Must-know Tips for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

hi there it's asiya and in this video i'd 
like to share with you my top tips for ielts   academic writing task 1 which i hope will help you 
write better answers and achieve a higher score   before we begin i just wanted to check if you've 
seen my new step-by-step ielts writing tutorial   where you can write your task 1 and task 2 answers 
together with me in this class i'll teach you the   fundamentals of ielts writing and show you how to 
write high scoring answers step by step all the   details are in the video description and now let's 
get started my first tip is avoid providing too   many details in your report to explain what 
i mean let me show you a task here it is   the charts below show the average consumption 
of three nutrients by adults in the uk   all these nutrients may be unhealthy if eaten 
too much and then we see three pie charts sodium   saturated fat and added sugar on each chart 
we can see what proportion of this nutrient   people consume with each meal breakfast 
lunch dinner snacks for example sodium   people eat 13 of sodium with breakfast 
28 with lunch 42 with dinner and so on   so what i'm doing now is i'm providing every 
detail i'm describing every number doing that   in your report is wrong it will limit your 
score the task is to summarize the information   so let me give you an example to 
illustrate my point this is a bad example   a typical breakfast contains 13 of the daily 
intake of sodium 16 of saturated fat and 16 of   added sugar what i did here is i described 
every number i could find on those childs   this is a bad idea what you should do instead 
is find the key trends differences or stages   when you look at your data you need to analyze 
them and explain what they mean what stands behind   the data so if we continue talking about our 
breakfast a much better example would be this   a typical breakfast is the lightest meal 
of the day which contains between 13 and 16   of each nutrient so here i used the same data 
but i analyzed them i explained what they mean   the breakfast is the lightest meal of the day 
and then i supported my description with figures   which contains between 13 and 16 of each 
nutrient so i provided just enough detail   to support my statement but not more and here 
is my next tip support your description with   figures just like in our previous example there 
is a statement and then some figures to support it   here is another example out of all the meals 
dinner contains the largest proportions of sodium   and saturated fat 42 and 39 of daily intake 
respectively again i'm not just saying dinner   contains 42 of sodium because that means nothing 
i say that it contains the highest proportion   which is much more meaningful and then i support 
my statement with the exact number and the word   respectively means that numbers come in the same 
order as things were mentioned so 42 is sodium   and 39 and saturated fat it's a really useful 
word for task one okay the next tip is describe   data correctly it's very easy to make a simple 
mistake of reporting the wrong number but you   lose marks for that so be careful next write an 
overview i know the task doesn't say that you   must write an overview but you must an 
overview is a very short summary of the main   things you've learned from the task you just need 
to write one or two sentences without any details   without any numbers so here is the overview for 
this task overall the first two meals of the day   eaten by adults in the uk are relatively balanced 
and healthy whereas dinner contains the most   sodium and saturated fat most of 
the added sugar is in snack foods   you see even without seeing those charts 
we can already say what this task was about   so this is the overview and by the way foods 
it's not a mistake when you talk about different   kinds of food you can say foods and if you'd 
like to see the full sample answer for this task   i will link the video in the description use 
the correct tense that's my next tip it's very   easy to report the information in the wrong 
tense because you have so many things to think   about but that's a significant mistake so pay 
attention to that let's have a look at some tasks   so in the task with pie charts we don't have any 
dates so everything is in the present and we use   mainly the present simple tense breakfast contains 
people eat and so on now this one a bar chart   here we have three time periods 2003 2006 and 

So here everything is in the past and   you need to use the past tenses to present the 
information finally we have two maps a sleep   town center now so that's the present the present 
tense and plant development so that's about the   future there are actually two ways to talk about 
a plant development you can say the plant proposes   the construction of a circular road so we use 
the present simple tense to talk about the future   and another one a new shopping center will 
be built so that's the future simple tense   will be built is the passive voice we don't 
know who's gonna build it it's not important   it will be built by someone so in your report 
it's best to use a combination of both tenses next   have at least two body paragraphs in your report 
if you have two maps in your task it's quite   logical to think that you will have two body 
paragraphs but even if you have one big chart   or a diagram you still need to have at 
least two body paragraphs you may have three   next don't write a conclusion you don't 
need it in your task one you need it in task   two in task one writing a conclusion is a waste of 
time so spend this time on writing a good overview   and don't give your opinion you can analyze the 
data but you shouldn't say what you personally   think about it so here are some examples of things 
you should not say in task 1.

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