TIP (3) ACADEMIC WRITTING TASK 1 Tips for table

Tips for table
Tables seem difficult when they contain a lot of numbers. Here’s some advice:
· Try to write 4 paragraphs – introduction, summary of main points, 2 detail paragraphs.
· Before you start writing, highlight some key numbers. Choose the biggest number in each category in the table (i.e. in each column and row). If the table shows years, look for the biggest changes in numbers over the time period. You could also mention the smallest numbers, but you can ignore ‘middle’ numbers (neither biggest nor smallest).
· For your summary paragraph, try to compare whole categories (columns or rows) rather than individual ‘cells’ in the table. If you can’t compare whole categories, compare the biggest and smallest number. Write 2 sentences for the summary.
· In your two ‘details’ paragraphs, never describe each category (column or row) separately. The examiner wants to see comparisons. Try to organise the numbers you highlighted into 2 groups – one for each paragraph (e.g. highest numbers for all
categories together, and lowest numbers together).
· Describe / compare the numbers you highlighted – include at least 3 numbers in each paragraph.
· Use the past simple for past years, and ‘will’ or ‘is expected/predicted to’ for future years. If no time is shown, use the present simple.

ACADEMIC WRITTING TASK 1 Tips for table

ACADEMIC WRITTING TASK 1 Tips for table

ACADEMIC WRITTING TASK 1 Tips for table

Tips for table

 

 

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