IELTS Writing Task One #7

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Finding it hard to remember important facts and figures? Improve your memory in 10 weeks with our Memory Course. Places are limited and the course is available for only a short time.

Apply in writing to:

You see the above advertisement for a course designed to help improve your memory. Write a letter to the organiser of the course. In the letter

  • give some background information about yourself
  • explain your own problems and why you would like to do the course
  • enquire about the methods used on the course
  • enquire about course fees and dates

You should write at least 150 words. You do not need to write any addresses.

model answer:

Dear Sir or Madam

I am a student at Manchester University and I recently saw an advertisement for your course on improving memory. I am a mature student as I began working when I finished high school, then married and looked after three children. Having returned to studying after a break of ten years, I am finding it quite difficult to remember important facts from my course. I find that I have to concentrate very hard to memorise even small amounts of information. I have tried using acronyms to remind me of important facts, but I still find it rather difficult. I have heard about visualisation and association techniques, but I am not sure how to use these effectively and I would be very interested in learning other strategies.

I would be grateful if you could give me more detailed information about the methods that you use on the course as well as the cost and dates of your courses. As I am a full-time mother and a part-time student I do not have a great deal of free time, so I hope you can offer flexible hours.

I think I could benefit a great deal from your course and look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully

(208 words)