« Students' questions | Main | IELTS Writing Task 1: 'process diagram' details »

March 07, 2012


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Hello Simon,

we are waiting for the essay on the topic
Nowadays,many people think that children have too much freedom.To what extent do you agree or disagree? Please give us some insight because it's a vast topic. Thanks!

Hi Simon,

Thank you for helping me through your site. I visited your site when I was studying to writing tasks. I also asked questions and you answered me.
I got 7.0 in the Writing part. And 6.5 overall.
Thank very much!

Hi Simon,

Thank you for maintaining this useful website.
I wondered if you are sure about task1 conclusion scheme. Is it really OK if I don't write any conclusion and write overview instead. Are you sure that the examiner won't deduct any score due to lack of conclusion for task1?

Thank you again and I'm looking forward to your kind reply.

Hi Simon,

Thank you so much for your advice. Could you give us some pieces of advice how to paraphase for the instruction both tasks because it takes a lot of time for me to make them?

Thanks & Best regards,

hi simon,

i am having difficulty creating topic sentences for my task 2 essay. i have the ideas but starting a paragraph is really hard for me. is the topic sentence should always be broad so that i can explain my "topic sentence" in depth?tnx

Congratulations Paula! I'm really pleased for you.


I'll try to answer other questions this weekend.

Hi I got really sad result


I have improved a lot with reading from 5 to 6.5 by simon's advices..Thnx simon

but very sad my level is not like 5 band in speaking, perheps examiner couldnt understand my slang.....

What should I do?? should I go for rechecking...

Plz give me advice

hi ,if i got 28 for acadamic reading how much will be my band score

6.5 joby

Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is useful to an employer.
What, in your opinion, should be the main function of a university?

There are different views on what universities’ main function should be. While some think it is not important to consider employers’ needs, I hold that students should be given the necessary knowledge and skills to work as an employee.

On the one hand, teaching students what needed in a workplace greatly prepares them for the future. Not only does it help them grasp the general picture of the jobs they will do but also shapes good working habits and attitudes even before actually going to work. For example, when a well prepared student enters a company, he will have had the essential skills already and can begin to work without any difficulties. In contrast, if the student knew only academic learning, surely he would have a tough time keeping pace with other workmates.

On the other hand, from an employer’ point of view, practical skills and experience are of much higher value than pure knowledge. For instance, graduates from a university that is known to provide working expertise would have certain advantages over others when competing for jobs. As a result, this also helps raise the reputation of that university thus attracts more potential students to it. In fact, many universities in the world with co-operative programs in which students work in local firms for several alternate terms to gain vocational experience have proven to be effective and successful.

In conclusion, universities should design courses according to the workplace’s demands as this would not only boost their status but also bring benefits to both students and employers.

can someone help assess my work please ? i'm sitting ielts exam in a week

Hi Jay,

Don't use slang. It's not appropriate for an 'academic' test. That could be the reason for your low score.

hj simon

yesterday i met question " it is negative or positive development "

and in paragraph 1 I mentioned positive things and 2 was solution. It is ok ?


Hi Simon,
I hope this comment finds you well:)
I wondered when I have to use a third person and/or their possessive pronoun in my writing should I mention them in this way ?
"he or she" or "he/she" "him/her" or "it" or any other combination?

Thanks ahead of time (also is it correct or Thanks in advanced is better)?
Thank you really this time

hi friends,

some people prefer to live in a house , while others feel that there are more advantages to living in an apartment.are there more advantages than disadvantages of living in a house compared with living in an apartment?.

feel free to discuss.

In regard to the first alternative to using firstly, secondly, finally - I thought that you should never use "I" (first person) in essays, only speeches. Shouldn't you always use third person?

Hi Clara,

Read the advice in this lesson:


Hi Simon,

I just have a quick question.
Can we use caret symbols(^) to insert words in our text in IELTS ? Is their use penalized ?

The reason I am asking is because upon proof reading my esay I typically find that I;ve missed out a word or two from a sentence, and often use carets to insert the missing words. For instance I recently took the IELTS exam and found out that the first line of my introduction needed some extra words to beautify it so I used a caret there.

Many thanks in advance! (You're doing an excellent job helping us!)

Yes, that's fine Roxy.

hi,this is shamim,i need the tips to get 6.5 in reading n listening

Hi Simon,

can we use "firstly", "secondly", "finally" in both paragraphs which are 1st and 2nd?

Thanks a lot!

The comments to this entry are closed.