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Mastering IELTS Writing: Task 2 (Achieve Band 7+ in 7 Hours)

Complete preparation to achieve the band score you need in IELTS Writing Task 2 (Academic and General Training).
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Approach any topic or question type in IELTS Writing Task 2
Get clear and supportive answers to all of your questions by using the Q&A tool
Manage IELTS Task 2 time constraints calmly and effectively
Write high-quality introductions and conclusions quickly and efficiently
Build a high-scoring body paragraph with well-developed ideas and arguments
Write in a coherent and cohesive way, and link ideas with a sense of clear, logical progression
Use a vast array of new vocabulary - both common and academic - to boost your Lexical Resource
Use grammatical constructions which will improve your score in Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Apply my 'secrets of success', which have helped many students jump from band 6 to band 7.5
Think like an IELTS examiner, and apply this thinking in the writing test
Feel confident and self-assured heading into your IELTS exam, and when writing essays in the future for work or university

“Hi Matt,

I got my IELTS score yesterday. This course is simply amazing. This was my second time taking the test and I got a 7.5 in Writing with an overall band score of 8.5. Last time I got a 5.5 in writing with an overall band score of 7.5. I improved by 2 band scores due to this course. Thank you so much for your help!




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“After scoring band 6 in writing for 4 times in a row, I finally took this course and ended up 7.5.”- Mohit Kare

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35 lectures – prepare for the IELTS writing exam within 7 hours! Applies to both the Academic and General Training modules!

>>> Receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the whole course. <<<


Should I take this course?

Have you taken the IELTS Writing exam in the past and not received the Band 7 or above you needed?

Are you taking the IELTS Writing exam for the first time and want to have the best essay writing preparation available?

Do you want to be taught by an instructor who teaches IELTS Writing every day, and has already helped thousands of students to improve their English and realise their IELTS goals, from Band 6 to Band 8 and beyond?


If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, then this course is for you.


Do not waste time and money on exam after exam after exam. Take this course to improve your English, learn the tips, tools and techniques to get the band score you need, and achieve IELTS Writing success now!

How will this course help me?

This course will teach you how to write what the IELTS examiners want to read in IELTS Writing Task 2. It is aimed at students who are trying to achieve Band 7, but will also be extremely valuable for any students aiming for Band 6 or Band 8. Even Band 9 students will learn something new here! It is applicable to both the Academic and GT modules.

You might think that the IELTS examiners only care about a wide range of vocabulary, correct spelling and accurate grammar. This is wrong. These are all important, but there is so much more you can do to boost your score.


Mastering IELTS Writing: Task 2 tells you exactly what you need to know to succeed in this English language exam.

During this course, you will:

  • understand how the IELTS exam, and the writing test in particular, is structured and how it should be approached
  • learn how to write an answer to any Writing Task 2 question after learning how to recognise different question types
  • learn how to manage your time wisely, how to plan your essay effectively, and how to structure your writing appropriately
  • learn how to create ‘flow’ in your essays so that you can begin to write like a native
  • find out how to increase your range of vocabulary quickly and effectively
  • study the steps you need to take in order to achieve grammatical range and accuracy
  • learn many of the ‘secrets of success’ that will help you to get the best score possible
  • learn an effective 3-step formula for writing introductions and conclusions, so more time can be spent on the body of the essay
  • begin to feel confident, assured and increasingly prepared for the writing test in your next IELTS exam

What do you use to teach your course?

There are three key ingredients in the Mastering IELTS Writing: Task 2 course:

  1. Lessons. The lessons in this course work. I know this because of the high scores of my past students. The lessons are clear, direct, and focused entirely on improving the quality of your writing skills. We will waste no time.
  2. Materials. The materials I have included in this course are the materials which have helped my past students to score band 7 and above in the IELTS exam. These high-quality materials include helpful, clear descriptions of IELTS techniques, model answers to IELTS writing questions, and common mistakes to avoid. Everything you see in this course is a collection of all the techniques I have learnt over the years with my many IELTS students.
  3. Teacher. My name is Matt, and I run a website called The IELTS Teacher. I am a British native with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and have been helping students to learn English since 2008. In 2013, I launched The IELTS Teacher. I created this website because I wanted to help students to pass their IELTS exams with lessons via Skype and screen-sharing, as well as Writing Corrections. I have already taught thousands of 1-to-1 IELTS lessons, and helped hundreds of students towards their target scores.

So what are you waiting for? Enrol on the course today and let’s get you started on the road to IELTS success.

General Overview

An Introduction to the Course

Need a PDF/eBook for this course? Just go to the final lecture and check out the resources section! 

An Introduction to the IELTS Exam with Walkthrough

An introduction to the IELTS exam. You can SKIP THIS LECTURE if you have taken IELTS before and/or are comfortable that you know the structure of the exam. 

Understanding Writing Task 2

A quick look at Writing Task 2 in IELTS, and some examples of the types of questions you may be asked. Again, you can SKIP THIS LECTURE if you have taken IELTS before and/or are comfortable that you know the structure of the exam. 

