Let me show you an example. Here’s the task:
The best way to motivate employees is to increase their salaries. Do you agree with this statement? Are there any other ways to encourage employees to work more efficiently?
Now let’s read the introduction.
Companies across the globe recognise the importance of motivating their staff to work more productively. After all, companies’ profits depend on how well their employees work. Businesses, therefore, try to encourage their people to work more efficiently…
This is not a good introduction because it’s too general. There are three sentences explaining why motivating staff is important, but that’s not the question. One general statement is enough to introduce the topic. The next sentence should immediately address the essay question or questions.
Write between 40 to 60 words in your introduction. Avoid having an introduction that is the longest paragraph of your essay. Your body paragraphs should be the longest, not your introduction.
Write your essay from scratch. IELTS examiners can easily spot memorised writing and you’ll be penalised for it.
Your position should be clear throughout your essay. It’s easier to do that if you state it clearly in your introduction.
In writing your introduction, the goal is to include everything you need and finish quickly so you can move on to the more important parts of your essay: your body paragraphs and conclusion.
This step-by-step lesson comes from my IELTS Writing Task 2 course, where you can learn how to write each paragraph of your essay, answer each type of task and meet all the requirements. You’ll learn how to link your sentences correctly, how to give examples that actually make your essay stronger, and where and how to express your opinion.
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