How to write a good essay: Paraphrasing the question

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  • Do you sometimes struggle to begin writing an essay when taking an exam? Good news! There is an important writing skill that will help you improve your essay introductions. This technique is called "paraphrasing", and it means rewriting something using different words. In this lesson, I will teach you how to paraphrase successfully and how to change essay questions into your own words. These skills are very useful for university and high school students, as well as any students writing English proficiency exams like the TOEFL or IELTS.
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    Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's video I'm going to teach you something very important for if you're taking any type of test that has a writing component. So, if you are taking the IELTS, the TOEFL, the CELPIP, even just a university test, it can be any type of test, but if you're asked to write something like an essay or a paragraph, this video is for you. Okay? So I'm going to teach you a very important skill that will help improve your marks when it comes to writing on tests. So, let's get started.

    So, I have here an essay question. This question is actually... I've seen it on the IELTS. You know, you have similar types of questions on the TOEFL, sometimes in university. The question is this: "Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country. Do you agree or disagree?" Or maybe: "To what extent do you agree or disagree?" So, this is an example of a question you might be asked.

    Now, a problem a lot of students have is in their answer to this question. They see this, and they think: "Okay, education is the most important factor in the development of a country, yes, I agree." So then they... Or: "I disagree", and they start writing. And what do they write? Usually the very first thing students will write is this: "I agree that education is the single most important factor in the development of a country because..." So, what is the problem with this? Is there any problem to start off your essay with something like this, or to start off your answer? There's a big problem. So I want you to take a moment and think: "What could be the problem with starting your essay off with this sentence?" Okay, well, if you noticed, you have here the word: "education, education, is, is, the single most important, most important factor". If you notice, these are the same. They're the exact same, except for: "I agree that" and "because". The student, here, has used the exact same wording that is in the question. So, if you do this on the IELTS-and many students do this, same with on the TOEFL-you actually will lose marks, and same with in university, because you're not showing your abilities; you're just copying what somebody else has said or what the essay question is.

    So, in this video, I'm going to show you first off... First off, I'm going to tell you: Don't do this, don't copy. And I'm going to teach you ways in order to improve yourself and your answer by changing this wording. How can you change your introduction so it's different than what the question is? Okay? So, let's look at how to make these changes.

    Okay, so what we are going to do in order to change the question into a proper answer that doesn't just copy the question, is we are going to paraphrase. So, the word here is: "paraphrase". This might be a new word for you. What does it mean to paraphrase something? Well, when we paraphrase, it means we take a sentence that, you know... We take somebody else's sentence and we change it into our own words. Okay? So, we change the words of a sentence, we also change maybe the sentence structure, but we keep all the same meaning. Okay? So, the meaning from the sentence you copy, it stays the same, same meaning, but different words and different sentence structure. Okay? So it's in your words, but this other person's meaning.

    So, we are going to paraphrase this example of a question into our own words. So, first we're going to look at how to do that using vocabulary and synonyms. So, we have here the same question: "Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country." How can we put this into new words or our own words that keep the same meaning? Well, we can use synonyms. So, this might be a new word for you, too. A "synonym". "Synonyms" are words that have the same meaning, but are different words.
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Comments: 769

  • Tuấn Nguyễn
    Tuấn Nguyễn 1 day ago

    So pretty and sweet, teacher! <3

  • ajay jassal
    ajay jassal 1 day ago


  • divyansh gaur
    divyansh gaur 2 days ago

    Can you make a video on précis writing?

  • Manel Manoula
    Manel Manoula 2 days ago


  • Harry Sookraj
    Harry Sookraj 2 days ago

    I have a question, i am doing a science ESSAY would it matter if i had to follow the steps of a english essay

  • Fariz Safarov
    Fariz Safarov 2 days ago

    Emma,you are the best teacher. ...

  • Stephen Gulumba
    Stephen Gulumba 3 days ago

    Thanks very very much Emma! This is great aid!! You are wonderful!

  • Marlon Pabon
    Marlon Pabon 3 days ago

    It's a really good video

  • MultiCarlito007
    MultiCarlito007 3 days ago

    spells easy lol

  • one two Three
    one two Three 3 days ago

  • daniel mason
    daniel mason 4 days ago

    cool paraphrasing means changing words around huh

  • daniel mason
    daniel mason 4 days ago


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    Loldude 5 days ago


  • Baasanjav Moonon
    Baasanjav Moonon 5 days ago


  • Tim Davis
    Tim Davis 5 days ago

    ged testing

  • Abidur Rahman
    Abidur Rahman 5 days ago

    It definitely sounds better when you paraphrase the question, but for fucks sake complaining about someone answering your question seems really fucking stupid.

