These are useful steps to follow when writing a Task I essay on tables:
Understand the information with a 5 point plan
- What is it about?
- What is on the horizontal axis?
- What is on the vertical axis?
- Is a specific time given?
- Is there any other information?
Note the main features (e.g. note highest/lowest points, check for common trends)
Decide on a paragraph structure (e.g. by year, by country, by category) and add other points of interest
Use sentences that summarise the main information and make comparisons where relevant