IELTS General: Writing Task 1 – 14 Top Tips!

If you need to do the IELTS general exam, I’m sure it’s for a very important reason. Perhaps you’re trying to immigrate to another country, or get admission to a college program, or join a professional training program. Whatever your reason, I know you want to get the highest marks possible. Right? Of course. So I’m going to help you to do exactly that in one particular area of the exam, and that’s in your writing section. Now, in the writing section there are two parts, one is a letter and one is an essay. In this lesson we will focus on how you can get the highest marks possible in the essay-writing section. Okay? The 14 tips that I’m going to give you I promise you, if you apply each one of these things, step by step you’re going to get more and more marks. Okay? So stick with me and we will go through them. Let’s get started.

So, the first thing you have to identify when you read the letter-writing task is: What type of letter am I being asked to write? Is it a formal letter, is it a semi-formal letter, or is it an informal letter? Well, how do you know that? Well, you can know it in a few ways and I’m going to explain them, but one of the ways that you can know it is to look at the second point that you need to understand, is to identify the purpose of the letter because some purposes are more formal than other purposes. All right? For example, some formal letters might ask you to request information; or apply for a job; or complain about a product or a service, maybe to an airline, maybe to a store, something like that; or to make a suggestion or a recommendation. All right? To a shopping mall, to a restaurant, something like that. These are more formal situations. These are when we are writing to people or companies that we don’t know. All right? That’s the clue: You don’t have anybody’s name, you just have the name of the company.

All right. Semi-formal letters might include things like this: Complaining to a landlord; or explaining something, a problem or a situation to a neighbour; or asking a professor for permission to miss an exam or to submit your assignment late. Whatever it is. Okay? The details vary. Doesn’t matter. And here, what’s…? What identifies the semi-formal? The semi-formal we know it’s still a kind of a formal situation, but here we usually do know somebody’s name. You would know the name of your landlord, or your professor, or your neighbour, for example. Right? So that means something in terms of the way that you write the letter, the language, the tone, the style. All of this is affected by whether it’s formal, semi-formal, or informal. And I’ll explain more to you as we go along.

Now, examples of informal letters might be where you’re being asked to invite a friend, or thank a friend, or apologize to a friend, or ask for advice from someone that you know. Okay? Here what’s important is that you really know this person well and you’re probably going to call them by first name. So I’m going to explain exactly how all of this translates into the next step, which is how you begin your letter.

So the first step was to identify the type of letter. Second step, the purpose. Now the third step is to open and close the letter correctly. Once you’ve done steps one and two, you will know how to do this step. Because if it’s a formal letter then you start with: “Dear Sir” or “Madam”, and you end with: “Yours faithfully”. Okay? That’s how it is. If it’s a semi-formal letter, you will start with something like: “Dear Mr. Brown” or “Dear Ms. Stone” or “Mrs. Stone”. “Ms.” Is when you don’t know if a woman is married or not, or if she’s just a modern woman. And you end the semi-formal letter with something like: “Yours sincerely”. Okay? What we’re trying to do is to match up the formality of the situation with these terms that we’re using. Okay? The opening and closing salutations they’re called, these are called. All right? Next is the informal one.


Use Email Signatures to Attract Buyers to Your Website!

I never thought that my email could help me to grow a business.  I didn’t even think about it until a friend who has her own business sent me an email and I noticed her signature.  It was her advertisement for her various business ventures.  Consider using your email signature as a way to squeeze out some extra advertising.

Just like the telephone is the most utilized way to communicate with someone for a local business, email is the way to “talk” to someone when you conduct business on the Internet.  Your site will be seen by thousands of people and many of them will buy from you (hopefully!).  In reality, you won’t ever meet these people in person.  To keep in contact with them, use the email system.

Most email providers will allow you to set up a signature line.  Unfortunately, this marketing tool is seldom used.  It’s a good idea to take the time to rectify that situation.  Decide on what you will say in your email signature line to attract people to you website and your business.

A signature line has to have a few things to make it effective.  First, there is your name.  When you sign a letter, you sign it with your name first and then list anything else that goes along with that.  Add a couple of lines that describe what you do as the owner of your business.  Ask email recipients to visit the website and supply the website address.  If it is helpful, add your telephone number.  This can be your home telephone, but a separate business line will keep you from missing potential business calls or having family members answer them.

When you perfect your signature line, create a signature file.  This is where all of this information will be stored so it can easily be changed if you need to.  Be sure that the signature line looks professional and is displayed the way you want.  Avoid using HTLM if you can, as it can be tricky.  One word or symbol out of place and you will actually see the code in your signature line.  That won’t go over well.  To most people, it looks like gibberish.

Use your signature file when you send emails to family and friends as well.  When they forward your emails, others will see your signature line at the bottom.  Set up distribution lists using your email address book so that important business emails get to the right people at the right time.  Give each list a name that is easily identifiable.  So that all of the names are not seen in the top line, enter them on the blind copy (bcc) line so that they stay hidden when the email is opened.

Another final stealth tip here, I’ve used signatures in niche forums where I’ve wished to market certain products and distribute them (without raising affiliate marketing alarm bells) in that community of targeted readers.

To do this, you simply search in Google for Your Nice+Forums and it will display them, then find a suitable range of forums and become a member. Go in, read a few of the posts and find ones that you know you can really add value to, then at the bottom leave your signature in there with your URL. Most forums allow this and I’ve made numerous sales by doing this for affiliate products, as well as my own products/services.

