IELTS Argument Essay Writing Guide

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					IELTS Argument Essay Writing Guide By Mehdi Moodi

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Children should enjoy their childhood. Therefore they should not be under constant pressure to achieve better results at school. Do you agree or disagree? You should write at least 250 words.

Step 1: Brainstorming and Planning. In this step you need to decide whether you are going to agree or disagree and then produce 2 to 3 reasons to justify your point of view. This stage may take up to 5 minutes. Unfortunately, many candidates underestimate the importance of this stage and skip it. This can lead to an incomprehensible essay and consequently a low score. Obviously, you do not write your plan on the answer sheet. My Plan: agree • Children lose their curiosity and enthusiasm under pressure • Pressure may cause a lot of examination stress which is bad Step 2: Writing the Introduction Paragraph Your introduction paragraph should consist of 4 sentences: 1. "General Background Sentence" which is a general fact related to the topic. 2. "Detailed Background Sentence" which can be a natural consequence of the fact mentioned. 3. "Thesis Statement" which directly answers the essay question and expresses your point of view about the topic. 4. "Outline Sentence" which lists your arguments or reasons for your views Note that sentences 1 and 2 together introduce the topic. In today's society most parents put too much emphasis on good grades and this means that many school children are under a lot of pressure to achieve better results at school. I personally believe that children should enjoy their childhood and absolutely condemn this practice as it usually leads to loss of curiosity and enthusiasm in children and causes a lot of examination stress which is very bad for them.
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Step 3: Writing Supporting Paragraphs (2 or 3 paragraphs) Each supporting paragraph should consist of 4 or 5 sentences: 1. "Topic Sentence" which contains the main idea (focus) of the paragraph. 2. Example(s) 3. "Discussion Sentence" which explains how the example(s) prove the topic sentence. 4. "Conclusion Sentence" which links the topic sentence to the thesis statement. Every child is born with an intrinsic urge to learn. However, Children may lose this valuable gift if they are forced to learn perfectly what does not interest them. For example, students who are very talented in math may lose interest if they are forced to study hard for a contest. This is because voluntary hard work is always sweeter than obligation. Thus, I believe too much emphasis on better results can be counter-productive. For another reason, too much pressure on better results causes examination stress which is psychologically bad for children. For example, some children stop eating properly or suffer sleeping disorders in the examination period. This childhood stress can stretch to adult life and ruin an individuals happiness altogether. This is therefore my second reason for rejecting overemphasis on good grades. Step 4: Writing the Conclusion Paragraph The conclusion paragraph should consist of 3 sentences: 1. "Summery Sentence" which is a brief summery of the main ideas in the supporting paragraphs. 2. Restatement of the Thesis in different words. 3. A prediction or a recommendation. In conclusion, I think urging children to get good grades can cause apathy and anxiety and thus must be avoided. I believe parents had better guide their children so that they can find their own interests and reach their potentials instead of forcing them to study hard.

Writing accurately (grammatically correct) and using a wide range of vocabulary are both very important. However, two other equally important features for an essay are coherence and cohesion. Coherence means your essay must be easy to understand and easy to follow for the reader. Candidates who skip the planning step usually cannot write
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coherently and their essays are incomprehensible. Using wrong grammar or wrong words will also lead to lack of coherence. Cohesion means that your sentences and ideas must be connected or related in a reasonable way. In order to write a cohesive essay you need to link your sentences using suitable transition expressions, Pronouns and determiners. If you fail to do so your essay may look like a mixture or a list of unrelated ideas. Notice how I tried to link my sentences in this sample answer:

In today's society most parents put too much emphasis on good grades and this means that many school children are under a lot of pressure to achieve better results at school. I personally believe that children should enjoy their childhood and absolutely condemn this practice as it usually leads to loss of curiosity and enthusiasm in children and causes a lot of examination stress which is very bad for them. Every child is born with an intrinsic urge to learn. However, Children may lose this valuable gift if they are forced to learn perfectly what does not interest them. For example, students who are very talented in math may lose interest if they are forced to study hard for a contest. This is because voluntary hard work is always sweeter than obligation. Thus, I believe too much emphasis on better results can be counter-productive. For another reason, too much pressure on better results causes examination stress which is psychologically bad for children. For example, some children stop eating properly or suffer sleeping disorders in the examination period. This childhood stress can stretch to adult life and ruin an individuals happiness altogether. This is therefore my second reason for rejecting overemphasis on good grades. In conclusion, I think urging children to get good grades can cause apathy and anxiety and thus must be avoided. I believe parents had better guide their children so that they can find their own interests and reach their potentials instead of forcing them to study hard.

Finally, your essay must fulfill the task requirements. This means it must focus on the topic and answer the essay question completely. It also must be at least 250 words. If your essay is too long then you won't have enough time to check it for mistakes. So try to keep it between 250 and 270.

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