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June 13, 2012
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Hi everyone, this is an essay I would submit in my class and actually, it's not a kind of IELTS test. That's why you may see that my essay is much longer than 250 words. Btw, I need some comment about the structure, vocabulary and ideas. Thank you!

Topic: Good parenting has many positive effects

A matter of considerable social issue at present is the serious degradation in ethic of teenagers owing to the lack of parents’ care. Actually, parents play an important role in the growth sequence of their children. It is also claimed that children behavior depend mostly on the way their families nurture them. This essay will discuss about some positive effects that good parenting may offer.

To begin with, children will treat others with respect if they are educated well. According to the scientific researches, children often follow their parents’ behavior. Imitating is a fundamental process during the growth of a baby; and bad habit of parent may prompt him/her to act adversely as well. As a result, the personal characteristics are shaped at the very early age. Good behavior and polite way of communicating with others stem from how a person was taught by his/her family. In brief, the more people are educated, the more respect they may show.

Another important influence of good parenting is that it promotes the academic success of students. After leaving the kindergarten, children approach an entirely new environment, the primary school. They must change the habit of playing to an uncomfortable one, which is the responsibility for studying well. At this very first stage, children integrate the studying method from the elder members in their family, which really affects their results in the long future. On the other hand, good nurturing raises the children’s confidence. All of these would result in an excellent academic result.

Last but not least, children would be healthier on account of parents’ concern. The diet of children is mostly prepared by other family members. The way parent control various nutritious elements forms the children’s habit, which can hardly be changed. If they get familiar with a balanced diet, they may enjoy a healthy life in the future. Besides, good parent would explain to their children the large importance of physical exercises and encourage them to do these beneficial things. In summary, nurturing method has a great influence on the children’s witness.

In conclusion, good parenting creates a tremendous impact on the behavior, studying result and good health of a child. During the early age, children cannot take care of themselves and they demand great caution from their family. As a result, each parent should bear in minds their magnitude and educate their children methodologically.

June 13, 2012
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Hi Ngo Duy Quang

Thanks for explaining about this essay. Now we know it’s not for IELTS we can relax and look at other issues apart from word length or layout.

In paragraph 1, I would remove the tired “matter of considerable social issue.” You can see more examples of tired old phrases and generic sentences here and here. Try to avoid using these phrases! Not every issue is “fiercely debated” or a “hot social topic.”  How often have you discussed teenage behavior with your friends?

I would also remove “it is also claimed that” and I would remove the entire sentence “Actually, parents play an important role in the growth sequence of their children” since it’s so obvious that even an IELTS examiner would know it everyone knows it.

Here’s one possible rewrite for your intro

Today we hear a lot about teenage crime or juvenile delinquency. Why is it that some young people misbehave? I believe it is because of good parenting and the way families raise their children. This essay will discuss some of the many positive effects of good parenting.

Word Choice/Word Form/Usage

  • According to the scientific researches → According to scientific research
     
  • All of these would result in an excellent academic result → All of these would contribute to excellent academic results.  (avoid the repetition of result)
     
  • nurturing method has a great influence on the children’s witness. → nurturing method has a great influence on the children’s character.
     
  • good parenting creates a tremendous impact on the behavior, studying result and good health of a child. → good parenting creates a tremendous impact on the behavior, academic performance, and good health of a child.
     
  • each parent should bear in minds the importance of teaching their children well
     
  • the more people are educated, the more respect they may show. → the more educated people are, the more respectful they are.

Articles/Plurals

  • Good behavior and polite way of communicating with others stem from how a person was taught → Good behavior and a polite way of communicating with others stem from how a person was taught
     
  • children would be healthier on account of parents’ concern  → children would be healthier on account of their parents’ concern.
     
  • The way parent control various nutritious elements forms the children’s habit, which can hardly be changed →The importance parents place on healthy food helps form good eating habits in their children.

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On the other hand, good nurturing raises the children’s confidence. All of these would result in an excellent academic result.

“On the other hand” is not correct here – you should change it to something like “in addition” or “furthermore.”

Overall, I'm happy with this essay in terms of layout and ideas. The idea are clearly supported and the layout is appropriate.

June 14, 2012
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Hi writefix,

Thanks for your comment. However, I still have something to ask you

In paragraph 1, I would remove the tired “matter of considerable social issue.” You can see more examples of tired old phrases and generic sentences here and here.

Actually, this phrase I learned from the book "Successful Writing Proficiency" by Virginia Evans. Do you know that book and do you think the phrases in that book are too old for using?

June 15, 2012
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Hi Ngo Duy Quang!

No, I hadn't heard of that book, but I found it on Scribd!

Yes, the book has many good features and lots of good advice. But for example on page 54, it's simply not correct to say that one style is good and one is bad. There is no reason why you could not get a very high grade in IELTS by writing in the style she describes as 'bad.'

And there's a very real danger that if every one follows her advice and starts their essay by saying that "X is a highly controversial issue" that IELTS examiners worldwide will immediately run screaming to the nearest bridge and jump off.

It's marvellous that students understand these phrases. It's amazing that they are able to use them more or less correctly in essays. But it doesn't mean that all essays have to be written like this, or that this particular style is the only way to express yourself in written English, or that it's 'better' or 'more correct.'

I admire what you have done and the work you are putting in. But the suggestions in Virginia Evan's book are suggestions and crutches, and you can dispense with them after you have learned them. You don't need to use them forever!  Some of the phrases in the essays are great, and some are tired. Which ones? It's hard to say -  the language is constantly changing. I'd say go ahead and use them, but don't over-rely on them. And don't feel you MUST insert them into your IELTS essays. If you have a simple, correct phrase of your own that does the same job - use it!

June 15, 2012
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Thanks for your advice!

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