  • Dinesh Kumar Mehta
    Dinesh Kumar Mehta 6 days ago

    This is very interesting I like writing

  • Elton Fernandes
    Elton Fernandes 6 days ago


  • Kazee Flash
    Kazee Flash 6 days ago

    Who else is here because they have an essay due tomorrow

  • sara algarmouzi
    sara algarmouzi 6 days ago

    thank you. It was very helpful.

  • Mimicha Girl
    Mimicha Girl 7 days ago

    very useful , thx شكرا^^

  • Rômulo Cenci
    Rômulo Cenci 7 days ago

    I think all languages have that pattern

  • nesru kemal
    nesru kemal 7 days ago

    It is very helpful. Thank you very much.

  • Annie Quispe
    Annie Quispe 7 days ago

    I love your classes Emma....I like ENGVID. I had a lot fun with this video.

  • Didar didar khan
    Didar didar khan 7 days ago

    Emma, awesome

  • Cletus Paluku
    Cletus Paluku 7 days ago

    pretty wonderful teacher, be blessed

  • Gabe
    Gabe 7 days ago

    Can u just write my essay

  • bilal aslam
    bilal aslam 8 days ago


  • Messed-up Kid
    Messed-up Kid 8 days ago

    I am so distracted by your beauty... 😌

  • emeka philip
    emeka philip 8 days ago

    Thanks dude nice one

  • Eleighia Edgin
    Eleighia Edgin 10 days ago

    I was taught not to write things like "I think" or "In my opinion."

    MEHMET ALİ BAYKARA 11 days ago

    She is a great teacher

  • Alexsandria issabella

    love you Emma❤❤❤

  • qusai qasem
    qusai qasem 12 days ago

    Thanks a lot. This was really useful and right to the point!

  • Prabhjot Singh
    Prabhjot Singh 12 days ago

    When I used Concession, my teacher said that why would you mention any other aspect when you are provided with the topic you want to concentrate on!

    She said that it will result in the deduction of marks cause you are deviating from the topic in the first line of a paragraph.
    What can you say about this?

  • mukesh khadga
    mukesh khadga 12 days ago

    I really like u Emma. your tips are more helpful to score higher band score

  • Anthony Cicero
    Anthony Cicero 12 days ago

    I like the videos it shows you can do to get your ged EXCELLENT #6********** thank you

  • samer majde
    samer majde 12 days ago

    Thank you for helping me so much^_^

  • Aadil Rasheed
    Aadil Rasheed 13 days ago

    Emma u r so pretty and sweet, so helpful love u!!

  • Excuse Me
    Excuse Me 13 days ago

    you are great.......... yours lectures

  • kallepally sai kumar

    thanks mam your video helped me thank you

  • Hajer Ajili
    Hajer Ajili 13 days ago

    Thank you so much, it's really helpful

  • Tayyab Ali
    Tayyab Ali 13 days ago

    Can we write it as "Literacy can plays a crucial role in advancement of a country."
    is it correct or has it lost the meaning ?

  • Nurul Ansari
    Nurul Ansari 13 days ago

    I'm very bad in essay writing or answer writing, I know things but cannot able to write it all, how can I overcome this trouble?

  • Nurul Ansari
    Nurul Ansari 13 days ago

    What's your nationality ma'am??
    I think you're British.
    Anyway, you're videos are very helpful. Thank you.

  • Heng Zhang
    Heng Zhang 13 days ago

    Not just copy, change words, change structure,or concession! Easy to do understand and practice!

  • bethel bekee
    bethel bekee 14 days ago

    you're an incredible teacher

  • Nand kumar garg
    Nand kumar garg 14 days ago

    but u forgot it that u are teaching us essay writing

  • Nand kumar garg
    Nand kumar garg 14 days ago

    nice, helpful and... many more

  • Ly Camyla
    Ly Camyla 15 days ago

    so only that paragraph is the answer? how about expressing why?

  • sabina mumtaz
    sabina mumtaz 16 days ago

    awesome way of explaining

    560,567,893 views 16 days ago

    there is a site where tutors can help you to write your essay

  • Fahad Mama
    Fahad Mama 16 days ago

    Would you mind doing a video on ielts writing task 2 ?

  • Amandeep Rai
    Amandeep Rai 18 days ago


  • MC FlatoN
    MC FlatoN 18 days ago

    I have Writing exam tomorrow.
    only 2 hours and I have to write 2 Essays
    and other technics Question

  • Mamadou Kor Ndour
    Mamadou Kor Ndour 18 days ago

    that's great -too helpful

  • Shoukat Bukhari
    Shoukat Bukhari 18 days ago

    Emma !!! Your way of teaching is too Good ... You provide me a better way to attempt any type of essay... Now it is easy for me to attempt an essay.

