5 IELTS Writing Task 2 brainstorming techniques


Brainstorming for IELTS Task 2

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Hi I am Ben Adams, and this is IELTS7.guru.

The Number 1 Writing Complaint I get from IELTS students is “I can’t think of any ideas!”

So today we are going to solve this problem!

In fact, we will look at FIVE ways to help you think of ideas when you are under pressure in the IELTS exam.

But before we start, we need to answer 3 questions.

  1. Does everyone need to brainstorm?
  2. How does brainstorming help me?
  3. Which method should I use?

Let’s look at these one at a time.

1. Does everyone need to brainstorm?

No. If you get a topic and you have heaps of ideas, then start planning your essay immediately!

But if you can only think of one or two ideas. Use one of these brainstorming tools!

2. How does brainstorming help you?

In an exam situation, some people panic, and other people just go blank. In this case, having a simple brainstorming technique:

  • helps you calm down.
  • gets you thinking in English.
  • will trigger ideas that you already have but can’t remember.
  • will help you generate other ideas you wouldn’t have thought of.

So, in other words, the process of brainstorming is very useful too. Even if it doesn’t help you create lots of ideas, it will still help you settle down, focus, and do a better job preparing for your essay in the Exam.

Just going through the brainstorming process will help you do better!

3. Which method should I use?

This depends on you. People respond to different kinds of techniques. The best thing to do is try them all at home and see which help you most.

In fact, I use different techniques in the each of my IELTS essay walkthroughs.

5x IELTS Writing Task 2 Brainstorming Techniques

Ok, let’s jump straight in. The 5 techniques are:

  • Connector.

    Pros + Cons

    This is the typical thing you see on most IELTS essays. Just make two columns and try to write down any ideas you have. It is also a good idea to add examples and reasons at the same time.

  • Connector.

    What if ...?

    In this case, ask 2 questions: What if something happened? What if it didn’t happen? This is great for thinking about possible solutions, and it is also good for any question that includes the words ‘should’.

  • Connector.

    The Discussion Clock

    This is great for opinion essays, because it forces you to think of different aspects of the question. It can also be used for two points of view essays. In this case, use the discussion clock two times, one for each view. You can also use it for talking about pros and cons.

  • Connector.

    The Argument Table

    This is similar to the discussion clock but it is more organised. It can be used the same way as the discussion clock but some people work better with a table format.

  • Connector.

    The Solution Evaluator

    This is a unique IELTs7.guru tool! Use this to quickly work our the problems with any solution! This makes writing your conclusions really easy too!

Remember: Choose one or two techniques and practice them a lot until this is part of your essay writing process!

If you want to practice these techniques, sign-up for the newsletter below and get ielts7.guru IELTS Task 2 Writing Brainstorming Power Guide!

Inside, you get:

  • photocopiable worksheets to help you practice the 5 brainstorming techniques
  • sample essays to practice
  • useful language and phrases to help with your IELTS Task 2 organisation and planning!

Now it is your turn to take action!

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7 Comments on “5 IELTS Writing Task 2 brainstorming techniques”

  1. Your lessons are of high interest for my english studies. In addition, your contribution are of high knowledge of language.

  2. Please send me the brain storming guide over email. I haven’t find it in this site for download.

    1. Have you signed up for the newsletter? It’s on the pop-up. If you do this, it will automatically download for you.

    1. Hi Ayman, if you join the email list, I’ll send you the brainstorming techniques. Then just send me an email telling me you did.

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