How to Start Writing your Essay under IELTS Exam Conditions
5 minutes – You will have only 40 minutes to write an essay. Aim to spend roughly 5 minutes planning and thinking. You may think that this is a huge chunk out of the time available but it is time well spent. It will save you time overall and will mean you do most of the thinking at the start, allowing you to spend the rest of the time writing.
Study the question – The first thing is to study the question. You are not being asked to ‘write everything you know about …’. You are being asked a specific question that needs an answer that is directly related to it.
Brainstorm – Once you are sure what the question is, the next thing you should do is brainstorming. Simply write down everything you can think of in brief notes and in no particular order just to get it out of your mind and on to paper. You can organise it later but initially you will have a record of relevant points and information to include. They might remind you of other things too.