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

Sports come up a lot on the exam. You could be asked about them on any part of the Speaking Exam, or in Writing Task 1 and 2.

Brainstorming is key to getting higher Task Response scores and Cohesion/Coherence scores.

If you didn’t grow up in an education system which focuses explicitly on brainstorming, then this is a tough skill.

The best way to have ideas to brainstorm is by reading, watching and listening widely.

Sure, some of you may not be sports fans, but you have to realize that it is an IELTS topic, so you should gain some experience related to it.

Today, we’re brainstorming the benefits and drawbacks of individual and team sports.

Individual Sports



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  • sense of loneliness and isolation
  • could mentally break you if it’s a high-stakes competition

Team Sports



  • being able to blame others
  • tendency of group-think and peer pressure

On IELTS Exam day, you should spend no more than 5 minutes brainstorming for Writing Task 2.

Remember, only write down enough for an essay, writing down the first ideas you think of.

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Leave your questions in the comments section below!


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