TOP IELTS ESSAY TIPS IELTS EXAM. Based on working with students and seeing what they struggle with most, here are the top 10 IELTS task 2 (essay) tips. Later I’ll be writing detailed posts on each of these, but for now you can use these as a reminder while practicing this weekend! ? 1. First step: read the essay question carefully and establish what the actual question is. Is it asking you.