1?

  • For Change Over Time, use sequencers such as next, followed by, etc.
  • For Static, use addition words, such as moreover, and contrast words, such as compared to.

Question 3: Can I use personal examples in IELTS Writing Task 2?

Yes! But, remember, use a mix between personal examples and fake research. And, always use formal vocabulary to express your ideas.

Question 4: When do I write an opinion essay if the question says agree/disagree?

When in doubt, write an argument essay!

It’s more efficient and ensures that you answer every part of the question.

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