IELTS Essay: Too much focus on academic subjects: reasons and effects

IELTS Essay: Too much on academic subjects: reasons and effects

Write about the following topic:
Schools these days focus too much on academic subjects rather than sports.
 
What are the reasons behind this trend and how it affects children?
Write at least 250 words.
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Sample Answer

Educational institutions today are putting a lot of emphasis on academic achievements of students. This essay will look at the reasons behind this growing inclination towards academics and its subsequent effects on school children.

One of the main reasons is the parental pressure. Parents believe that in the times of cut-throat competition, academic achievements alone can promise a secure future.   Nowadays, employers assess young applicants on the basis of their marks and skills. Students with a higher percentage are often given preference over weak performers. Parents therefore pressurise their kids to do well in studies.

Another reason is that outstanding results of students give a school an edge over others. Results have become a parameter which parents consider while getting their children enrolled in a particular institute. Moreover, majority of the schools these days lack sufficient open space for outdoor sports like badminton, cricket and football etc. If they focus primarily on educational outcomes, they can cover-up this shortcoming without compromising their monetary benefits. This scenario is particularly true in Asian countries.

The enormous pressure exerted by the unduly high expectations of schools and parents has a detrimental effect on the overall development of young children. It not only renders them physically unfit but also makes them mentally overworked. Many of them lose their interest in studies and a few may even drop out of school if they cannot handle it. What is more, in the long run, students still remain unprepared for the real world of employment. They lack presentation as well as communication skills which cannot be solely developed by bookish knowledge.

All in all, the focus of schools towards academics can be attributed to parental pressure, lack of space for sports and other activities and bright business prospects it offers to these institutes. However, it hampers the rounded development of pupils. I personally feel that instead of weighing all children on the same scale, individual differences should be respected and strengths be recognized in order to make them shine.

Writer: Paramdeep Kaur

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IELTS Essay Sample Answer # Living Alone

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
In some countries, people are choosing to live alone nowadays than in the past. Do you think this is a positive or negative development? Answer in at least 250 words


The question above is majorly for people preparing for IELTS academic, however you can treat it as a sample answer for essay. Now, the first thing that you need to keep in mind while answering this question is that you have got 40 minutes and in these 40  minutes you need to put up your best show.

No matter how well you know the topic, but simply starting to write the essay will surely land you up in trouble. So, start with taking notes, figure out the points you will bring up in the essay, what will be the flow of those points, what kind of vocabulary you are going to use and the kind of phrases you want to use. When you are clear on these things, move on with writing the essay.

POINTS:

  1. People who choose to live alone become more independent and self-reliant.
  2. Living alone however, can increase the housing demand.
  3. There are chances of people feeling isolated, lonely and feel more stressed up.
  4. Increase in the pricing of houses.
SAMPLE ANSWER

The last decade has seen the rise in people who live alone, particularly in large cities in developed world. In my opinion, this trend can have both positive and negative consequences in equal measure.

The rise in one-person households has some great positive effects for both personal and broader economic reasons. On an individual level, people who choose to live alone tend to become more independent and self-reliant than those who live with their family members. Certain things like paying electricity bills, managing budget, cleaning and taking care of oneself can be learnt only when you have to live alone. From an economic perspective, the trend towards living alone will result in a greater demand of housing, leading the construction industry, estate agents and other companies that rely on homeowners to buy their products or services.

However, there are certain negative impacts as well of living alone. Firstly, people living alone often get surrounded by increased feelings of lonliness, isolation and worry. Most people miss out on the emotional support that only family and friends can provide. Secondly, with increase in the demand for housing, there will be a rise in the property prices and rents. While this may benefit some businessmen, for the general population, this is an issue that might hinder their living alone decision.

In conclusion, the increase in one-person households will have both beneficial and detrimental effects on the individuals and on the economy. (238 words)

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IELTS Essay Sample Answer # More Than Book

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Some people believe that not everything that is learnt is contained in the book.

Give your opinion.

Write at least 250 words.


SAMPLE ANSWER

An old adage is that, “Books are our best friends”, however with changing times, an opinion that experience matters more has got floated. Although, no one can deny the importance of both in our lives, in my opinion, often experience takes the lead, when compared to books.

Books presents us true facts, history, subject matter expertise, story and knowledge that we need to evolve as a true human. It is only when we understand things around,that we are able to live a better life. However, life experiences teaches us lessons and give us the wisdom to understand life better and act in a more balanced manner.

Secondly, our brain needs to work else it gets junk i.e. one is not able to take better decisions. Books helps the brain to function. For instance, a person who is solving math problem develops reasoning skills that are important in daily life situations. On the other hand, experience instead of theoretically teaching, makes an individual understand situation better.

Even more, some knowledge could only be learned from books like the atmosphere of Mars but can never be experienced by a person. Whereas, experience assists us to become more socially active. Instead of studying materials in an isolated condition, for example in a library, we can meet more people by practicing more.

Overall, a person lives a better life when he/she has the perfect combination of great books and has learnt from the experiences of life.

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IELTS Essay Sample Answer # Getting The News

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

One can up to date news from television, radio and internet.

Which kind of media, do you think, is the best for getting the news?

Write at least 250 words.


SAMPLE ANSWER

With advancement in technology, different means for exchanging of information have come up. Moving from radio, towards television we are finally in an era where any news or information is just a click away. Although every one has their own priorities and other kinds of media have their advantages too, however, there are objective reasons why the Internet is the best.

Television is a better form than radio, for simple reasons that in radio one can merely hear things whereas in television the visual comes along with audio. This provides a better experience of being updated. One can actually see the location and feel the moment. For instance, the time when India won the world cup in 2011, on one hand where radio listeners could merely hear the news or the commentary, the television viewers could see the entire game and the winning shot. News channels tend to flash it many times, adding more fun to it.

However, the major disadvantage with television and radio is that they are time bounded. Every episode or serial has its own timing and if you can’t watch it during that time, chances are high that you will lose it. Internet on the other hand makes getting news flexible. One can at any moment find out what happened five years ago. Even more, one can see the news of China or Pakistan or USA, whenever they want to.

Overall, internet surely comes with it own great advantages, but the traditional media will not disappear in near times. With internet not being accessible to many, it is only radio and television that come to help. In my opinion, internet is better but it has a long way to go.

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