IELTS Cue Card: Describe an advice you gave someone

Describe an advice you gave someone

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 205 with Model Answer:

Describe an advice you gave someone.


You should say:
  • what advice it was
  • who you gave this advice
  • why you advised this person
and explain how this advice helped him/her.

[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:
Usually, people need advice from others, especially from the seniors or superiors, so that they could have something better or improve their performance. I am not an exception here and if I see someone struggling with something, I deliver some advice to them.

I am a university third-year student and have few juniors who are my fan or my skills in playing chess. I take humbly price in playing chess and frequently help others to learn it. So, when someone is in distress with the indoor game, I provide advice to them to improve their performance. Sometimes, I play mock sessions with them to teach them about the inner events of chess. In fact, they are unable to establish relationships with the entire gaming process. They do not know how to make moves to defeat the opponent and most of the times they lose their tempers when the opponent hits them with tricks. Many of them have agreed with me that they lose their tempers because of their wrong moves and since there are no chances of undo, they are to lose the game. So, they need some advice from me and I often help them in their distress.

I gave the advice to some of my intimate juniors who love to play chess always at the university instead of participating in other outdoor activities in their leisure hours. Some of them love to play with me while the others play with their preferred partners. In fact, I have to give advice to a couple of juniors but I started with a single boy. Now, when I visit the common room of the university building, I find many of the juniors are engaged in playing chess. They play so attentively that they forget to move their limbs. Sometimes I stand beside them during their matches and they even do not notice my presence at all. So, when anyone of them is in trouble and seeks help from others, they notice me and make a smile. Then I come to their assistance.

I usually advise them as they need my help. Firstly, they are immature and do not know how to play chess. They might have some basic knowledge which is merely enough to be an expert chess player like me. They usually do not know how to make moves to entrap the opponent. So, when they make moves, if the opponent is a bit stronger in intelligence level, the opponent traps him and grabs the soldiers or the other important pieces which lead to their defeat. One of the players loses the game. But if both the players are equally skilled and know how to play chess, the match between them becomes enjoyable. So, I try to make them skilled so that they could enjoy chess and teach others about the pros and cons of the game. Moreover, I advise them for another reason. When I wanted to learn the game, I took help from my seniors and they advised me to teach the game to others so that chess could get a better expansion in the university. To respect my commitment to my seniors, I advise my juniors about chess.

Before taking advice from me about the game, most of them failed to move ahead with their important pieces. They would have wrapped up the game within a few minutes. But when I started advising them about the moves and positions of different chess pieces, they started improving on the game. It has happened that one of my juniors have defeated me in a friendly match who learnt the game from me. I am greatly happy with such improvement. I mostly advise them to be attentive on the game and take a sharp look over the positions of the opponent’s pieces. Most of the chess players do not care for the opponent’s pieces and make some wrong moves. As a result, the opponents trap them and grab the pieces which could have helped them to win. But with my advice, most of the juniors improved greatly and their skills were enriched with different innovative moves. They admire me for my selfless efforts of teaching and advising them for the chess which they consider a life-long asset for them.