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10 KEYS to Writing an Essay from Beginning to End
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Created by Jesse Sweed
Published 8/2018
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • PREPARE yourself to score a higher band on your IELTS Essay
  • KNOW over 10 specific items to include to write a great essay
  • GROW their confidence when they sit their IELTS Essay
  • Be prepared to practice your essay writing
  • Have at least Intermediate-level English listening as this course is ENTIRELY in English
  • Be serious about preparing for your writing exam
  • Be willing to do assignments and tasks

Does IELTS writing worry you?

Let's eliminate that fear, together.

Welcome to the Sweed Academy IELTS Essay Writing Masterclass! I'm Jesse, and I'm going to help you get your desired band for the IELTS Writing Exam.

First thing is first. This is strictly an essay-writing strategy course. I am going to systematically take you through 10 items that IELTS evaluators have said you must include in your essay.

We are going to go through that list step-by-step, and work together from beginning to end to prepare you for when you have to sit your exam.

We're going to start before the writing begins with the brainstorming. Any successful writer starts with good brainstorming. This is a KEY element that many test-takers overlook. And then, we're going to finish at the last sentence of your essay.


We do not believe in providing a template to copy and paste on exam day. This is a deep, structured guide to help you organize your thoughts and write them in a coherent way on your IELTS exam.

In this course, you get:

- over 2 hours of video lectures

- interactive tasks to complete

- an invitation to join our Facebook group for extra support

- an in-depth look at real IELTS exams

- professional tips and advice

- much more!

Thank you for looking at this course page, and let Jesse know if we can help you with your decision.

Who this course is for:
  • Students who are struggling with getting to the next band in writing.
  • Students who need to know how to write essays for IELTS
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 01:30:51
+ MODULE I: Introduction
3 lectures 24:48

What can you expect from this course? You will learn a step-by-step method from start to finish, so you can be prepared and enter your exam with CONFIDENCE that you will be prepared when you write your essay.

Join the Sweed Academy Learning Group on Facebook and share your answers and assignments!

Preview 02:30

We're going to look at the scoring rubric that the IELTS evaluators will use to score your essay. The first step in achieving a goal is knowing exactly what your objective is. In this lesson, you will see exactly what you need to do to achieve the band that you want. This is useful because it will help you:

  • focus on EXACTLY what you need to prepare

  • have TARGETED practice

  • EVALUATE yourself based on the criteria

Download the PDF file of the scoring rubric for IELTS writing and follow along with me as I explain what some of it means. I also suggest you print out this paper, highlight the band that you want to score, and post it someplace where you can regularly see it.

Preview 11:16

Before you ever start writing your essay, you'll need to think about what you're going to write about. Writing an outline or brainstorming is essential to doing your best work on writing exams and writing in general.

In this video, I want to share some basics of outlining and brainstorming that will help you on your exam day. We will also work together as we brainstorm an example of an actual IELTS essay question. Let's do it together, and share with me on Facebook or in the comments if you would include anything different.

If you have any questions or want to share your examples, Join our Sweed Academy Learning Group on Facebook!

Brainstorming is KEY
+ MODULE II: 10 KEYS for IELTS Writing Success
11 lectures 31:49

Most essay assignments give you a word count for your essay, but they don't tell you how to structure it. How much should I write? How many paragraphs should my essay have? These are questions that I will answer in this video. Simply put, you should have your essay divided into 4 paragraphs: 1 Introduction, 2 Body, and 1 Conclusion. Follow this general model, and you will write a more organized essay.

Preview 01:49

Have you every been confused about how to START your essay? Tip number one is about writing a quality introduction for your essay you're about to write. Starting strong is one of the key ways to have a strong essay. In this video, you will learn:

  • How to start a good essay

  • The structure of a quality introduction

  • What should be included in your introduction paragraph

We are going to take a detailed look at exactly what you should include in your introduction paragraph.

Tip 2: How To Start

A thesis statement is the main idea of your entire essay PLUS main supports all wrapped up in one sentence. A person should be able to read your thesis statement and know what your essay is about. In this video, you will learn:

  • How to write a good thesis statement

  • Why a thesis statement is so important

  • You will also practice writing your thesis statement for our practice essay.

