IELTS Cue Card: Describe a science subject that you learned in high school

Describe a science subject that you learned in high school

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 198 with Model Answer:

Describe a science subject that you learned in high school.

You should say:
  • what subject it was
  • who taught you this subject
  • what you learned from it
and explain how this subject helped you in your life.

[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:
In my school days, I was fond of the science courses and took pride in that with my cousins as I knew more than them on space-issue. Space Science was the favourite subject of mine in school and now still I am attracted to the subject.

Space always attracted me and I loved watching the moon. My grandfather had a telescope and I used to observe the sky with that. When I got promoted to the eighth grade, I got attached to the space science, one of my science courses. The course was filled with the descriptions of the stars, planets, galaxies and more other issues. I read the book more attentively than my other courses and experimented with the telescope which I inherited from grandpa. Gradually I developed a sense of interest over the subject and now having my post graduation over the same course. Gradually I came to know about different wonderful facts about space.

Mr. Andrew Robert was assigned as the teacher of the Space Science. He was one of my preferred teachers in the school days and still I share a bond with him. He used to teach us the subject with care and each of the students at the class listened attentively to his lectures. Unfortunately, he was allowed to take the class thrice in a week. So, each of the students, fascinated with space issues, eagerly waited for the class and I was one of them. He taught us different matters about the space and also made us skilled in figuring out the stars and planets. Mr. Robert was the man who made the tougher issues simpler with his deep knowledge about space. Once he invited a couple of students at his home and I also attended the invitation. To my surprise, I saw that his reading room is filled with books and almost two-third of the books belong to space related issue.

I learnt a lot from the course. The subject had several books - one of them was used as the main textbook while the two other associated books were prescribed for earning further knowledge on space. The notable things I learnt from the subject are – I can figure out the stars with their names, I can determine directions at night times without any compass, I know a good number of information about the solar system and the surrounding planets of the Earth. Being informed about the information of the surrounding planets and the internal conditions, I was greatly surprised. Besides, before attending the class, I was unaware of the names of the stars, their positions, how they changed with the passage of time, how they are linked with mythological characters etc. and when I completed the course, I was amazed about them. The entire universe and the other galaxies like us, potentials of life etc. made me excited.

Initially, I could not apply the knowledge in my real life until I went to an adventure on the sea. In fact, the adventure was not that much planned and happened all on a sudden. A couple of my friend planned to have a trip to the beach and then suddenly we experienced a low storm which took us to a nearby island. Since this was not a planned sea voyage, we did not have the right tools with us to survive on the sea. We lost the directions of the mainland. I applied my knowledge of stars to determine the direction to the mainland and finally reached there after lots of struggle. If I did not have the knowledge of figuring direction with stars, something worse might have happened.