They say a good beginning is the half task done. It is definitely true, especially when it comes to the writing block of IELTS test. Under pressure of responsibility and time constraint, it might be difficult to pull oneself together and produce the content of high quality. Yet, if a person starts well, he/she will feel confident, and there will be no room for doubts and anxiety. That is why beginning well or, in other words, writing introductions properly, is so important.
First of all, mind the guidelines that test takers are expected to follow. Pay attention that these are not the rules, but you are strongly encouraged to observe them:
The approach to writing an introduction is the same regardless of the type of an essay. In fact, you should not think of the part-two essay as that of a specific type. Of course, you may adopt this approach, but it is likely to distract you from the question asked. Just remember that an examiner assesses your ability to answer the question, not a skill to determine whether it is necessary to compose a cause-and-effect or a discussion essay.
Quite often, test takers tend to write an essay that they have written before. It means that they have memorized a certain pattern and use it even though it is not suitable for the question asked. Moreover, they attempt to include the ideas that they have formulated before. Believe it or not, resorting to such a 'technique' is very conspicuous. Not to make this terrible mistake, try to do the same thing, for example, writing an introduction, in different ways. You will be happy you have done it once you receive essay questions. On that note, diversify your language as well. Using clichés such as 'In this paper, it will be discussed...' is what pushes the examiners' buttons and drives them crazy. Avoid these learned phrases and express ideas in your own words. Although your writing style might seem less bookish or too simplistic to you, this is not the truth.
Practice a lot but focus on one skill at a time first. If you are determined to learn to write introductions, do not bother to write an entire essay each time. Furthermore, write various introductions instead of constantly using one model. Then, ask for feedback from others. You might send your introductions to a professor, friends, or essay correction services. Under any circumstances, the view of others on your writing style and approaches will definitely help you convey a necessary message to an examiner during the test.
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