Now, sadly, a lot of my students tell me that the writing is not the hard part, that the English is not the hard part.
What do they have a problem with in task two? Ideas. They don't know what to say.
They don't think about some of these questions. They've never considered these things, so they don't know what to say, even in the planning stage, they're just like sitting there blank.
Here's an idea. Again, be ready before test day.
When you go into the test, you have an idea bank in your head.
These are very common topics that you will see on the IELTS test or the TOEFL test as well: technology, education, travel, environment. Okay?
Make up questions for these, find universal examples, for example, technology, internet, you can use the internet to answer almost any question about technology. Okay?
Apple. Apple is a specific real-world example, you can use it, Microsoft, you can use it to talk about many, many things. Okay?
Education, university, high school, travelling overseas, learning at home. All these things.
Have your ideas ready before the test. Don't try to think of them during the test. Big waste of time.
Travel, environment. Okay? Lots of ideas. Get yourself examples, worry about examples, don't worry about reasons, don't worry about what the question will be.
Just think of technological examples that you can use for many types of questions.
Of course, practice. Get yourself a list of questions that you can practice, but have your examples already in your head. Okay?
Okay, I'll give you an example of an example that you can use. President Obama could be used for any of these.
Why? Because he's a person, he's the President of the United States. That's a big, powerful country.
America is the leader in technology, for example.
Education, American... America has one of the... Some of the best schools, Obama is the President of America, you can use him for almost anything, travel, environment, Obama's from Hawaii.
There you go. He's trying to save the environment, like...
Anyway, get your ideas ready before you go into the test, so, when you go there, you plan because you already have the ideas, you write, you check. Okay?
Very straightforward stuff. I will actually have, again, lessons on more of these items for you in the future.
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