IELTS Study Tips and Skills



Hello Everyone!
I need to improve my writing skills. Does anybody know how to? I'm looking forward to finding a way to write online and have someone to correct my writings.
Thank you all in advance

Hello luisorna,

This is a question we are asked quite often and, in fact, I've just responded to another user on this topic, so I'll repeat the same advice to you.

How to write depends upon what kind of writing you want to do, for what purpose you are writing and who the recipient is. Different kinds of writing require different language and different ways of organising the text, so the first thing to do is to take a look at as many different texts as you can. In general, to improve your writing it's important to read and write as much as possible, so keep an eye out for good examples of letters, articles and so on.  Using the internet to read magazines, newspapers and other text-types from online media is a good idea.

If possible, you should get feedback from a teacher or knowledgeable friend on your writing. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to give users individualised feedback on their writing, but you can still use LearnEnglish to do some work on your own.  You can respond to other users in the comment sections to carry on a written conversation, just as I am responding to you now. Good writers learn from reading other writers' texts, so you could learn a lot about writing from reading the content on the site. Our Magazine might be a good place to start if this interests you. You can also of course carry on written conversations there in the comments. On the other hand, if you are interested in academic writing, then our Writing for a Purpose section might be what you are looking for.

Whatever you do, try to spend at least 15 minutes several days per week reading and/or writing. When you have doubts, ask a friend or teacher, or you're also welcome to ask us periodically here by using the comments sections on each page, and we'll be happy to try to answer your questions. Remember also that written texts are usually well organised - unlike a lot of speech, which can often be haphazard and disorganised.  Therefore it's important to write in an organised way: start by collecting your thoughts, then plan how you are going to organise them, then write a first draft. After that, check (or get someone else to check) your draft before writing your final version. Research shows that good writers constantly review their work and amend it, so this is a good model.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hello sir..i have a silly problem and it kills me coz i dont get any satisfied problem is...sometimes i get confused about...some adjective and past participle verb are same...such as, confused(v3) confused(adj). prepared(v3) prepared(adj), perplexed(v3) perplexed(adj) example....they were perplexed(v3) by her it passive....and they were perplexed(adj) problem is how can i able to get when it is used as adjective or when past participle form of verb....

Hello maxmamun,

When a past participle is used as an adjective, it typically focuses on a state which is the result of some action. For example, 'the window is broken' reports the condition of the window after an action which broke it, e.g. a stone passed through it.

'they were perplexed' could be either a passive form or 'be' + adjective. As an adjective, there is a focus on the state of the people after the response; as a passive form, there is more focus on the action of her response perplexing them.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good evening,
This site is very useful to students who are preparing for ielts or want to improve their level of English.
However, I have a problem with IELTS. I don’t know whether or not I could get any professional advice here.
My question is that I took IELTS test more than 5 times in which my average score was 7.5, I need 7 in each band but I’m struggling with my writing. I even took writing lesson, visited various website, heard many stories from my friends and most of them are still struggling with writing. Is writing the difficult part to get 7? Every time I get 6.5 in writing and I am not only frustrated, but also confused to get my desire score which is 7 or above. I am so much worried as I cannot proceed my further education without getting recommended score. What shall I do? Is there any way to improve my writing?
Please help me to overcome from this problem.
It would be great help

Hello prakashu0229,

That does sound frustrating! Have you focused your efforts on preparing for the IELTS writing exam, or on writing in general? If you've not focused your efforts on preparing for the specific exam you're taking (i.e. IELTS general or academic), then my first suggestion would be to do that. Read everything you can about the exam on TakeIELTS, look for books focused on the IELTS writing exam, and take a class or look for a teacher focused on the exam. Perhaps you've already done this, but it's an important point that I wanted to mention in case you haven't.

Another idea - again, my apologies if you've already tried this - is to closely study sample writings from an IELTS exam preparation book. Analyse them in terms of organisation and identify specific phrases that you could use in your own writing. Make a categorised list of these phrases and use them. It's also a good idea to read them many, many times so that you become thoroughly familiar with them and are able to use them in your own writing.

I hope this helps you, and wish you good luck.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good evening. I have IELTS level exam at the British council. would you telling me how the exam is??
I'm a bit confuse. Thank you

Hello hope 87,

You can find a wealth of information on the IELTS exam on our TakeIELTS site, including information on how the exam is organised and marked, practice materials, mock exam papers, sample answers and more.

Best wishes and good luck!



The LearnEnglish Team

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