IELTS Writing Task 2 – Fitness for Academic – Band 9

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IELTS Task 2 Writing

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Many people believe that physical fitness is essential for academic performance. How does exercise benefit school performance and what can people do to maintain a regular fitness routine? 

Give explanations and examples for your response. 

Write at least 250 words. 

STEP 1 – Paraphrase the question to make sure that you understand all parts of it, think about deeply, and gather useful vocabulary. 

A lot of individuals ascertain that a healthy body is vital for good learning. In what ways does physical activity assist school performance and how can people ensure to do this on a daily basis? 

Provide explanations and examples for this perspective. 

STEP 2 – Topic and Controlling Idea

Topic (What is this essay about) – the connection between fitness and academic performance

Controlling ideas – in what ways does fitness aid learning and how can it be maintained. 

STEP 3 – Apply critical thinking to the topic and controlling idea (ask what why and how about each?)

What is the connection between fitness and leaning?

A: both fitness and learning are directly related to brain and body function.

Why does fitness impact learning?

It improves immunity, metabolism, and blood circulation which all enable an individual to learn more effective, by being able to concentrate, pursue and persist. 

How can the effects of fitness be observed in learning?

Going for a 30-minute run in the morning can be seen in an improved IELTS score from Band 6 to Band 7. 

How can people make physical fitness a routine?

Creating an exercise schedule AND making it a priority (exercise above all else – be strong yourself and you can help yourself and others.)

  • I have too much school work
  • I don’t have enough energy or time

STEP 4 – Come up with a DIRECT Thesis

(Bad thesis [avoid this for high band] – This essay will discuss the benefits of exercise for learning and will suggest ways to maintain regular fitness.)

Regular physical exercise is vital for school performance as it not only aids concentration but also stamina, and a regular work-out routine can be maintained by scheduling and prioritizing it. 

Introductory paragraph (hook + background + thesis)

Modern science has proven a strong connection between exercise and learning. (background – definition and importance) The brain is a biological machine which needs to be healthy in order to perform optimally and this is essential for students’ success throughout their school years. (Thesis) Regular physical exercise is vital for school performance as it not only aids concentration but also stamina, and a regular work-out routine can be maintained by scheduling and prioritizing it. 

Body Paragraph 1 (Topic Sentence – first thesis point presented in more detail with a paraphrase)

Regular physical activity enables the mind to stay calm and focused on intensive learning for prolonged periods of time without significant fatigue. (Explanation – should include quantitative and visual information). When students engage in one hour of daily cardiovascular exercise, such as running and swimming, they can gain the ability to study for eight to ten hours a day without being distracted by friends and entertainment. (Example – real-world and elicit empathy) A recent research study of 1000 students in Australia revealed that learners whom engage in a minimum of four hours of weekly exercise not only spend at least 10 hours more on their studies but also have an average of one-point higher GPA. Certainly, many studies such as this have proven the positive impact of exercise on learning performance. 

BODY 2 – (Topic sentence + explanation + example)

In order for pupils to achieve a regular exercise routine over the course of months and years, it is necessary to both have a timetable set for working out, as well as making it of the utmost importance regardless of other commitments. Using tools, such as Google calendar or a wall calendar, a college student can indicate a block of time, such as 8 am to 9 am, Monday to Friday, for jogging and weight training. Importantly, even if they have distractions, such as friends asking to go for coffee or breakfast, they must choose to stick to their exercise routine instead. Thousands of university students in Australia have gym memberships paid six months in advance and attend an hour of exercise regularily because they have made it an essential part of their morning routine. It is these same students who achieve higher scores on their GPA.


In conclusion, frequent exercise improves overall brain function which leads to better and longer attention to study; and in order to maintain this, learners must allocate time and importance to such physical activities. It is clear that the return on invested time and effort is well worth it for students’ academic careers.

5 Responses to “IELTS Writing Task 2 – Fitness for Academic – Band 9”

  1. Fram

    It has been proven by the science that sport have an incredibly effect on the overall brain function. Which means that fitness and academic are effectively related. Research shows that playing sports boosts blood flow to your brain, in the academic case, we directly see the advantages to students of having a healthy sport routine in their school results.

    Physical fitness helps students to acquire a better concentration at school. Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and improve concentration, motivation, memory, and serotonin levels. All of which affect focus and attention. For example, if a student follows respectfully a sport routine, he will be able to be more focus at school and then, obtain a better result at school.

    Physical activity also increase the level of mativation. The sense of accomplishment and validation of the effort makes anybody feels good. For a student, this mindset which has been developped in sport will also be transferred in their studies. Those students will be more motivate at school and will always have the winner mindset and that will help them to be the best they can.

    To conclude, practising sport for students it’s a greater benefits for them and a remarkable helps for concentration and memory. This also motivate both in real life and at school. Those students will be able to set academic goals and achieve them.Fitness and academic are linked because exercising act like a real booster for the brain functions.

  2. David

    Many people believe that physical fitness is essential for academic performance, and evidence supports this notion. Studies have found that physically fit individuals tend to have better academic performance than their less fit peers. Exercise can benefit school performance in multiple ways.

    For starters, exercise provides an outlet for stress. Studies have shown that students who engage in regular physical activity have lower levels of stress and improved cognitive function. This can reduce anxiety related to tests and assignments, resulting in better academic performance. Exercise can also increase concentration and focus, a key factor in successful students. When students exercise regularly, they are better able to stay on task and maintain focus.

    Physical fitness can also affect academic performance through improved alertness and energy levels. Students who are physically fit often feel more energized and alert, increasing their ability to learn. Regular exercise boosts the body with oxygen and nutrients, improving mental clarity and memory. Exercise has also been shown to improve sleep quality, resulting in better alertness and concentration during the school day.

    In order to maintain a regular fitness routine, students can set aside time on a daily or weekly basis to exercise. Initially, when starting a new fitness routine, it is important to start slow and gradually increase the amount of time dedicated to exercise. Physical activity can take many forms, from jogging to lifting weights to playing sports. Ultimately, the type of physical activity should be based on one’s personal preference. Additionally, students should be mindful of eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water to obtain maximum benefit from exercise.

    To summarize, physical fitness is beneficial to academic performance. Regular exercise reduces stress, increases alertness and energy levels, and improves concentration, memory, and focus. In order to maintain a regular fitness routine, it is important to start slow and to find a type of physical exercise that is enjoyable and sustainable. Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water are also crucial to getting the most out of exercise. With these elements in place, students can obtain the many benefits of physical fitness and academic success.

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