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9 MORE academic words that will help you score IELTS band 9!

Posted on February 20, 2014 by - 1 Comment

Several people reported to me that last week’s video was helpful, so I decided to pull together another video in the same spirit. Here are 9 more words that can help increase the academic tone of your speaking and writing:

Here are the words as they appear in the video:

1. on par

  • (S) “I’m diligent and I am not afraid of hard work. My grades last semester were on par with the best students in my program, so I feel it would be accurate to say I am motivated by success.”
  • (W) “After looking at both sides of this discussion, my personal sentiments are on par with the idea that strict parental control produces a more productive member of society.”

2. volatile

  • (S) “Because of the volatile nature of my work, I find it difficult to maintain hobbies. I tend to exercise when I can, but I wouldn’t say there is a regular pattern to it.”
  • (W T1) “The figures exhibit volatility between the years 1996 and 2000; however, a reversion to stability is seen in 2002.”
  • (W T2) “For example, the volatile nature of weather in Caribbean countries can make tourism industries unpredictable and, therefore, unreliable. For these countries, providing people with greater access to the Internet would empower workers and allow them to both educate themselves and develop online businesses in the services sector. Because a varied economy promotes stability, tourist dependent countries should clearly do what they can to establish other industries.”

3. plateau

  • (S) “When I first started studying English in Australia, my skills grew rapidly. However, after I returned to my home country, my language abilities unfortunately plateaued /hit a plateau. I attribute this to the fact that I did not have anyone to practice English with.”
  • (W T1) “Following rapid growth from 60 to 180 barrels in the first month of 2002, corn oil production hit a plateau of 200 barrels between February and April. In May, however, the trend once again reverts to climbing and reaches the highest point for the year, 275 barrels.”

4. pique

  • (S) “After visiting a science and technology museum as a child, my interest in computer programming was piqued.”
  • (W T2) “Firstly, technology can pique the interest of students in a way that encourages focus and information retention. For example, modern university lecture halls make it possible for classrooms in Canada to use music, video and the Internet as a means of maintaining the attention of students during class time.”

5. contrary

  •  (S) “Contrary to my personality, my sister is very outgoing and tends to make friends easily.”
  • (W) “On the contrary, several disadvantages stem from the use of technology in the classroom.”

6. parallel

  • (S) “My university experiences paralleled those of my brother.”
  • (S) “There are clear parallels between my university experiences and those of my brother.”
  • (W TI) “Firstly, several parallels exist between Harry Potter and other fantasy series you likely have enjoyed. If you liked the setting of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter will not disappoint you, as it takes place in a medieval world.”

7. embrace

  • (S) “I embraced the opportunity to study abroad.”
  • (W) “Thus, it is clear that students who embrace the study of another language are positioning themselves for future academic and professional opportunities.”

8. hinder

  • (S) “Distraction has definitely been a challenge for me. Being social, I feel, is a big part of the university experience. However, being too social can hinder a student’s ability to focus, and this can directly impact academic performance.”
  • (W) “Firstly, addressing corruption around the world can bring protection to the rights of the poor, and this helps better the economic situation of those in need. For example, corruption in China has historically hindered the development of a legal system able to protect the poor against extortion. However, recent anti-corruption campaigns have shed some light on this problem, and this has led to modest improvement in the rights of those that lack wealth.”

9. retain

  • (S) “Yes, I believe I will someday. I’ve travelled quite a bit, but I’ve always retained a feeling that I’d like to live in my home country long term.”
  • (W) “Firstly, if a single language is spoken and taught the world over, this could make it difficult for people to retain their cultural identity.”

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Some people contend that all young people should attend university after high school, while others maintain that this is not always the best option. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own experience where appropriate.

Some feel that all young people should attend university, while others point out this may not be a suitable path for everyone. I am of the latter view. I believe that career training in other areas may serve the interests of many young people far better than undergraduate studies.

On the one hand, there is convincing support for university education for all. Firstly, a liberal education encourages the broadening of the mind. For example, students of history, art and literature tend to be tolerant and thoughtful and fulfil useful service careers in teaching, journalism, public relations and politics. Encouraging everyone to enrol in university would also push people towards lucrative professional roles, such as those held by doctors and lawyers, positions that also bring great social prestige.

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Overall, it can be seen that although pursuing a university education has many merits, it may be more of a hindrance than a help to some people. In my own case, being very bad with my hands but quite handy with words, university was the right option for me. As this essay has shown, everyone is different and no one course in life fits all.

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The essay in this video was written by IELTS Examiner C. This question was seen recently in Sydney:

These days many people prefer to rent rather than buy their own house. Why is this this so? Discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of renting or buying, and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and examples from your personal experience where appropriate.

Here is the essay as it appears in the video:

In most major cities in the west, people are opting to rent a home instead of buy. This is mostly because house prices have increased dramatically while personal income has not, a trend that means mortgage repayments now account for a much larger share of income than in the past. Renters have more disposable income every week than buyers and this is a big attraction. However, in my opinion, this is a false economy and in the long run I believe that the advantages of buying a property greatly outweigh the short-term savings to be made by renting.

While it is certainly cheaper week-by-week to rent than pay a mortgage, the renter misses out on the large capital gains to be made when buying a home. When I took out my own mortgage on my two-bedroom apartment, my repayments on a $400,000 loan were about $600 a week, compared with $500 for rental value on a similar property. However, over the past three years my apartment has appreciated by more than $250,000, greatly outweighing the $15,000 I would have saved by renting. In addition to this, my mortgage payments secured an acquisition of property that will remain valuable for my family into the future. Financial growth of this sort is not possible through renting.

Renters do not only lose out on capital gains, they also lose in terms of security and peace of mind. The roof over their heads once their lease is over is always at the mercy of the landlord, who might at any time decide to sell the property. The landlord can also put up the rent when they feel the market warrants it. Further, unless the renter invests their savings judiciously, the money they save will be frittered on day-to-day life, leaving them very much poorer than the buyer once retirement looms.

In conclusion, while a first mortgage will cost more each week than renting, the advantages of buying, including capital appreciation and housing security, greatly outweigh the short-term savings to be made by renting.

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