IELTS Cue Card: Describe a skill you have learned

Describe a skill you have learned

IELTS Cue Card Question 77 With Model Answer:

Describe a skill you have learned that you think is very useful.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • where and when you learned it
  • how you use it
And explain why you think this skill is so useful.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Typing on a keyboard without looking at that is a special skill and recently I have learnt to type by not looking at the keyboard.

When I bought the computer, it was impossible for me to type without looking at the keys. It took longer hours for me to type a single page by searching the letters on the keys. It was a troublesome task for me and most of the time I had to type different topics on a computer for my official purposes. But I could not complete the tasks in due time for my lack of skills in typing. When I started to type, it appeared to me that the letters should be placed on the keyboard alphabetically for better use. But gradually I learnt that this way is better than the alphabetical letters.

Basically, I learnt the skill at my home using my personal computer. In the very beginning, it was tougher for me to compose anything on the computer with the keyboard attached with it. When I joined at my new office, it becomes a regular trouble for me to compose the different documents and it took longer hours for me to compose a document of three or four pages. So, I started using the internet to get some ways to learn typing. I found some special applications that allow the users to get the desired typing skill. Besides, the applications also helped me to make the typing faster than it was in the beginning.   

I primarily apply the skill at my office to perform different typing. As the administrative officer at the office, I have to issue different orders and notices to the office employees and I type the notices and orders after the direction from my higher authority. Besides, I remain busy round the day with different other activities that require typing different documents. Sometimes, my higher authority assigns me with translations from one language to another, and I have to use my typing skill for the work. At the office, I have become the hub of typing now for my outstanding speed and skills.

All of the earned skills are useful in real life but the applications may differ in situations. When I started learning the skill, I thought that it would be of no use in my practical life and I am wasting my times. But after some days, I was surprised by the applications of typing in my office. I have started serving the office in different ways with the typing skill. Everyone in the office now depends entirely on me to get their documents be typed. As a result, my fame has increased as a typing expert and accordingly the office has evaluated my performance. I have been promoted to the senior administrative officer post after three months when I applied the skill to my daily works at the workplace. So, it appears to be a very useful skill for me.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a skill you have learned that you think is very useful." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:
  1. Describe a skill you wish you had. 
  2. Describe a skill you find useful. 
  3. Describe something new you want to learn. 
  4. Describe a skill you find particularly useful. 
  5. Talk about a skill someone in your family has. 
  6. Describe an ability or skill you learned recently. 
  7. Describe something useful you learned lately.