Hi. Welcome again to engvid.com. I'm Adam.
Today's lesson, we're looking at IELTS and TOEFL, the writing section,
and we're going to look at the five most common mistakes that I see when I'm checking students' essays. Okay?
Now, as usual, for the IELTS and TOEFL lesson, I will speak a little bit more natural speed, a little bit faster than usual.
If you're a beginner, don't worry, watch the video, listen, practice your listening.
Get the vocabulary you need, it's all... it's good for everybody, but just a little bit harder. Okay?
So, now, where do I begin? I check a lot of essays. Okay?
People send me their essays, I check them, I edit them, I tell them what they're doing wrong,
and I've come to the realization that there are certain mistakes that many, many people make.
So, I want to tell you five of these common mistakes so that you can avoid making them. Okay?
And the first one, and this is the most common mistake that I see is that you are trying too hard.
Now, what does this mean?
Trying hard is a good thing, right? Yes, it is.
But you're trying too hard to sound impressive. Okay?
You're trying to impress the graders of these... of these exams, IELTS and TOEFL, you think that by using big words or lots of idioms,
or very, very long sentences that are very complex and have many clauses that you're getting a higher score.
In fact, most of the times, you're actually hurting yourselves.
Why? Because you're using words incorrectly, you're using them inappropriately,
meaning in the wrong context or the wrong usage or in the wrong parts of speech, you're using a verb when you should use a noun, etc.
When you write very, very long sentences, quite often, you have run-on sentences,
mean... meaning you have two independent clauses in one sentence, and no punctuation, and no conjunctions, and then the whole sentence falls apart and means nothing.