An opinion essay

An opinion essay

Learn how to write an opinion essay.

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Information will soon be so easy to find on the internet that people will not need to remember anything. Do you agree?

Nowadays all the information we could ever need is available online and some people say that means the end of having to learn anything.

It is true that these days everything you want to know is a few clicks away as long as you have internet access. However, not everyone has working internet all the time, for example in certain buildings or remote locations, so we do need to be able to remember information. Moreover, it takes time to look up everything you need to know online, whereas remembering something is immediate. The human memory is a much more efficient system.

Another problem is the quality of the information online. How do we know if it is accurate or reliable? We need to think about other facts we know and remember how to compare information from different websites. Knowing (and remembering) how to find certain information will be more important than knowing the information itself.

Finally, the internet is a good tool but it is not a useful replacement for our brains. If we did not remember anything, we would all spend even more time on our phones and computers than we already do, which is not good for society.

In conclusion, the internet offers us many things but it is still important to use our knowledge and memories. We need our memories to function without the internet and we also need to know how to use the internet properly.


  1. Read the question carefully. Respond to all ideas in it or all parts of it.
  2. Plan your ideas first and then choose the best ones.
  3. Introduce your essay by restating the question in your own words.
  4. Show understanding of both sides of the argument.
  5. Use linking words to connect your ideas.
  6. Draw your conclusion from the main ideas in your essay. Don't introduce new ideas at the end.

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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Tue, 12/05/2020 - 18:45

My thought over the question is that human knowledge has to be in use at a time likewise there should be time for usage of internet. It would be worse if we had not learnt anything before embarking on internet usage, however internet only boosts and improves our knowledge more.

Submitted by Reza 2020 on Sat, 09/05/2020 - 13:36

It is true that creation of internet has been brought more facilities to human life. I do believe the we can not ignore our efficiency of our brain in initiative matters.

Submitted by Kev on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 08:31

Could someone give me their opinion on the essay? Meaning to say, what score would you give me based on the IELTS mark distribution. Q: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Overall, the widespread use of the internet has a mostly positive effect on life in today’s world. Since the invention of the internet was to fulfill various tasks, I would rather agree by saying that the internet has had much of a positive impact than a negative one. The internet as we know it is a hub of data from where we can extract information to fulfill our needs from time to time. Whether it be information based on sports, climate change, or the upcoming 2020 presidential elections of the United States, the internet has it all. People have made great use of the internet to voice their opinion and to bring basic amenities to impoverished societies. Moreover, many rights such as the right to education are made a basic amenity since the evolution of the internet. Because of the internet one can go into deep learning of any topic; the internet has mapped every corner of the world and has made life so much easier. For example by introducing online shopping. Now, one can shop for clothes, furniture, even groceries. In addition to that, the internet has helped connect physical objects to various electrical devices, thereby making difficult tasks take place with the push of a button. In conclusion, the internet has helped in the development of cities and countries and has helped in shaping our future and will continue to do so in the future.

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I'd say your writing level is B2-C2 depending on the time it took to write it and whether you used a dictionary. So I'd expect IELTS 5.5 minimum. The vocabulary shows evidence of C2 and academic common words. The accuracy of the grammar has to be B2, because B1 has many errors. The lowest part of the writing is probably the grammar complexity. Most the grammar complexity is not above B1. Hope that helps.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Thu, 16/04/2020 - 19:44

My opinion that using the Internet is very useful and interested to search for information. Because you can find varieties of data and information to read .

Submitted by Rawaha on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 13:16

Internet is an added advantage if you used it in a productive way. But addiction is bad. As per the researches conducted in varies universities, excess use of phones and computers lead to a sleep apnea and behaviour changes. If you have the ability to manage it’s use effectively and in a productive way than its supplement you in attaining the required knowledge. Advantages and disadvantages of internet is so many and it depends and varied person to person. I used internet for seeking the things of my personal interest. So many course of leading universities including MIT are available free of cost. Pearls of wisdom are spread. If you cannot chose content wisely than internet is worse thing. Social media sites drag your attention and de focus you.

Submitted by Cristy67 on Sat, 18/01/2020 - 13:54

The advantage of having technologies like the Internet nowadays should not take off our strengths as humans. The Internet is a great tool to improve how we function. For example, our basics skills as reading and writing should grow to the next level of analysis and comprehension. Nowadays, information is accessible for most of us and that gives us the responsibility and the advantage to use the resource, to filter the sources and ponder the information in order to share with others our conclusions. Our current interaction with technology advancements always will represent an opportunity to improve or deprive our human status; the Internet is not an exception. The opportunity to get information from the Internet can shape (get fit) in a positive way our minds when we exercise our reading and analysis skills, or it could end shaping our minds in a negative way when we only repeat what others say or choose information according to our mind biases. It is important to work responsibly with the advancements of our time; the Internet offers us a great opportunity to improve our minds. Let's exercise our basics human skills looking to help not only ourselves but also our communities in general.

Submitted by dan on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 06:15

First of all, thank you for this helpful courses. We must need to improve our knowledge with classic learning. The internet help us but we must to continue to learn reading, writing like 30 years ago. The school is important because it offers us the membership in society.