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Describe an important change in your life

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 202 with Model Answer:

Describe an important change in your life.

You should say:
  • what it was about
  • why the change was required
  • how it affected your life
and explain why this was an important change 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 1:
Life is filled with numerous desired as well as sudden events. People are to form different habits in different parts of their life and changes in life are inevitable. I would like to talk about a great change in my life that I consider as one of the best things to happen in my life. I was quite idle and highly inactive and liked to sit idly always. Now my idleness has been removed.

Before my admission to the university, I was affected by inactivity. I felt that I have been made to sit idly. My parents, relatives and friends started terming me as the King of idleness. They were true to a great extent. Even my mom had to feed me in this matured age as I was reluctant to take my foods by myself. So, I turned into the laughing object for all and I, in fact, did not care about the issues. My mom also helped to complete my school and college home works. I was also dependent on my siblings for some of my tasks like I asked them to have some chocolates for me from the superstores or sometimes I asked them to bring some books for me. But if I wanted, I could have done the works all by myself. My laziness did not allow me to do the things. But when I was in my university, I had to change my idleness and lifestyle.

I needed to do all the things by myself. Living in a dormitory does not allow the students to keep their parents with them for the household chores!!! Everyone here needs to do their own work. I had to clean my clothes, at times make my coffee as well as clean the room. Often my parents came to visit me at the dormitory and they were surprised to see me doing the necessary things for me that I could not do at home. When a student is at university level, s/ he comes to a point where there are fewer chances to rely on others. When a student enters into a graduate level, s/he becomes capable of taking care of them. They do not need someone else to depend on for the daily activities. Rather, relying on others sound weird at this stage. So, for me, the changes were required as I entered into my university.

The effects of the change were wonderful. When I used to rely on others for my purposes, I experienced a combined reaction from them. Some of them criticised me for being lazy and I got hurt with the negative criticism. Some others were of the view that my parents are caring me much which will have a detrimental impact on me in later stages. But some of my relatives and friends were sympathetic to me and tried to defend me in such situations. But when I changed, I mean removed my laziness from my life, everyone seemed to be happy about me. They were happy as I did all my necessary things by myself. In fact, I was too lazy and I became dependent on others. Everyone, especially the family members of mine, helped me greatly in providing all the necessary supports. They never declined with any of my demands. But now, I am able to complete all of my necessary things all alone. My life has greatly been changed.

Removing the idleness was the best ever change in my life and I was happy with that. Now I am in my third year of graduation and able to do all the necessary things for me. I do not need to be dependent on someone else to do my homework or assignments. I am able to do everything, alone. I can now move from place to place, alone. I can ride on public transports and sometimes I cook for me as well. The changes are positive for me and I am able to cope up with every situation once which was impossible for me. The removal of idleness from my nature has made me a self-reliant man. I am now confident to perform all the tasks for me and even I help others in their needs. All these are shaping me into a new form. I love the change!

Sample Answer 2:
Before hosting the annual sports event organised at my college by the authority, I did not know that I can speak so nicely. Speaking in public was an important change in my life. Thank you for the question and I think I should share the entire event with you.

The event was organised marking the annual sports completion in the college. I did not want to attend the event showing some excuses. In fact, I was shy in nature and liked to keep my emotions secret. But some of my friends urged me to host the event. I agreed finally and successfully performed the role of host. It was the very experience for me to speak in public. And it brought confidence inside me which was helpful too.

To be honest, I needed the change. Often I had to read loudly in class. Most of the teachers asked me to read loudly for my lucid voice. But feeling shy, I was unable reading louder. I thought what the other students or people will think of me and my voice. But hosting this event, all the shyness was gone. In the beginning, it was difficult. But later, I handled everything smoothly. This was a great change to me and helped me a lot in my real-life.

The earlier barriers to public speaking with me were gone. I started talking smoothly with people of different strata of the society. Moreover, it also helped me to grow in the college. Before removing the shyness, I could not participate in activities where public speaking was involved. Even if someone asked my name, I started feeling a sense of tremble in my mind. Various types of baseless fears occupied my mind. But once I started talking standing on the dais, I felt that all the nervousness was melt in the air. I felt courage inside my mind. And now I am able to handle even the worst situations.  

Everyone needs some speciality in life. It is a kind of signature for them. This is a mark that lets the other people know about you. I needed the change badly. My friends had understood the necessity and they helped me to get rid of the trouble. It was completely a mental state that crippled me though I had huge potentials. Now, I am able to do all the things accordingly and also can deal with lots of people. Reading texts loudly in the classroom is not a problem for me at all. Actually, the teachers are reluctant now to ask me for reading as nobody else gets the scope to discuss anything when I read loudly. It was really an important change in my life.

More Ideas for this cue card topic:

Change is the word of the day. Everything changes in terms of time and situations. Often the changes bring positive aspects and few of them might prove inappropriate. But change occurs and there are no specific time periods for them to appear. It may appear at any time of life. The cue card wants to know about an important change of the candidate. Here are some certain clues for them to get insight and develop their own answers.

1. After falling in love with Maria, there were some massive changes in my life. And most importantly, I gave up visiting the bars. Before the transition, I used to drink heavily. I do not know why I did so and I cannot explain it. But with the counselling of Maria, I am now able to give up the habit and have not drunk a drop of alcohol for last six months. It was a great change for me.

2. I did not know how to manage my works and other necessary things. But my recent job has taught me to be sincere. Now I do not make any late to attend any of my appointment. I can keep everything in order and perform my duties accordingly. Moreover, I am able to do all the tasks on time and deliver them. This is a great change in my life.

3. Parenting is hard if someone does not have the idea about it. In fact, I have changed myself to take care of my child. I have cut some of the bad habits. Before becoming the father, I used to spend unnecessarily but now I spend only to meet needs. I also used to spend more times with my friends and now I budget all my times for my family. This is a great change in my life.

4. I had a habit of spending too much time on social networking site and it was completely unnecessary. Chatting with unknown people was fun to me. But after a certain time, I realized that I was wasting my time. So, I stopped using the social sites regularly. It was a positive change and I invested the extra moments in some productive works.

5. Taking regular exercise is good for health. And I am experiencing the benefits. Before taking the exercises, I did not have an idea that how positive it could be. I have a very good health now and become less tired in my workplace. The exercises have increased my stamina too.

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