IELTS Direct Question Essay Sample 2 - Family and Children

In this post, we will look at a direct question essay example from the IELTS writing task 2 test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the topics are. There are so many questions written each year, you may find your practice answering various questions on different topics. For example, you could write essays to answer questions about education or the environment, which benefits you because you learn vocabulary associated with those topics and develop ideas that can help you in your writing test.

Practising writing IELTS task 2 essays on a range of topics is a great way to learn new vocabulary for those topics, but also to practice your essay structures. You begin to develop your ideas around those topics, thinking of examples and giving your opinions.

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Take a look at the IELTS essay example below >>

Mothers and fathers have various demands on their sons and daughters in order to be successful in life. I believe that this is a negative thing because it may expose their children to depression. Firstly, this essay will discuss the detrimental effects of pressuring kids and secondly, the possible good outcome of this practice.

On the one hand, all parents want the best for their children. This can sometimes affect a child in a negative way because with lots of pressure, they can perform badly in school and become easily upset. Children who encounter severe pressure can become introverted, depressed or have increased anxiety, which may lead them to behave badly or to think of failure as a terrible thing. For example, an article from Mental Health magazine in 2016 reported that 90% of children who are pressured by parents regularly become introverted and develop anxiety disorders.

On the other hand, there are some positive aspects of subjecting kids to minimal pressure. This can give them good study ethics that they can practice throughout their school years, motivating them to do well. In addition, being able to work under pressure is also a good thing because the child can use this in order to survive the pressure of a demanding working environment when they are adults, which can make them more efficient and effective employees. For instance, Jobstreet Philippines in 2016 reported that 96% of employers would choose employees who can work under pressure.

In my opinion, I believe that parents should not put so much pressure on their children. Parents should offer support and understanding when dealing with their child's efforts in school or in extracurricular activities. Many children are taught by their parents that one can learn from one's mistakes, with a way of looking at how to improve in the future. For example, Parenting Magazine reported in 2017 than 80% of children who were guided by their parents to look at failure on exams as a way of learning, promoted increased exam results after a period of 6 months. 

In conclusion, parents should support their children at all times, applying minimal pressure if necessary but so that the child is comfortable and if a failure occurs, see it as a learning tool to help them improve on future endeavours. 

(Word count - 382 / Band score 8)


  • Task Achievement - The essay provides an answer to the question asked, supported by relevant examples.
  • Coherence and Cohesion - The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs and each main body paragraph only has one main idea. There are cohesive links between the main body paragraphs.
  • Lexical Resource - There is evidence of a wide range of vocabulary, with no errors in the text.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy - The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences have a wide range of structures. 

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