For first time IELTS takers, published books by authorized agencies are highly recommended so that you can get a valid information related to the test and sample essays to model before you see other essays. Follow these helpful tips.

  1. Read books on IELTS preferably Cambridge so you have an idea on each test category and how it is conducted.
  2. Try and write your own essay based on your own understanding of one source of book
  3. Once you are done with your own essay with your own style, try and compare it with other essay samples written by different authors. This time, you might be able to differentiate your own writing style from others. As long as the idea does not change, your work is fine. There is no single correct way to write anyway.
  4. Have your essay checked by those who have deep understanding of the IELTS Test and those who got high scores if you can find any, or those who have trained with the IELTS test.
  5. Read for additional information or for any updates. Read for more vocabulary practice. It helps!:)

IELTS Writing Task 2 sample essay

Here is another sample IELTS Task 2 essay. Basically there is 4 paragraphs in this essay as a standard structure of IELTS namely:

Introduction ( Paraphrase of the IELTS statement and answer) Body Paragraph 1 (Main Topic 1) Body Paragraph 2 (Main Topic 2) Conclusion ( Reiteration of arguments discussed)

Simplified tips will be discussed on how to write an IELTS essay on my next post)

Some people believe that the problem of illegal drugs can be solved by just legalizing it all drugs. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

A considerable number of people think that making all drugs legal can be a solution to the existing problem of prohibited drugs. I disagree with this statement because of the bad side effects of freedom in buying these products more so in terms of physical and mental health. However, legalizing all drugs can also poses a benefit to people in terms of financial savings.

To start with, legalizing drugs will give the people the freedom to buy illegal drugs that will affect the physical health of every consumer. It will be uncontrollable and many people will be enjoying the benefit of using drugs even when it is beyond the requirement of their bodies. Since drugs are legal, there is no way to control the way people use it, therefore, certain problems relating to physical health like overdose, seizure, deformities in babies cannot be avoided. In addition to this, the mental health of people is at stake. For instance, drug users will become even more dependent on drugs that in turn affect the way they think. Due to this, criminal activities will be a common scenario for people who are having hallucinations and mental breakdown.

On the other hand, legalizing drugs can benefit some people to some extent. It can save people’s time, money and effort trying to get to see a doctor from time to time even for small health problems. For example, a minor headache can be helped by taking over the counter medicines as it is allowed. This way, the patient will save avoid long queue in the hospitals and use their money for some priorities. Illegal drugs can be helpful when taken in fair amount so buying these over the counter or planting cannabis can give access to poor people’s health maintenance.

In conclusion, legalizing illegal drugs poses serious threat to people’s social and mental health when taken beyond the requirement although at some point it can save other people’s lives therefore important measures are necessary to keep the usage within the limit.

IELTS Writing Academic Task 1- Sample Essay

Here is a sample essay submitted for correction.

The diagram illustrates the procedures and materials used in making matches.

Overall, a large piece of log was being processed into several stages before a match can be formed until it is packed for packaging.

Initially, logs are peeled through the veneer and they are chopped into layers to pass through the ammonium phosphate tank. The sticks are being dried after saturation.  Then, it passes through the hopper to filter any residues with the use of a blowing machine. Additionally, once it has been filtered, it will take another process for storage that went through the metal duct.  Then after, it is placed in the inserter to attach thin layers of wood in the perforated steel belt. When it has been inserted, tips of the matchsticks are dipped to pass through chemical treatment in different tanks such as paraffin wax, based and tip chemicals. After this process, it will be delivered for drying to percolate any water based chemicals. Lastly, the matches that underwent several process will be packed in the packaging area.

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How Successful People Think – John C. Maxwell


Hey everyone,

It had been a busy week and so better late than never, l’m sharing the newest book in my shelf which I just finished reading. The reason why I love this brilliant book is credited to its meaningful content, at least to me who is experiencing the things about how beneficial thinking can be to leaders. As a manager of a small and a start up company, I never thought that I was doing the right thing about thinking. I started managing from scratch and whatever the company has now is definitely a product of our team effort and creativity. This book confirms that what we were doing then and now is right and our continuous improvement is credited to our clients’ criticisms not praises.

It gives me more confidence than ever to proceed with what I have envisioned. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it!

I love how the author eloquently describes his ideas that is so easy to understand, connects to reality, and helps for self-assessment, a good follow through.

This book is a must read for all leaders, managers, educators and traders if you wanna equip yourselves with a vision that anything great and successful started with a simple thought, selected, implemented and enacted, then, this one’s for you!


If I only have the chance to meet the author of this book, I would not hesitate inviting him to talk to us SMALL people who think BIG. His book inspires, so his speech I’m pretty sure.

HAPPY READING, I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did!:)

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Essay: UK School Spending in 1981, 1991 & 2001

The three pie charts below show the changes in annual spending by a particular UK school in 1981, 1991 and 2001.

The pie charts illustrate changes in a UK’s school expenditure further categorized into teachers’ salaries, furniture and equipment, resources, insurance and other workers’ salaries in 3 particular years mainly 1981, 1991 and 2001.

