How to Start IELTS Writing Task 2

In this tutorial, we examine an important IELTS skill for starting IELTS Writing Task 2: paraphrasing.

Firstly, let’s start by defining paraphrasing.


3 Ways To Paraphrase

In this tutorial, let’s review paraphrasing techniques to apply in Writing Task 2 of the IELTS exam.

We’ll examine three principle paraphrasing strategies:

Use of synonyms

Verb transformation

Sentence restructuring

Secondly, we will apply these techniques to examples of Writing Task 2 in the IELTS exam. Writing skills in this component of the exam include:

  • giving an opinion
  • discussing causes and suggesting solutions
  • discussing arguments for or against an idea or situation
  • discussing advantages and disadvantages

More Examples of Paraphrasing for IELTS Writing Task 2

Firstly, we’ll take an example of a common essay writing skill, discussing causes and suggesting solutions. Let’s look at the example and then, apply our 3-step paraphrasing strategy to write an introduction.

Nowadays, many schools are using computer games to teach lessons to many children inside and outside the classroom. What are the negative and positive effects of using computer games in education and what can be done to minimise the negative effects?

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Whether you are taking the General or Academic module, I would strongly recommend looking at sample answers, this way you can compare your writing and see what is missing. You can find sample essays for the general module here, and questions / diagrams for the academic component here. Another valuable resource / technique is to compare your work with existing essays, this page has a massive range of sample essays.

If you struggle starting IELTS Writing Task 2 (so many students have this problem!), or if you can’t find ideas for Task 2, then this tutorial will help. Alternatively you might be interested in boosting your lexical resource by upgrading your vocabulary, this page explains how to do just that.