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

Today you’ll meet Elias, and learn how to excel at IELTS Writing Task 2.

Elias is taking IELTS to immigrate to Canada, and this will be his first time taking the exam.

He has been taking English classes for a decade, but hasn’t specifically done academic writing.

However, he won the Writing Wizard contest this month!

The question this month was:

Supermarkets should focus on selling more locally sourced goods.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Elias is a great role model, as he fit in this essay practice during his lunch break at work!

One reason he won was his very specific support:

Regarding those who hold that offering more in house products is the best approach… This development is leading to having an influx of money to the pockets of day to day clientsincreasing purchasing powerbig box retailers

He used excellent transition phrases like: one supportive claim is that… more specifically… also in that way

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Elias notes that using the 3 Keys system is imperative for a high score. You must be able to brainstorm effectively to have specific ideas.

If you don’t plan before you write, your essay will be disorganized and not get a 7 or higher.

Don’t put in too many ideas!

Elias also shared that he had done 20 to 25 essays before submitting this essay to the context.

Remember to personalize your study plan to get as much practice as you need!

Although he was a night owl to practice enough IELTS, he was careful to not do too much, and get enough rest, in the week before his exam.

Elias actually had his exam already, and feels the Listening was really tough, but is confident overall!

He recommends to all students to read novels and newspapers, and recommends the books that the movie The Maze Runner was based on.

Finally, Elias tells you to keep your future goal in mind in order to stay motivated, or else it’s an uphill battle, and you will flounder.

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