This works a treat especially if you want to attract tons of buyers to your website. Or if you don’t have a website and wish to do affiliate marketing, here’s the stealth marketing tip of the century.


Visiting Campus from Abroad

I can still remember the moment I stepped foot onto James Madison University’s campus – happy students socializing and studying in picturesque settings, the bluestone buildings along the quad, the sun shining against the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. I knew in that moment that James Madison University was where I wanted to spend the next four years. That was more than ten years ago, and I still can’t get enough of the Blue Ridge skyline.

While the campus visit is a vital part of the university search process, many students today, particularly international students, are not able to simply hop in the car for a weekend visit. With strong academic programs across the globe the campus visit has shifted from campus to our computer. Online search engines and guidebooks are bursting with information, but oftentimes these outlets can be overwhelming.

University rankings are exciting, but do not always share the full story of everything a school has to offer. If you are suffering from cyberspace overload here are some tips to avoid crashing.

Beyond the Basics:

Kick off your search with standard sites like the university homepage that links to information for prospective students and admissions requirements. These are central starting points that often include quick facts, online tours and links to academic  programs. But don’t stop there. Consider a few outlets beyond these basics to get an insider’s guide on what to expect on campus. Browsing the digital copy of a student newspaper, clicking through the calendar of events, and navigating to an area visitor’s guide website will paint a better picture of life on and off campus. Use the search box typically found at the top of each homepage as a helpful tool for finding specific information.

Save Your Search:

There is so much information available it is easy to get lost clicking away from one link to the next. You may find yourself questioning where you found a virtual tour, a layout of a residence hall, the university that had the exact academic program you had  been seeking, etc. Keep these links as you find them in one easy to access document with a short description of each link and the name of the university so that you can refer to it later.

Virtual Visuals:

Pictures, videos, and virtual tours are essential to helping you get a better feel for campus. In addition to popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, here are a few other websites to keep on your radar.

How to Write a Thesis Abstract

The examiner’s board, in front of whom, the thesis would have to be defended, generally, do not have enough time to go through the thesis of all the students who shall be defending their work in front of them. A small crux of thesis is therefore provided to them in the form of an abstract so that they can have an idea about the work done by the student and can ask intelligent questions. This is because while working on the thesis paper, the researcher tends to have grown more knowledgeable in the area as compared to the examiners. Preparation of a thesis abstract, however, is a very delicate job and a number of precautions and considerations must be taken into account. This article will discuss how to write a thesis abstract that are examiners like to read.

First of all while preparing an abstract, the researcher must keep in mind that it must not consist of direct quotes, which are lifted from the thesis. The thesis abstract is a summary of the thesis, not showcase to present the researchers command over the language. If the abstract is of descriptive type, writing 100 to 350 words in a well-phrased paragraph is desired. The paragraph should use simple language and avoid jargon as much as possible. If the thesis abstract must be the informative type, the length should be anywhere between 100 -250 words. In an abstract of the informative type, jargon can be used only to an extremely limited extent because avoiding jargon can save a lot of words, which would be wasted in explaining those terms.

Secondly, thesis abstract should focus more on problem and solution discussed in the thesis. The methodology of collection of data is not needed, nor is it needed that the researcher mentions literature reviews. All these things form background information and are generally not required in an abstract. They should only be mentioned as space filler if one is falling short of word limit.

Thirdly, in a thesis abstract the researcher should try to stuff the abstract with keywords. Almost all the research work is stored in electronic form now. The computers need keywords to search for appropriate work. The more keywords a researcher includes in the thesis abstract, the more people will be able to access his work.

Finally, a good thesis abstract can also be used as great introduction or opening section for the actual thesis, provided one or two sentences are changed in such manner that both of them do not look the same. This is how to write an abstract for a thesis that are easy to read an understand, I wish you all the best in your thesis presentation.

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How to write and organise a thesis part 2

10 Discipline and analysis are the two paramount terms you should remember while writing a thesis.

11 Discipline is the term which signifies effective use of evidence in the thesis

12 Analysis interprets evidence in order to support, test, and/or refine a claim

13 Once you have collected all your evidence and indeed you have a pile of it waiting beside you, ask a simple question when should I use particular evidence? Offer evidence which can support your specific stance. Another way is to counter your own argument so that you can present a proven evidence to refute it later on. You can also use a source that are pinned against each other. A clever way to make the readers on your side is to cite the quotations from notable personalities which can support your claim, this way you intend to project that the argument projected has a support of people who are known personalities and have a decorated legacy in the subject.

14 It is paramount to incorporate citations in your thesis, though your entire work should not be a jumble up of the citations but logical assertions which were derived by you in your thesis with the aid of a book or a source should be incorporated to prove the concreteness of your logical assertions for your argument. In simple terms citing a comic book is not only hilarious but also embarrassing but a manuscript that was shown on a documentary on discovery channel or perhaps a book from a renowned author is acceptable.

15 Hypothesis are not welcomed in thesis, hence theories form an essential part of the thesis.

16 Different places and their universities acknowledge the thesis in specific formats which is just the way of writing your thesis hence different thesis may be in versatile sets of formats but the soul is the same.

17 Eventually and the most significant aspect of thesis is that it should be pure and original some thing or an argument which has already been proven will not be entertained.