IELTS Writing Practice 9

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

Stress is now a major problem in many countries around the world. What are some of the factors in modern society that cause stress, and how can we reduce it?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Question

Stress is now a major problem in many countries around the world. What are some of the factors in modern society that cause stress, and how can we reduce it?

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Model Essay
Stress is now a major problem in many countries around the world. What are some of the factors in modern society that cause stress, and how can we reduce it?

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Nowadays, stress has become an increasingly prevalent issue for many people worldwide.  While the modern work environment is principally to blame, solutions lie in how individuals work and exercise every day.

For the majority of people, the principle causes of stress are most likely related to the workplace, specifically the work environment.  Working in an office with florescent lights, in front of a computer for up to ten hours per day can increase eye strain resulting in headaches and irritability.  Studies in Germany show that office workers were three times more likely to report stress-related issues than those who worked at home. Furthermore, employees often face constant stress from managers at work.  The growing complexity of jobs and rising work standards leads to long hours under pressure.  Such pressure typically causes stress-related health issues such as heart disease, sleep deprivation, diabetes and hypertension to name a few.

There are several solutions available to workers.  First, companies could design more open-plan workspaces with more natural light.  This would not only increase employee productivity but also individual well-being too.  Secondly, offering flexible work hours would allow staff to avoid rush hour traffic, and better manage their work-social life.  This would particularly ease the lives of those with families.  Finally, with regard to health, having a gym at the office for staff to exercise would boost mood, fitness and lead to better sleep which ultimately aids in being able to handle everyday stress better.

Although workplace conditions may be to blame for everyday stress, companies can do much to improve the lives of their employees through better lighting, flexible work time and exercise programs.  By focusing on their staff rather than their bottom line, corporations will boost profits as well as the lives of their workers.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

There are several solution available to workers.  Companies can design more open-plan workspaces with more natural light, This would increase employee productivity. It would increase individual well-being too.  Offering flexible work hour would allow staff avoid rush hour traffic, and better managing their work-social life. This will particularly ease the lives of those with families.  With regard health, having gym at the office for staff to exercise would boost mood, fitness and lead to better sleep which ultimately aid in being able to handle everyday stress better.

Although workplace conditions may be to blame for everyday stress, companies can do much to improving the lives of their employees through better lighting, flexible work time and exercising programs.  Corporations should focusing on there staff rather than there bottom line. Corporations will boost profit as well as the lives of their workers.

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Step 1: Planning
Stress is now a major problem in many countries around the world. What are some of the factors in modern society that cause stress, and how can we reduce it?

Type: Cause and Solution

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many sides do you need to consider?  

The question is about a worldwide problem of stress.  There is only one question, but both the causes and solutions to resolve stress need to be discussed.

Plan:

  1. Analyse the question.
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use and think of two supporting details for each
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing.

Thesis

Modern work place, how people work, exercise

Causes

Related to the workplace

  • Florescent lights – eye strain, causes headaches
  • Study – office workers 3x more stress at work

Pressure from managers

  • Complex jobs, rising work hours
  • Heart disease, lack of sleep, diabetes and so on

Solutions

More open workplaces

  • More natural light
  • Increase worker productivity, well-being

Flexible work hours

  • Avoid heavy traffic,  handle work-social life
  • Easier if have a family

Have an office gym

  • Boost mood, fitness, sleep
  • Manage stress better
Step 2: Write the essay

Nowadays, stress has become an increasingly prevalent issue for many people worldwide.  While the modern work environment is principally to blame, solutions lie in how individuals work and exercise every day.

For the majority of people, the principle causes of stress are most likely related to the workplace, specifically the work environment.  Working in an office with florescent lights, in front of a computer for up to ten hours per day can increase eye strain resulting in headaches and irritability.  Studies in Germany show that office workers were three times more likely to report stress-related issues than those who worked at home. Furthermore, employees often face constant stress from managers at work.  The growing complexity of jobs and rising work standards leads to long hours under pressure.  Such pressure typically causes stress-related health issues such as heart disease, sleep deprivation, diabetes and hypertension to name a few.

There are several solutions available to workers.  First, companies could design more open-plan workspaces with more natural light.  This would not only increase employee productivity but also individual well-being too.  Secondly, offering flexible work hours would allow staff to avoid rush hour traffic, and better manage their work-social life.  This would particularly ease the lives of those with families.  Finally, with regard to health, having a gym at the office for staff to exercise would boost mood, fitness and lead to better sleep which ultimately aids in being able to handle everyday stress better.

Although workplace conditions may be to blame for everyday stress, companies can do much to improve the lives of their employees through better lighting, flexible work time and exercise programs.  By focusing on their staff rather than their bottom line, corporations will boost profits as well as the lives of their workers.

 
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