Learn how to structure and respond to IELTS writing questions that ask whether 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀. This will increase your score for task response and cohesion and coherence. The following are included in this post:
- A video explaining how to write this type of essay
- identifying an 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 question type
- the best way to structure the essay
- the best way to respond to the topic
- a model answer
- a homework activity
Identifying this Type of Question
Typical question words include:
Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Do you think the positives outweigh the negatives?
Sample task instructions
Currently, many people are working from home instead of going to an office.
Do you think the advantages of working from home outweigh the disadvantages?
Responding to the Question
I favour brainstorming two reasons for the site you support more strongly and one reason for the side you support less strongly. This way you have a mathematical outweigh and this helps justify your opinion. Below are some reasons to support my opinion that the merits outweigh the drawbacks for the sample task above:
- Saves time
- higher productivity
- communication is more difficult
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Paragraph 2: Support for opinion
Paragraph 3: Support for opinion
Paragraph 4: However, concession
Paragraph 5: Conclusion
Presently, a significant number of people are opting to work remotely from home rather than commuting to an office setting. I believe the merits of this surpass the drawbacks.
The main benefit of working from home is that it saves time. In particular, it eliminates the need for a daily commute to an office. For example, due to covid lockdowns, I am now working from home and I save over two hours per day by not having to commute to my office. This extra time can be used for other things, such as spending more time with family, exercising, or even taking on a new hobby.
Furthermore, working from one’s residence can also lead to higher productivity. This is because it eliminates the distractions that come with working in an office environment like noise, and colleagues interrupting. For example, since I started working from home, I no longer get interrupted by my co-workers chatting or stopping by my desk to ask me unnecessary questions.
However, a drawback is that it is harder to communicate with colleagues. 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. To illustrate, it can be difficult to know someone’s true feelings without seeing their body language.
In conclusion, I believe the benefits of working from home exceed the downsides. This is because the merits of being able to avoid the daily commute to the office and to be more focused on work surpass the difficulty of interacting with others. Furthermore, technology is emerging to assist with communicating more effectively from home such as videoconferencing and the metaverse.
[the last sentence is for band 8 writers and can be left out]
Some museums and art galleries charge admission fees, while others have free entry.
Do you think the advantages of free admission outweigh the disadvantages?
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