Let me be honest with you. If you don’t know English well, the tips I am going to give you below might not be very helpful. However, this general advice is likely to be beneficial for students who have worked hard on their language skills, but did’t focus specifically on IELTS.
Please, do familiarise yourself with the format of the test and tasks you will be expected to perform.
You also need to understand how examiners mark writing tasks. It will help you score higher.
My list of DO’S for ILETS Writing:
- read the questions carefully, analyse tasks properly (e.g. find key words)
- learn the correct structure of essay (e.g. introduction, body, conclusion)
- learn what should be included in each part
- understand different types of essays (e.g. opinion, problem and solution, discussion)
- understand different types of graphs (e.g. pie chart, table, mixed, process, bar chart)
- learn how many sentences you need for each part (e.g. 3-4 sentences for a detailed paragraph)
- practice mind-mapping or outlining
- provide arguments with reasons and examples
- coherence is crucial (i.e. logical links between the words, sentences, and paragraphs)
- use linking phrases when necessary, cohesion is important too
- remember that long sentences might confuse, sentences with 7-14 words seem OK
- use difficult words only if you are sure about their accuracy
- stick to the word limit (if you go over the word limit, you won’t be penalised)
- read well-written essays and analyse them
- avoid idioms
- practice writing within time limit
- remember that task 2 is more important than task 1
- focus on quality when practising writing
- find tutor who can provide you with feedback
- learn vocabulary (use ANKI, ReadLand to learn faster)
- read newspapers, journals etc.
- practice paraphrasing
- use grammar structures you know well
- avoid generalisation in text (e.g. everyone, all people)
That is all I can think of at the moment.