What Do You Want From Me? (How To Get Band 7+ From the IELTS Examiners)

How do the IELTS examiners mark your Task 2 essay? Find out what you need to do to achieve a Band 7+ score.

Approaching the Essay

The 4 Different Task 2 Question Types

In this lecture you will learn the four different types of questions you can receive in IELTS Writing Task 2. You will also learn how to structure your essay for each one.

Top Marks - A Brief Look at a Task 2 Model Answer

Watch this lecture to see how a perfect answer looks, and get links to the lectures in the course that teach the specific skills seen in the essay.

Planning Your Essay

A 3-step process for quickly and efficiently planning your essay.

Handling Time Constraints and Word Counts

How to manage your time and deal with the minimum word count when writing your essay. Also features some advice on dealing with time-limit-related anxiety.

Don't Make These Mistakes!

Some common misconceptions about IELTS Writing Task 2 which may damage your score...

Approaching the Essay - Quiz

This short quiz will help you to review what you have learnt in this section. 

Structuring the Essay (Coherence and Cohesion)

Incredibly Fast Introductions

Learn how to write essay introductions both quickly and proficiently with a simple formula.

Building Body Paragraphs

Learn how to write well-developed and highly detailed body paragraphs, which run with a clear, fluent, and logical progression.

Quick Conclusions

Learn how to write conclusion with speed and precision, and avoid the panic of rushing through the end of the essay.

Cohesive Devices and Referencing

Discover the skills and techniques you need to create a fluent, cohesive and coherent essay. (The decision to place this lecture at the end of this section was taken post-production, so apologies for referring to it as 'moving to a new section of the course').

Structuring the Essay - Quiz

This short quiz will help you to review what you have learnt in this section. 

Answering the Question (Task Response)

Finding Ideas

Learn how to think of ideas for any topic so you're never stuck for arguments again! 

Developing Ideas and Using Examples

Learn how to support and develop ideas sufficiently using three simple questions.

Creating and Maintaining a Position

Learn how to state and develop your opinion, even if your opinion is not one which fully agrees or disagrees with a viewpoint.

Stop Making Generalisations!

Learn the language that will stop you from making this key common mistake in IELTS Writing.

Answering the Question - Quiz

This short quiz will help you to review what you have learnt in this section. 

Writing the Essay (Lexical Resource - Vocabulary)

What's Your Topic?

Learn the importance of writing words and expressions related to your topic, and how you can improve this vital skill.

The Importance of Collocations

Discover how to improve your ability with collocations, one of the most crucial components of natural-sounding English.

Word Formation

Learn what word formation really means and discover how you can use it to boost your score in the exam.

Synonyms and Paraphrasing

Struggling to avoid repetition? Synonyms are great, but they are NOT the only way to paraphrase! Learn four other techniques you can use to paraphrase quickly and effectively.

Writing the Essay - Quiz

This short quiz will help you to review what you have learnt in this section. 

Tuning the Essay (Grammatical Range and Accuracy)

Simple Sentences and Common Errors

There are three very common errors made in simple sentences among even the most advanced English users. Learn what they are here.

What Makes a Complex Sentence?

Here we'll take a look at how to improve our ability to use complex sentences to communicate ideas in sophisticated way.


Learn how to use commas, apostrophes and capital letters appropriately and accurately, and avoid the most common punctuation mistakes made by other candidates.

Conditional Sentences

Learn how to use conditional sentences (zero, first, second and third) to improve your range of grammar and develop your arguments effectively. (This should be titled 'Lecture 25', not '28'!)

Relative Clauses

Discover how to accurately use relative clauses to extend your range of grammar and add more information about your ideas.

Checking The Essay (Articles / Prepositions / Pronouns)

This is one of the most important skills to master in order to get your required score: checking your work! Learn the best way to approach this step in this lecture.

Tuning the Essay - Quiz

This short quiz will help you to review what you have learnt in this section. 


Demo: Answering Task 2 From Start to Finish - PART 1

Watch how all of the above skills are used to write a perfect IELTS Writing Task 2 answer. Part 1.

Demo: Answering Task 2 From Start to Finish - PART 2

Watch how all of the above skills are used to write a perfect IELTS Writing Task 2 answer. Part 2.

Secrets to Success - Tips and Techniques

A few tips, techniques, secrets and strategies that can help you on exam day.

How to Practice Effectively

Learn the best way to approach your self-study so as to feel totally prepared for the IELTS exam.

Getting Guidance

This lecture will provide you with resources for taking your IELTS learning further.

Good Luck!

Thank you so much for taking this course, and well done on having completed it! I wish you the best of luck in your IELTS exam. Please let us know how you get on! 

Live Writing Class Example

To learn how to attend our monthly IELTS writing classes, check out the final bonus lecture!

Live Writing Class Example #2

To learn how to attend our monthly IELTS writing classes, check out the final bonus lecture!

BONUS: Live Writing Classes, Model Answers and Free PDF/eBook
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