ē How does a study room help a student? ē Do you like to study? What type of books do you read? ē Which do you prefer? Reading or traveling? Why?
Possible Answer: My study room and living room is the same one and I spend most of my time in this room whenever I am home. Itís a square size room that has been painted in white colour. It has got 2 doors, 2 windows, one attached bathroom and a north facing veranda. The bed is placed beside the bigger window. Warm and fresh air keeps the room healthy for breathing. Among other possessions Iíve got a computer desk, a bed table, a wardrobe, 2 bookshelves, one reading desk, one bed table, and a dressing table. One bookshelf is full of novels and story books and the other one with academic books. I keep my notepads, diary, boxes and other necessary things amid of the study desk. I read mostly on my desk and sometimes on my bed. In case of story books, I prefer to read in bed. For academic reading and writing I mostly use my desk. My study room has not got plenty of luxurious furniture but I keep my things organized and clean. In day time I keep my windows and prefer not to turn on the light. My mother sometimes takes the authority to arrange and clean the room. I have arranged my story books based on Author and the academic books on Subject.
My study room and living room gives me comfort in terms of quietness. Sometimes I pick my chair on the Veranda and lit a table light and read book there at night. There are several other rooms in our house but my study room is quite soothing to me. I feel more comfortable at my study room than any other room in our house.
Tips for talking about this cue card topic:
While describing your study room you should say if this is a separate room or you use your bed room for study. If this is a separate room say if this is private study room or is it shared by other family members. This cue card usually expects you to be able to talk about the details of your reading room so give every details possible including the dimension, colour, size of the room and even the number of window, door and balcony. Then give details about the furnitures and books you have there. Explain why this is an ideal place for study and how often you read there. you will have 1 minute to prepare for the cue card and within this one minute picture an ideal study room using your imagination and take points of those. Then one by one describe those points.
Following is an example of the points you should take in the preparation phase of one minute:
1. separate room, lots of books: academic books, story books and magazines. 2. square shaped, have 2 book shelves, books are categorized. 3. about 400 square foot, white colour, open spaces. quiet and peaceful. 4. Furniture: Tables, chairs, laptop, table lamp, couch etc. 5. An ideal room for study: quiet, spacious, lots of fresh air
Now that you have enough points to describe your topic cards, arrange your sentences and describe them one by one. That you give you enough points for talking about more than 4-5 minutes.
If you prepare for this cue card you should also be able to answer the following cue cards:
1. Describe an ideal study room. 2. Describe a room of your house. 3. Describe the room you live in. 4. Describe a room in your house that is special to you.
IELTS Cue Card Sample 9 - Best gift / present you have received
Describe the best gift/ present you have received.
You should say:
∑ What is the gift
∑ Who sent it to you
∑ When did you receive it
And explain why it was the best gift / present you have received ever.
∑ Do you think that present giving will play an important role in daily life? Why?
∑ Compare the gift which people have received 10 years ago to the present that people now are receiving? What's the difference between them?
∑ Do you think that the brand name is very important for sales?
Possible Answer: In my life I have got numerous gifts and presents and among them most exciting and best gift was the Laptop my father gave me when I was 14 years old. When I was 10 years old, I found that many of my friends had their own laptops and desktop computers. I was heavily fascinated about this wonder machine and dreamed about owning one someday. After getting admitted in grade 6, I got admitted in a computer training center and learned the basic computing. Whenever I visited any my friends who had a computer, I felt overwhelmed playing games, learning new software, trying to browse internet etc. over there. I sometimes visited some of my friendsí houses more often than usual only because they had computers. Thus this machine became the only dream of my life. As I knew that my father wonít be able to buy a computer for me, I did not ask for one. I made a dummy computer using papers and boards and played with it. One day I bought a savings bank and started saving coins and notes there. After one month I found that I have saved very few amount to purchase a computer!
I got busy with other stuffs and could hardly find times to visit friendsí houses to use their computer but in a corner of my heart I felt the same fascination for owning a computer. On my 14th birthday, my father told me that he wants to take me to the computer shop and purchase one for me. I could not believe what I was hearing. That night it was tough for me to sleep. In the morning I wake up earlier than usual and went to the computer shop with my father. He bought a Dell Laptop that was Pentium 4 machine. While returning home, I found myself flying in joy. I opened the box after returning home and showed it to my mother and other relatives.
As a kid, that was a long expected gift that my father gave me and till now itís the best gift/ present I have ever received.
Tips for answering this Cue card question:
Think about a gift that you received from one of your family members, relatives, friends, colleges or someone else. Write down the name and the person who gave it to you as well as when did you receive it and what was the occasion. Being able to point out those questions would help you to answer this cue card. The give can be from someone special and for this the gift can be a simple friendship card or a book. Does not matter if it is an expensive and exclusive gift or not, most important part is the importance of the gift.
The gift can be something other than the conventional gift items like: a life changing advice that you consider as a gift. If you are father, you can say your kid is the best gift you have got is your kid and that was given by the almighty.
For gifts like cell phone, computer or a necessary equipment or device, mention that you have been wishing to own this but could not and after you received that, you felt overwhelmed. A gift from parents on your birthday can also be a good example of best gift you received. For such gifts, mention that you received it in your childhood and had been touched by the whole idea.
For this cue card the gift item is not itself important, be it an ordinary piece of gift or a very luxurious item, so emphasize on your feeling rather than the gift itself.
Some similar cue card topics that you can answer in a similar fashion: