Exploring the differences between an IELTS Band 9 essay and a university essay (Part 2)

This post continues a comparison between an IELTS Band 9 essay and a university essay started in a recent post. In that previous post I examined the introduction and the first main paragraph, but here I’m analysing the second main paragraph and the conclusion whilst continuing to focus on language …

Exploring the differences between an IELTS Band 9 essay and a university essay (Part 1)

So, in this post I’m going to convert the first half of an IELTS model essay (written by IELTS Simon) into a university level essay and highlight some important differences. Hopefully, this will provide an introduction to the requirements of academic writing at university. The introduction and first paragraph presented …

From IELTS to University – inserting critical analysis into essay conclusions

One of the differences between the kind of essay taught for academic IELTS and the kind of essay expected at university is the level of critical analysis required. At its most basic level, critical thinking involves skillfully presenting and summarizing opposing arguments and evidence; however, a successful student should go …

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