Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today I’ll share a sample Task 2 brainstorm about life mimics, or the tendency of people to copy one another.

Recently, a student faced a difficult question in IELTS Writing Task 2:

The fact that humans copy each other can be seen in the popularity of fashion and consumer products.

How far do you agree or disagree?

Seeing as the initial stage of brainstorming is the most crucial phase of writing, as this is where all of your ideas and body paragraph structure come from, let’s go through a sample.

When searching for ideas to include in your essay, think about personal experience and societal observations first. This can provide easy access to specific details.

If these ideas come to mind first, write them down! Time is of the essence, so don’t waste precious minutes by trying to think of the ‘perfect’ idea or example.

Sample Task 2 Brainstorm:

Humans copy each other; fashion; products

[Always put the key ideas at the top of your brainstorm to keep you focused on the test question. You must do this for a 7+ in Task Response.]


youthful trends in fashion- hipster gear- thickly framed glasses, quirky hats, old t-shirts and rolled up pants are ubiquitous uniforms in any coffee shop or music venue


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same with iPhones and Macs- although expensive, 90% of those aged 30 and below own or want to possess these devices, according to recent survey by podcast Tech Today

[I made up that podcast. Even though it is an invented source with imagined numbers, it is a believable statistic.]


[This paragraph would express my opinion.]

everyone still chooses different styles- any given street, see a hippy, business man in a suit, endless combinations of thrift-store finds

last night in a posh hotel lounge downtown, did not see one person who styled themselves exactly the same as any other patron

Apple may have a stronger image, but I know more people with Androids, including myself, and the devices themselves are customized by user with fitness, news or social media apps

Now it’s your turn to brainstorm!

Share your ideas in the comments section below, and remember to be specific!


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