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Review of the week

This week, we held an extra Facebook Live session on the LearnEnglish Facebook page on Thursday to look back over some of the questions you asked this week, and share some additional advice.

You can also watch the Facebook Live session here with English subtitles. If you don’t see the subtitles automatically, click on settings at the bottom right of the screen and enable captions.

There were several questions about how to come up with ideas on what to write and how to learn more vocabulary related to typical IELTS topics. This is something we cover in detail next week on Steps 3.3, 3.4 and 3.19, so you can either wait until we reach those next week or jump ahead and look at them now.

Neil and Neeraj also discussed why some candidates do not get the result they need in IELTS Writing, even though they do well in the other parts of the test. This blog post looks at seven common reasons for this and gives some good advice on what to do about them.

Another area that was discussed was linking words, and this guide from the University of East Anglia gives lots of useful examples. Don’t forget, you can find more on this on Steps 2.12, 2.13 and 2.17.

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Coming up in Week 3

Next week we will be looking at the assessment criteria of Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy, as well as reviewing the content of previous weeks and completing a full IELTS Writing test.

If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 3.

You can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

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