Overall, the school’s expenditure vary with each year given with a noticeable huge expense on teachers’ salaries that is common to all. While the expenditure on insurance steadily increased in the particular years, the opposite happened to the expenditure on other workers’ salaries.

Teachers’ salaries occupied the highest percentage of expenses recorded particularly in the year 1991 with 50% followed 45% in the year 2001 and the least in 1981. Other teachers’ salaries came next in the overall expenditure of a school in a decreasing trend from 28% in 1981 down to 22% in 1991 and lastly 15% in 2001 while insurance occupied the least percentage of expenditure among the four categories in an increasing manner with only 2% in 1981, 3 % in 1991 and 8% in 2001.

Word count : 160 words

IELTS Writing Task 2 : Countries with a long average working time are more economically successful than those countries which do not have a long working time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

It is said that nations with longer schedules of work are geared towards having more success in terms of economy compared to countries which have shorter working hours. I think that working longer than normal gives people a lot of opportunities to invite financial gains and comfortable lifestyle however I also believe that at some point it can also deplete an individual’s capacity to become more productive in the society.

Working longer than usual provides an avenue for a person to have better income. Some work longer due to additional pay given by employers for some extra jobs beyond the normal routine. In addition, spending a lot of time at work will also pave way for the person to be recognized by the company which can be shown through monetary rewards. Thus, the individual becomes more productive member of the society solely be becoming a tax payer.

Spending much time at work in many countries also is a sign of having a good economic standing. The workers who are actively participating in company related activities have been trained to become independent, actively seeking more ways to improve themselves for their own benefit. For instance, a person who is motivated to do things beyond what is assigned will be reaping more rewards like promotion or cash incentive. These sort benefits help the individual’s financial status enabling a better lifestyle through acquiring properties like a comfortable home,  luxurious cars or health insurance that cuts a big bulk on the cost of living.

Although working longer can give a person a good income and comfortable lifestyle, it can also deplete the worker’s energy which can affect the work performance and lessen productivity and efficacy. In effect, the persons poor financial status hinders the capacity of paying dues to the government.

In conclusion, working longer has both its benefits and consequences to the workers of a country. If there is balance between the two, economic success is not hard to attain for the country and the citizen.

Why Men Love Bitches – A book on women and relationship

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl―A Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship

Hey guys, so here is my next read book from the shelf. I got this book from Fully Booked Store at Glorietta Center, Makati. It’s a book I got that captivated the first time I saw it, probably due to its attractive title that took me a second guess of what the word “bitches” mean. I started reading the first few pages and didn’t go out without it.

There are many ways this book has caught my attention.

First, the attractive title and cover page got me to glance the book first as it’s simple yet full of life. The emphasis is given to one distinct word while the white background added simplicity to the appearance making it more interesting to see something full of mystery that you want to unveil. Second, the author Sherry Argov’s description of the principles were simple yet direct at each point she wanted to highlight to the reader. Lastly, she is an amazing author whose words can captivate someone looking for an answer with her easy to read and understand words. Her book vocabulary is friendly even to non-native English speakers that I have even recommended to some of my fellow Asian friends and students.

Her book reflects the modern kind of woman whose sex appeal is emanating from her confidence and contentment without the need to compete with other women, a woman who knows what she wants and goes after her dreams ending up having a man helping her . I love the woman or the bitch defined in this book!

For women looking to understand what to do to be challenging and attractive to their partners, don’t miss this out.

For the bonus part, you can grab your e-book copy or hard copy if you like to hold the book like me from Amazon, the easiest way to get it hassle free!. And believe me, its worth your penny 🙂

It’s Not How Good You Are But How Good You Want To Become

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be: The world’s best selling book

I had this book as a present from someone very special so I love it and the bonus is I truly love what is inside. It took me a while to finish reading the as I kept reading back and never get tired of doing it as it is truly inspirational.

For a newbie in business like me, this book is like a bible. It gave me a good perception of making a mistake and learning from it and turning those mistakes into an opportunity. It s true indeed ” THE PERSON WHO DOESN’T MAKE MISTAKES IS UNLIKELY TO MAKE ANYTHING” Very simple in its approach yet full of amazing realizations, at least to the changes it made on the way I look at things. I hope this book will inspire you the same way it did to me to reach your goals farther than what you think you are capable of.

This book is best for:

  1. Lady entrepreneurs -to realize that success is not all about being strong, but about creativity and persistence, believe me, we all have that! 🙂
  2. Sales person – every turn down has its own opportunity, what others might perceive as incompetent might be looked at by others in a different way. Try a different way of presenting your product.
  3. Educators- so you can practice what you preach and that is even sweeter 🙂
  4. Managers – Hiring and firing have both its benefits to your employees, just a matter of mindset you have instilled to your workers.
  5. Students – so just you know that even if you did not make it in high school, that doesn’t mean you can never make it anymore. It’s time to put on a show and get ahead.

A bonus is, you can read this book HERE. Or if you prefer to have it as a present to someone you think needs it, you can grab one from Amazon for a fair price. See how you go.