A Subject at School – Recent IELTS Cue Card with Answers (Sample 3)
Describe a subject that you did not like in the past, but now you like it
You should say:
- what it was
- when you studied the subject
- why you didn’t like it before
- and explain why you have an interest in it now.
Sample Answer 1
As a high school student, I learned a number of subjects. Among them, I was not really into history at the first time. The reason was really simple: I disliked my teacher’s method of teaching. It was boring.
He was so lazy. He just copied words, facts, and figures from the book to the board and made us write down what he wrote. Then he told us to memorize all information if we did not want to receive a low score for this subject. This made me and my classmates sick.
Later when I grew older, I had a chance to watch a movie about Vietnamese history. The movie is about King Ly Cong Uan relocating the capital city from Ninh Binh to Hanoi more than a thousand years ago. I really liked the film and realized that history is not as boring as I thought. After that, I managed to read more historical articles and watched more historical movies, and now I am really interested in history.
I think the Ministry of Education should adjust the school curriculum or train teachers on how to deliver history lessons more successfully and attractively. Without any action, many Vietnamese pupils still hold a negative attitude towards history.
Sample Answer 2
Well, I’m afraid that the subject that I didn’t like in my high school was physics. But I had to learn it because of the exams, you know. It was one of the compulsory courses during my entire middle school for six years.
My physics teacher always tended to be demanding with us, he seemed like making the abstract theory more obscure, and sometimes I didn’t understand what my teacher had said, and he also left endless homework to us, which really made me frustrated. I felt that physics was the most challenging subject in the world.
Another reason was that there were too many abstract formulas I had to remember. You know, I was not good at memorizing things, so I often used the incorrect formula in the exams, and made lots of mistakes, and got low marks as a result. But after I grew up, I found that physics was a really indispensable curriculum in school education because it could help me develop the logical and rigorous thinking pattern so that I sometimes found myself a critical thinker. Besides, with the knowledge of physics, I’m aware of many physical phenomena around me, such as optics, mechanism, which helps me understand the intrinsic principle of many devices.
- Memorize: commit to memory or learn by heart
Eg: Rose has memorized the Bible.
- Relocating: to move or locate to a new place (location)
Eg: Relocating for work purposes is stressful.
- Phenomena: fact or situation observed to exist or happen; an observable fact or an event.
Eg: Science will be able to provide a convincing explanation for paranormal phenomena.
- Rigorous: extremely thorough and careful
Eg: The instructor gave rigorous training in the gym.
- Obscure: not discovered or known about; uncertain.
Eg: John was an obscure writer.
- Intrinsic: belonging naturally or essential.
Eg: The dogs have an intrinsic quality of being loyal to their masters.
- Frustrated: feeling annoyed or disappointed.
Eg: Everyone becomes frustrated if they fail to achieve their goals
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