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June 21, 2015


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I can't agree with you more!

Dear Sir,
It isn't harder to think and plan the ideas of writing
task 2. but i find it too much difficulty in organizing those ideas and write it with proper sequence. I also lose too much time on word selection and sequencing sentences..waiting for your precious advice.

Inspired by Sir Simon..I tried my best.

The only way to prevent overcrowding in cities is to prevent migration from rural areas . Give your opinion and views.

There are different views about preventing overpopulation in towns. Some might argue banning migration from village is the best way to deal. I personally believe that such idea will only exacerbate the problem so some other consideration should be taken to tackle such problem.

If migration is prevented from villages to cities then it will create lot of problems. Firstly, Unemployment rate will increase because most of the villages lack opportunities for their own inhabitants due to poor number of vital governmental offices, industries, banks and schools. Secondly villages lack sufficient number of educational foundation so quality of education would likely to suffer due to which schools from village couldn't be able to produce well qualified students. That would later affect every sector of states. Thirdly village doesn't have well facilitated hospitals and lacks proper healthcare as well as emergency health service. So mortality rate would increase. Due to above mentioned problems whole economy of the country would likely to suffer and social problems such as crimes would escalate.

People in village feel insecure and uncertain, that's why they migrate in search of better quality of life. In my opinion government should take step to make villagers more assured and feel more guaranteed. This can be done by building better infrastructures. Top priorities should be given for constructing roadways and promoting transportation services. Government should establish considerable number of schools, collages, university and training institute with varieties of subjects to be taught. State should build hospitals, healthcare center and promote local clinics with full services. Every nation should bear a responsibility to promote private sectors such as collages, banks, industries to run their services on remote parts and if necessary government should pay subsidies in order to guarantee their smooth operation. And planning new cities could be good alternatives to mitigate such problems.

In conclusion ………….

Dear Simon,

Thank you for your explanation. How about 'we' and 'you'? One UK examiner told me that using 'we' and 'you' in essays will undermine the quality of the writing because these words sound unacademic.

Thank you


Again completely untrue although you don't want to use both 'we' and 'you' in the same sentence because that would not be coherent.


Thank you very much for your answer. I really appreciate it.

Best wishes

Hi Santosh, I wonder that can you explain "People in village feel insecure..."?

Dear Simon,
your answer completely convinced me, but what about this question in topic: "Why it happens?" Although I suppose it is an opinion question, I am not sure whether using "I" is a must or not. You are right sir! teachers might propagate this rumors , but I have seen my friends who had complained about their results and their writing's scores changed even 1 score, meaning in all countries, examiners might not be taught to mark writing as well as British or native examiners.As you see, several people form different countries have put the same comments and ideas .

Thanx Big Money for your appreciation..

In many ways people from most of the village feel insecure and uncertain .Their social and economic condition as well as availability of resources compel them to be unconfident with their own life.

social condition - lack of security/police stations are far away from remote villages/superstitious beliefs,people from village still believe on witch and ghost..

i think i already had described about economic condition and resources availability in my essay.


All examiners are trained using the same materials.

Examiners are looking at ideas, organisation, vocabulary and errors. The use of the word 'I' is not a consideration and it makes no difference if you use it or don't use it in any type of essay in IELTS.

Examiners make mistakes and yes, people's scores can change after a review, but this has nothing to do with using 'I' or not.

Hello Simon,

Thank you so much for all your advices.

I have one question: I took the IELTS in France and got 7 overall, but only 6 in writing. But unfortunately, the University in which I have been accepted for a postgraduate programme ask for a 7 in writing...

Since there is no more any place to take the IELTS again in France, I should take in England.

Here is my question: Do you think it is harder in England than in France?

Thank you for your answer!

Hi Nono,

It should be the same level in both countries. My advice is to get some essays checked before you retake the test. You need to know why you're only scoring 6 in writing.

Thank you for your answer Simon!

Is it still possible to send it to you for 20 £ ?

And do you give some lessons for students in Manchester? Because I found on your blog that you organise some classes for teachers but I haven't see anything about classes for students.

Hi Nono,

If you email me (ieltssimon@gmail.com), I can pass you on to a trusted colleague who offers essay correction.

I do still offer courses for students in Manchester. I advertise them here:


Dear Simon,

As you mentioned earlier, that misinformation stemming from teachers not from examiners. There are some questions asking you directly to give your own idea, so it is a must to use 'I' in that kind of essays.

I completely agree with you about this matter.

Thank you for your helpful hints and advice.

Dear Negar,

Would you mind letting me know which IELTS Centre in Iran do you recommend?

Dear Simon,

Thank you for your precious advice.

Actually I have a one question.

My IELTS teacher sayed to me that I cannot you "I" in bodies of writing. Thus she suggested just you it only in conclusion.

Is it right?

Thank you in advance.

Dear Simon,

Thank you for your precious advice.

Actually I have a one question.

My IELTS teacher sayed to me that I cannot you "I" in bodies of writing. Thus she suggested just use "I"and give your oppinion only in conclusion.

Is it right?

Thank you in advance.

Hi Fidan,

No, that's not right. You can use "I" in any part of the essay when the question asks for your opinion.

Many teachers think that IELTS writing is the same as university assignment writing. It isn't. It's normal to be told to avoid "I" in university assignments because you use real research rather than personal views. The IELTS writing test is different - we don't have access to research, and the questions ask for YOUR views and ideas.

Dear Simon.

Thank you for your answer.

It realy help me with my study.

You are realy helpful and professinol teacher.

Have a good day.

Best Regards,


Hey sir simon I'm new here and my writing skill is really weak because of that I cant manage to write a band 7 eassy can u please kindly tell me can I write a eassy in simple language awaiting for ur reply please help me in this matter

I do love the way you deliver the lesson, answer the students' questions and take over any missinformation that students got from other tutor.

You are completely inspiring me 😊😊😊

No problem Dira!

Hi Simon
Thank you for the explanation

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