  • Yujin
    Yujin 21 day ago

    Thank you!! I'm a fool non-native speaker student, so writnig essay is so hardful.but i can get some tips for my essay with your video!

  • chi tran
    chi tran 21 day ago

    many thanks, there are some new things that i can learn by heart

  • jot singh
    jot singh 21 day ago

    i like the way you explain us

  • Jamlessmin
    Jamlessmin 21 day ago

    thanks this helped like namjoon's 1 minute english lesson

  • amol more
    amol more 23 days ago

    thanks madam..
    I understand how to change structure of question. .please suggest me how to improve grammer? which book I refer to improve grammer

  • Ruy
    Ruy 23 days ago

    you speak so clearly I can understand you 90% but when I watch some American movie I can only understand 30% or less

    GREGORY BROWER 23 days ago

    your videos are so helpful!!! i passed my exam

  • Minz Muffin
    Minz Muffin 24 days ago

    imma fuck up the test tomorrow.

  • Serina Samuels
    Serina Samuels 25 days ago

    it really help me alot

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    Blondale Rich 25 days ago


  • Nandita Sen
    Nandita Sen 25 days ago

    I wouldn't use the word "schooling" to replace "education". Education is not all about going to school. I think we need to use a replacement that would encapsulate the learning that takes place both at school as well as at university. I don't think there is a better word to replace education, so I would stick to that.

  • Maya Ellen Jade
    Maya Ellen Jade 26 days ago

    My english teacher spends three lessons trying to teach this and nothing makes sense. 15 minutes is all it took for me to understand.... thankyou!

  • Sara Aboelhamd
    Sara Aboelhamd 26 days ago

    thank ya😍😍

  • MrGetfresh35
    MrGetfresh35 28 days ago

    I like how she ends her phrases with 'ok?..' like the teacher from southpark

  • Waqar Ali
    Waqar Ali 28 days ago

    nice lecture

  • Gurinder  Bhatti
    Gurinder Bhatti 28 days ago

    thanks it's helpful

  • Stephen16355
    Stephen16355 29 days ago

    1 comment like = 1 support to the teachers in each vid

  • Stephen16355
    Stephen16355 29 days ago

    Hey guys why don't we help them get 1,000,000 subscribers cause I think that would be kind :3 (By the way Emma you should be a teacher in a advanced school)

  • Настя Иванова

    thank you so much!!!!))

  • Kauan Court
    Kauan Court 1 month ago

    It's amazing how I can understand the whole video, but I can't speak English as easily as...

  • it's geeta
    it's geeta 1 month ago

    Thanks a lot Emma
    your video is very helpful
    keep going 👍

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    Salih Omer 1 month ago


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    Zo Zo 1 month ago

    what amazing teacher , where I was of all these wonderful lessons and she's so beautiful.

  • Dhaval Deshmukh
    Dhaval Deshmukh 1 month ago

    excellent tricks for improving scores..
    how can someone be so intelligent and smart

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    King Of The North 1 month ago

    Beautiful indeed, you earned a sub 🍆

  • Phuttara June
    Phuttara June 1 month ago

    Hi from Thailand.Thank you very much Emma. I am your new student. ^_^

  • masoud karimi
    masoud karimi 1 month ago

    it was very helpfull

  • احمد الزهراني

    Good jube

  • Sinqo_ M
    Sinqo_ M 1 month ago

    Thank you

  • rattana ngamying
    rattana ngamying 1 month ago

    Thank you very much. Your tech help improve my English writing very much.

  • ULA ulakhan
    ULA ulakhan 1 month ago

    are their professionals who can look at my personal essay and give opinion ? please

  • DJ SkellexX
    DJ SkellexX 1 month ago

    You saved my life! English is my worst subject but I became better by watching your videos

  • Jonny Jeon
    Jonny Jeon 1 month ago

    I like Emma !!!! nice voice

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    She looks goofy af.

  • Bijan Biswas
    Bijan Biswas 1 month ago

    Wonderful presentation !!!!

  • Osarenren Idumwonyi
    Osarenren Idumwonyi 1 month ago

    is "knowledge acquisition" synonymous to "education"?

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    You don't have to stand in the middle of the screen use the RULE OF THIRDS.

  • Ta Nguyen
    Ta Nguyen 1 month ago

    Do y write any book?

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