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IELTS Writing Sample

Internet In Formal Education

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University lecturer is now able to put their lectures on the internet for students to read and so the importance of attending face to face lectures has been reduced. Do you believe the use of internet in formal education is a good idea? What future effects will internet have on academic study?

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This resource has been reviewed. However, there are many mistakes. Please check the critique so that you can become aware of these common errors! Half of the mistakes have been fixed and the rest is given to you as an exercise. You are encouraged to comment and report other mistakes because they are normally repeated in the essay. Doing this gives you a better understanding of how to improve your writing skills.

The effects of the Internet is not only limited to the enhanced accessibility of data and information, but it has gone beyond the unexpected. One of the most overt effects of the Internet is on education. Today, teachers make use of the internet to post lectures and even assignments, thus reducing the need to have classroom-base and face to face lectures.

I believe that the aid of the internet to formal education is really of great help. The reason is that students can visit their lecture site anytime they want to regardless of where they are, thus providing them convenience in studying and allowing them to do other things like part-time works and the like.

In addition, the use of online services for posting lectures helps the students to understand clearly the lessons taught. Mostly, lecturers can insert web links to the full definition of words which can be very confusing to many students, or the essential contents of lessons that need to be studied thoroughly. In that way, students can be challenge to study further, thus letting the students to become fully aware of the lessons posted. Moreover, the use of internet for posting lectures can also minimise the use of paper and photocopy machines, then preservation of energy and woods is very much possible.

However, in my own opinion the usage of internet in the long run can lead to negative effects. Since students and lecturers would rely on the internet heavily, it is more likely that some students may become “lazy learners”. Moreover, the universities might close temporarily or even permanently since the internet for academic study can be popular and widespread. This may even lead to the ignorance of many people to the real meaning and purpose of schools.

Furthermore, the evaluation of students can alter. Teachers may not fully see or observe if the students are learning from the lessons or not. It can also be possible for some students to let other persons answer their school tasks, so assessment of students may not be that accurate and reliable.

To sum up, the Internet has great effects on academic learning if utilised in the proper, right and wise way. Gaining education cannot fully depend with the utilisation of internet, yet it can only be one of the factors that could help with the progression of learning and teaching.

Critique
This critique is meant for the writing from sheeneeyoo. This writing task has been reviewed and partially corrected. Please revert to the original IELTS writing before correction to understand this critique!

+TASK ACHIEVEMENT
You were not able to achieve the task because you didn't show whether the use of the internet in formal education is a good idea and What future effects the internet will have on academic study.
+LEXICAL RESOURCE
Vocabulary is very weak and there were many errors in expressing ideas.

+COHERENCE AND COHESION
Paragraphs are poorly organised with incomplete ones.

+GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY
Compare to the original writing.

PERSONAL ADVICE:
+ Article "the": "The effects of internet" -> "The effects of the Internet"
+ Wrong in meaning: "The effects of internet is not only limited for accessing data and information"
> an effect is something that is produced by an agency or cause. In your sentence, it's more about the usage of the Internet.
> next the word "for" is used inappropriately. In this context, you should have used "to."
+ "not only" should be used with "but also" (in your introduction.)
+ You'd better use "the need" not "the chance" because of the incorrect meaning: "thus reducing the chance of a classroom-base and face to face lectures"
+ Problem in using Singular and plural at the same time: "a classroom-base and face to face lectures"
> "a" is for singular nouns
> You then used "lectures" (plural)
+ "I say so" is totally non academic.
+ Possession shouldn't be used here and the article "the" was wrongly used: "the lecture’s site" -> "lecture sites"
+ A paragraph shouldn't comprise of only 2 sentences.
+ "the lecturer can insert web links for the full definition": which lecturer? did you mention earlier?
+ The noun is plural, why did you use "needs"? "essential contents of the lesson that needs"
+ "In generalization"???



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IELTS Writing Sample

Mandatory Financial Education

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

Financial education should be mandatory component of the school program. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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IELTS Writing Word Count and IELTS Writing Time

IELTS Writing Task 1:
Timing: 20 minutes
Minimum word count: 150

IELTS Writing Task 2:
Timing: 40 minutes
Minimum word count: 250

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 1

There are 2 different formats. One is for the Academic module and the other is for the General module. However, for both modules, you will have to produce a writing of 150 words based on the given information.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - General Module
You are supposed to write a letter.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - Academic Module
You will be given a task based on some pictorial or graphic information. You have to describe the information provided.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 1

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

This task is more difficult than IELTS Writing Task 1
You have to write at least 250 words and, as Task 2 is longer than Task 1, you are advised to spend approximately 40 minutes on this task and 20 minutes on the first task.
You are expected to produce a writing on a given topic and to organise your answer correctly, giving some examples to support your ideas.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 2

Give your writing a good structure

1) Introduction is a must. You don't believe you could get a good grade without introduction, do you?

2) Body: 3 paragraphs are also necessary. Three is a magical number. It can do wonders to your overall band score.

3) Conclusion. You do not want to infuse your examiner with a feeling of incompleteness.

A Good Outline before you write is essential

What you are going to write in your essay? Write down the key ideas as short as possible.

An outline sample
Introduction - Topic and opinion in short
Paragraph 1 - staff working conditions are important
Paragraph 2 - employers should research and improve the working conditions
Paragraph 3 - concentrating more on their product is bad
Conclusion - Short summary of paragraphs

How will your essay look like?

Is it everything?

No, the structure you have just seen is a structure for an opinion essay.

What does it mean?

It means there are many different types of essays. If you go through our website, you can see that under IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2, there are different categories.
You need to go through each of them and study the structure for the particular writing type.

I do know the structure of an IELTS Writing but why I didn't score high in the exam?

There are many reasons. One of the many reasons is lacking of linking words.
Did you use linking words?
They would make your structure clearer and therefore improve your overal score.

Linking Words or Transitional Words

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This is how your essay is graded

There are 4 components: Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

Task Response means to what extend your essay covers the topic. For example, if the topic is "The advantages and disadvantages of globalization", you would have to write about both aspects not just only advantages or just only disadvantages.

Coherence and Cohesion means how well your paragraphs and sentences are connected. If your first paragraph is about advantages of globalisation, you should start your second paragraph with phrases such as "Despite the advantages, there are many disadvantages we should be aware of". Otherwise, your essay is just a list of items which are not related to each other.

Lexical Resource means vocabulary and different types of sentences, simple and complex. You should be able to demonstrate your capability in using English.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy means spelling and grammar of sentences. You should be able to spell the words correctly, do not forget articles “a” and “the”, punctuations is also important.

One more important thing to know: the four criteria are equally weighted. It means that if you forgot about “Coherence and Cohesion” in your essay, you will loose 1/4 of your essay points.