IELTS Discussion Essay Sample 6 - Free Time

In this post, we will look at a discussion 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 >>

Many people consider organizing events wisely during their extra time while some think otherwise. This essay believes that planning activities tend to be more successful versus unplanned ones. Firstly, this essay will discuss why people would allow time in planning an event and secondly, the reasons behind acting spontaneously.

On the one hand, planning is essential for any activity. Many people would want to plan their vacations because it requires time and budget in order to make it successful. There are a lot of activities available, which one can enjoy during our free time but we need to consider our working schedules, therefore we need to plan ahead of time. For instance, an article by the Travel Tours Magazine in the Philippines in 2015 reported that you could save as much as 45% off all vacation expenses if you schedule and plan your vacation trips ahead of time.

On the other hand, there is quite a number of people who enjoy being spontaneous. The enjoyment of living in the moment without thinking about anything is appealing to many. Sometimes planned activities get cancelled because of problems that may arise along the way and this is the reason why someone would take the chance and do things without any hesitations. For example, a survey by the University of the Philippines in 2015 revealed that 89% of the student correspondents would choose to experience an unplanned vacation rather than a planned one for they believe that it's more exciting and less stressful.

In my opinion, I believe that to plan an activity is crucial to making an event successful. We need to consider the availability of the persons involved as well as the amount of money needed. This practice can also save money on the prices, as they are a lot cheaper if there is more time provided for the supplier to produce their products or services. For instance, a report by the Philippines Airlines in 2016 showed that airline tickets were 25% cheaper if you bought 6 months before your flight.

In conclusion, planning provides benefits. We should plan ahead because it can give us enough time to think of other strategies if our plan encounters problems.

(Word count - 366 / 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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