IELTS Direct Question Essay Sample 4 - Education

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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Certain individuals believe that children should be educated at home from an early age whereas others consider enrolling them into a pre-school. In my view, I think that small children should attend a daycare centre. Firstly this essay will discuss the main benefit of being homeschooled and secondly, discuss the value of children attending a preschool.

On the one hand, homeschooling is an option for parents to introduce education to their sons and daughters at an early age. This is done in the convenience of their own home thus can save time, energy and money that is often used when attending a normal school setting. In addition, this practice can be very effective because the attention is focused on one individual or a small group if they have siblings. This can allow the parents to teach a wide range of subjects to their child, which may be more advanced than the preschool program. For example, DEPED in the Philippines in 2017 reported that 89% of parents in the survey would choose to homeschool their children.

On the other hand, a child is like a sponge at an early age, they easily absorb information and enrolling them into a pre-school can help them to learn, not only the basics but how to form social relationships. Exposing them to other children the same age can teach them how to mingle and how to form bonds. Pre-school teaches them not only how to read or write the alphabet but how to have a routine, which can teach them to become responsible.  For instance, the BBC news reported in 2016 that pre-school children in the UK learn everyday tasks, like cleaning up after themselves, how to tie shoelaces and social manners.

In my opinion, I believe that although home schooling is effective I still consider pre-school to be more beneficial. This practice can expose the children to other children, which is an important part of their development as humans. Furthermore, it also teaches them the value of responsibility which is a great foundation for moulding them into a responsible human being. For instance, an article in Family Matters magazine in 2016 reported that children who underwent pre schooling were more focused and were eager to learn new skills versus children who were home schooled.

In conclusion, even though homeschooling can have benefits, it is far greater for children to attend preschool, so they can interact with their peers and learn how to have a daily routine.

(Word count - 412 / 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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