Preview 03:16

Topic sentences are very important in your essay, but they are also often overlooked by students when I read their writing. I'm going to show you how to correct this and write POWERFUL topic sentences that have meaning and will help keep your paragraphs organized and coherent.

A paragraph is a single idea that will be built with support and evidence to develop your point. What does that mean? A topic sentence should show the reader exactly what this paragraph will be about (similar to a title of a YouTube video). 

There are two main items that should be included in your topic sentence:

  • A transitional word or phrase to start linking the previous paragraph to this one.

  • Your main idea with hints to what the reader will read in the paragraph.

Having these elements will help you stay focused in your paragraph because you just have to follow what you have written in the topic sentence, and it will help you RAISE your IELTS score.

Tip 4: Writing Topic Sentences for EACH Paragraph

One of the most important things to remember when you're building your body paragraphs is to CLEARLY answer the main question and use each body of the paragraph to SUPPORT your opinion for the main question. This should be shown in each topic sentence of the body paragraphs and developed throughout the paragraphs. This is the NUMBER ONE thing you need to keep in mind to get a good Task Achievement/Content score. Always ask yourself, "Does this support my main opinion?" and "Does my main opinion answer the question?"

Continually asking yourself this question will help you stay on task. Throughout this video, we will learn techniques and strategies for staying on task when writing your body paragraphs.

Tip 5: Make Your Content Clear

Now that you've written a clear Topic Sentence for your paragraphs, you will need to develop your ideas more in the paragraph. This is what we will be studying in this video. In this video, you will learn how to:

  • develop your ideas more fully.

  • use transitions to connect your sentences and paragraphs together

  • stay on task as your writing and stay focused on answering the question.

This part is essential in MAXIMIZING your Task Achievement score in your IELTS essay.

Tip 6: Developing Your Ideas

Your conclusion is very important because it's the last thing that the evaluator will read. You want your conclusion to be strong and summarize all of your main ideas. There is one trick to finish your essay in the most POWERFUL way: close your essay with a 'so what' idea. This is basically giving a suggestion, recommendation, or idea of what to do with all of the information you've written about in your essay. This could be the difference between a 7 and 7.5 or an 8 and 8.5 band score.

In this video, I show you the structure of a good conclusion for you study, learn, and practice for the best results on your IELTS writing exam.

Tip 7: Writing Your Conclusion

It's not how you start, it's how you finish... well, actually, in an essay, it's also how you start. However, in this video, we are going to learn how to finish your essay so that the evaluators will have a good impression after having read it and it will make a greater impact on them, ultimately affecting your score. 

Tip 8: Close Your Essay Strong

Tips 9 and 10 are very similar, so I want to group those together to help you better prepare for what to watch. They both relate to the vocabulary use and word choice in your writing. They are small details to include in your writing that make a BIG difference in your essays.

Preview 00:31

If you think you've used a lot of linkers, connectors, and linking phrases in your essay, add more. These are the glue that hold your essay together and make it flow. Using these effectively could mean the difference between a 7 band score and an 8 band score. I can't overestimate how important linking phrases are in your essay. They are essentially what Coherence and Cohesion is looking for.

In this video, you will:

  • learn how to use linkers and linking phrases in your writing

  • understand why we use them

  • practice writing paragraphs using linkers.

Tip 9: Use More Linkers to Connect Ideas

I always say this to my students that I teach as well as in my videos. When you learn vocabulary, learn them in groups. It will help you remember them better as well as help you understand how to use them in context. This will make you more fluent faster, as well as give you more confidence because you will sound more native and use native speaker expressions. This also applies to writing. Learning words in groups will INCREASE YOUR WRITING BAND SCORE.

Tip 10: Learn Words in Groups
+ MODULE III: Review Example Writings
3 lectures 34:14

Join me as I look at a student's writing example. This is a lower level student who is practicing for the IELTS Writing exam. He/She has a long way to go, but you can see some common mistakes that even advanced students make in their writing. Watch along with your notebook and write these errors down if you tend to make them.

5-Band Essay (Don't Make These COMMON Mistakes)

Join me as I look at a student's 8-point IELTS essay. We're going to look at this student's essay structure and word choice. Notice how he/she uses transitions and vocabulary to make their essay more powerful. 8 Band is a strong score, so learn as much as you can with this example and ask me any questions you have. Good luck!

8-Band Essay: Notice the Structure
Thank You and Good Luck!