In this tutorial, we discuss how to write one main idea per paragraph in IELTS Task 2.
We look at:
- The System for Generating Ideas in IELTS Writing
- How to write one main idea per paragraph in IELTS Task 2.
- Examples of effective and ineffective examples.
- How to organise ideas effectively in IELTS Writing.
How to Write One Main Idea per Paragraph in IELTS Task 2
- Two Types of Students
- Explosion of Ideas
- Implosion of Ideas
- Generating Ideas
- Developing Ideas with Examples
- Examples of Effective and Ineffective Examples
- The System for Generating Ideas
Two Types of Students
1. Explosion of Ideas
Some students have an ‘explosion of ideas’. This often happens due to extensive preparation and a deep understanding of many topics. However, the challenge here is to organize these ideas coherently.
2. Implosion of Ideas (Zero Ideas!)
Conversely, others suffer from an ‘implosion of ideas’, where their mind goes blank. This can be due to stress, lack of preparation, or unfamiliarity with the topic.
Remember, you only need a few ideas. Choose the easiest to explain and relevant to the question.
Developing Ideas with Examples
From General to Specific
Begin with a general idea and narrow it down to specifics. Examples are crucial as they illustrate your point clearly.
Look for real-world instances, like governmental initiatives or company policies. Your example should directly demonstrate your main idea.
“Pollution needs to be controlled by the government. For example, the Scottish government controlled pollution in Glasgow with car emission regulations.”
Examples of Effective and Ineffective Examples
- “To combat air pollution, many cities, like Delhi, have implemented odd-even vehicle schemes, significantly reducing urban air pollution levels.”
- “Companies like Tesla are revolutionizing transportation, reducing carbon emissions with electric vehicles, directly impacting environmental pollution.”
- “In response to water pollution, the Clean Water Act in the United States has significantly improved water quality through stringent regulations.”
- “Countries like Sweden have reduced waste pollution by recycling nearly 99% of household waste, setting a global example.”
- “Japan’s strict regulations on industrial waste have successfully minimized the harmful impacts of industrial pollution on the environment.”
- “My brother lives in Scotland and says the air is bad in Glasgow.”
- “I read somewhere that pollution is bad for health.”
- “Many people think that pollution is a big problem but don’t know what to do about it.”
- “I remember seeing a lot of trash on the beach during my vacation.”
- “In my opinion, there are too many cars on the road which probably causes pollution.”
The System for Generating Ideas
Having a system or framework simplifies the process. It’s like having a template where you can seamlessly integrate your ideas and examples. For instance, start with identifying the type of pollution, propose a solution or a measure taken, and then cite a real-world example that mirrors this solution. This structured approach not only organizes your thoughts but also ensures that your paragraph is cohesive and focused on one main idea.
By adopting this systematic approach, writing IELTS Task 2 essays becomes more manageable and less daunting. Remember, clarity and relevance are key in presenting your ideas and supporting them with appropriate examples.
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