Learn how to structure and respond to IELTS writing questions that ask you to give 𝐀𝐃𝐕𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐒 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐀𝐃𝐕𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐒 𝐎𝐏𝐈𝐍𝐈𝐎𝐍. This will increase your score for task response and cohesion and coherence. The following are included in this post:
- video explaining how to write this type of essay
- identifying a 𝐀𝐃𝐕𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐒 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐀𝐃𝐕𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐒 𝐎𝐏𝐈𝐍𝐈𝐎𝐍 essay
- the best way to structure the essay
- the best way to respond to the topic
- a model answer
- a homework activity
Sample task instructions
Due to advances in technology, working from home has become more popular.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of working from home and give your own opinion about it.
Responding to the Question
For this essay, I suggest you plan two advantages, two disadvantages, and for your opinion highlight that there are both merits and drawbacks and then state which side outweighs the other and why. The plan below is for the task instructions above.
ADVANTAGES: 1. increases productivity 2.saves time
DISADVANTAGES 1. decreases motivation 2. reduces communication
OPINION: 1. there are merits and drawbacks 2. merits > drawbacks
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Paragraph 2: merits
Paragraph 3: drawbacks
Paragraph 4: Conclusion = opinion
Home-based work is more prevalent due to developments in technology. This essay discusses the merits and drawbacks of this phenomenon and explains why I believe that the advantages are greater.
There are two main benefits of home-based work. First, working from one’s residence leads to higher productivity. This is because it eliminates the distractions that come with working in an office. For instance, when working from home, I do not get distracted by my co-workers stopping by my desk to ask me unnecessary questions. Furthermore, it saves time. This is due to not wasting time in traffic to go to an office.
However, there are also drawbacks to this. The most significant is that it can be difficult to be motivated. This is because no boss is monitoring employees. For example, when working from home I often waste a lot of time surfing the Internet because my boss cannot see me. Another limitation is communication between colleagues is more challenging. This is due to not meeting face-to-face and having to communicate online. This can lead to less effective communication and even misunderstanding of co-workers’ real intentions.
In conclusion, I believe there are merits and drawbacks of home-based work. However, overall, I think that the advantages of employees being more productive and avoiding the daily commute to the office outweigh the disadvantages of them sometimes lacking motivation and not being able to meet with their co-workers, in person as easily. Furthermore, I feel that motivation can be enhanced with appropriate scheduling and goal setting.
[the last sentence is for band 8 writers]
In some countries, some school leavers choose to work or travel for a year between finishing secondary school and attending university.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this and then give your opinion.
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