How to Organize Your Ideas in IELTS Writing Task 2

IELTS writing task 2 asks you to write an academic essay about a certain topic with personal opinions and supporting details. To structure your essay, you need to have your own ideas on the topic and arrange these ideas in a clear and logical way. Check our template and follow the four steps below to organize your ideas in IELTS writing task 2.

Step 1: Choose a Position and Write a Thesis Statement

First of all, give a clear answer to questions like ‘Do you think the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?’ and ‘To what extend do you agree or disagree?’. For the first question, you can either choose yes or no. For the second question, you can say that you agree or disagree. Never be neutral because the examiners will give low grades if they can not find your point. Then you can write a thesis statement to show what your essay is going to discuss about.

Step 2: Brainstorm Ideas

Before writing, I suggest that you can brainstorm some arguments and supporting evidence. You can write down anything you have thought of on a paper such as a word or a phrase related to your opinion, a piece of news and even your own experience. Find useful information which can be developed as main ideas for the body paragraphs and supporting evidence for those main ideas.

Step3: Write an Outline

After that, you can write an outline for your essay. Write down the thesis statement on the top of a paper. Develop two or three main ideas to support your thesis statement and number them with Roman numerals I, II, and III. Under each main idea, list some facts and other evidence with letters A, B and C. Also, give a conclusion with a restatement of your thesis.

NOTE: Step 2 and step 3 are effective tools for practicing writing when you are preparing for the test. In the real test, you may not have time to write them down. You can brainstorm and figure out the outline in your brain in just two or three minutes. If you can not think of enough main ideas and evidence in three minutes, just start to write and try to think of more while writing.

Step 4: Use Transition Words and Expressions

Transition words and expressions can also help you to organize your ideas in IELTS writing task 2. Use words and phrases like first, besides and in addition to sequence your main ideas. Use words and phrase like for instance and for example to exemplify. Here are more expressions you can use in your writing.

I always say that the best way to improve your writing is to write as much as you can and modify all those writings until you are totally satisfied. Practice with these topics and Magoosh’s IELTS prep. Also, check our useful IELTS vocabulary and phrases and how to write an IELTS essay introduction to help you improve your writing.


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