How to Make Your IELTS Essay More Organized

By | March 31, 2015

Before you write your essay, you must plan what you will say. Always make an outline before you start your essay. An outline will make your essay more organized. When your essay is organized, you will get a better score for task achievement and coherence.

Your outline should be very simple. It will depend on the kind of question you will write about. Use the keywords in the question to make your outline.

Here are 3 example questions and outlines.  

QUESTION 1 – Advantages & Disadvantages

Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language in primary school rather than secondary school. What are the advantages and disadvantages of teaching children a foreign language at an early age?

Here is an outline for this essay.

Paragraph 1: Introduction

Paragraph 2: Advantages of teaching children a foreign language at an early age

  • children learn faster
  • they will enjoy the language
  • they will have many years to learn the language

Paragraph 3: Disadvantages of teaching children a foreign language at an early age

  • will take time away from other subjects
  • they may not understand everything and become nervous

Paragraph 4: Conclusion

QUESTION 2 – Cause & Solutions

People are generally busier today than in the past. What are the causes of this trend and what can people do to better manage their time?

Here is an outline for this essay.

Paragraph 1: Introduction

Paragraph 2: Causes of people being busier today

  • hectic schedules
  • demanding jobs
  • lots of entertainment

Paragraph 3: What people can do to manage their time better

  • set priorities and do what is important
  • do fewer things
  • take time to relax

Paragraph 4: Conclusion

QUESTION 3 – Discuss both views

Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same thing and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Here is an outline for this essay.

Paragraph 1: Introduction

Paragraph 2: Arguments in favor of change

  • knowing how to deal with change is important
  • can bring a better life – job, marriage

Paragraph 3: Arguments against change

  • better to stay with what you know
  • different is not always better

Paragraph 4: My opinion

  • change is good, brings opportunities

Paragraph 5: Conclusion

EXAMPLE ESSAY FOR QUESTION 3 – Discuss both views

Now read the sample essay below for QUESTION 3. Does the essay match the outline above?

In the past, most people lived in the same town all their lives and worked at the same job. However, lives today are full of change and sometimes turmoil.  For many, change is a source of unhappiness and anxiety. However, for others, it means variety – new opportunities, excitement and enriching experiences.

Proponents of change understand that it is inevitable, especially in the modern world. We experience change in many forms during our lives. Being able to adapt to different circumstances is crucial for our wellbeing. A better life can only come about through change. A new job, a new city, or a new relationship can improve our lives and enrich our experience. For example, a new job can mean a better salary and learning new skills. Or, getting married can bring someone special into a person’s life, bringing great happiness.




Opponents of change believe that persistence and stability are prerequisites to happiness and well-being. They think it is better to stay with what you know, than to face something new that could bring unhappiness or worse conditions. For example, even if you do not like your job, it may be difficult to find a better job. So, in seeking something better, you may find that you are left unemployed. Or, if you are not happy in your relationship, there is no guarantee that you will find someone better. If you leave a current relationship, you may find yourself all alone, instead of finding someone more suitable.

In my opinion, change is a part of life; without it, our lives would be monotonous and depressing. For the person who embraces it and knows how to deal with it, change can bring amazing opportunities and a better life. For example, I was not happy at my previous job. I searched for a new one and was able to find a job with more vacation and better hours. My salary is somewhat less, but I am happier at my new job. I have more time to do the things I enjoy. Overall, a job change was a positive development for me.

Change is inevitable, a part of life. I could not imagine my life being the same for my entire lifetime, and I’m grateful for change. (376 words)

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