from "The Tuition Tap" by Tim Lindemuth in , February, 1994.

For high-ability students, the challenge of the new is getting them to think beyond the confines of the text, while also developing conceptualised, coherent, critical responses. Not asking for much, then.

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Good afternoon teacher ! Please teach me how to paraphrase the Question from Ietls topics , i try to learn from many websites but it doesnt work at all. When i got the new topic from my tutor , i can not write even 1 word. I have nothing in my mind.


Say what you’re going to say. Say it. Say what you’ve said.

"This essay will discuss the writer’s presentation of..." Blah, blah. Boring.

I was practicing task 2 essay and feel fine with it….until I saw this article. If I begin with :
“Living in the era where advanced technology play significant role in the world, computers are expected to shift people’s role in various job field.”
as the FIRST sentence (it still less than 50 words in total with thesis statement combined), is it still considered to be overused/expression as per you said in point number 2 and 3?


With the development of science and modern technology…

If you try to bend the topic in order to use medical terminology, you wouldn’t get a good score for vocabulary. It is very easy for the examiner to see when a student is trying to do this. All vocabulary should be relevant to the topic given – medical terminology or scientific language is not often needed. You need to show a broader range rather than depending on your own subject matter. For the topic of health, you could certainly mention high blood pressure or cholesterol or even certain types of diabetes – but that’s all. Going further than that will not help you.

In the modern era, … / Since the dawn of time ….

Also I had a query to ask,
Can I use famous proverbs or quotes in my IELTS academic Essays??
If yes then where would you recommend me to use them in the essay??

This is a highly controversial issue.

Hi Liz ! thanks for your very helpful lessons . i am askinn about the use of Scientic vocabulary in Academic essays . Specifically , some words that’s difficult to be recognized by person who is out side the exact profession . Speaking about my self , i am a doctor . to what extent i can use medical terminologies ?

The crux of the discussion is …

Thaks a lot liz. Please tell me if the words of essay exceed the 300, is there any negative marking for that? What should be the no of paragraphs in the essay? Is there any particular format of writing? Also tell me some tips to secure 7 bands please?

, Joseph Benjamin Archibald Afful.

Don’t learn expressions !!! You can learn a linking word “In conclusion” but not more. All words that follow must be unique to yourself and not copied from a book.