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Describe something you do to help others

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 308 with Model Answer:

Describe something you do to help others.

You should say:
  • what you do
  • how long have you been doing it
  • how you started doing it
and explain why you think this is helpful for others.

[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:
I actually provide technological support to people and some people have opined that it has greatly helped them. To make it clear, I help other people with their needs related to computer and technology. Actually, I am not quite enthusiast doing it and not sure how much it helps others, but for this cue card topic, I would like to talk about it.

I live in a joint family in India. And thus the number of family members is more than the other ordinary families. So, most of them are in need of various types of supports and I try to help them when they fall in trouble with technological issues. Besides, I also help them when they cannot use their computers and other electronic devices. Often, some of the senior family members come with issues like their mobile phones are not working or they cannot make calls etc. Besides, I am popular in my locality as a great tech-savvy and repairman(!!!) and the people who are in need of such supports ask me to help them. Without any charge, I help them as much as I can.

I had some training on technological aspects like repairing computers, television and other electronic devices. I took the training in 2013 and learnt to repair those. It began with the repair of the television set of my home. My mother was having trouble to watch the television and it had a poor signal receiving. She was unable to see shows clearly. So, I changed a part of the television set and everything was okay. She spread the issue to everyone and I got a reputation for solving the electronic devices. Sometimes, they came to me about solving some technological troubles. The issue was working with internet and computer. Since a majority of the people of my locality are not too much educated, they fall in trouble easily with the issues. So, I go for their help.

The support began with my family. It was my mother who played the biggest role in spreading his son's reputation as a mechanic for electronic devices, as I told earlier. Then my reputation soared higher in the family and in the locality. Everyone gathered with their troubles. But it was not possible for me to repair everything they asked me to do. Sometimes I failed and told them that the thing was completely dead. At a point, I decided to make it a commercial activity for me. But my mother advised me not to be a commercial person in this case. She also advised me to complete my education at first and keep the repairing activities as my hobby. After her suggestions, I worked so and still repairing electronic devices as my hobby.

Certainly, this is helpful to others. In fact, if I were not there, they would have to move to a distant city to repair their devices. This locality is a remote one in India and devoid of modern amenities. The number of internet user is few. It is hopeful that the government has adopted various measures to improve the conditions of the locality. But still, the people are backdated. Most of the families only have a television set for recreational purposes. Some of the wealthy people have personal computers and they take great care of the devices (always keep the computers undercover and use once or twice in a month). So, they are greatly benefitted by my service and need to pay for the part prices only that I bring from the distant town riding my bicycle. I am happy to be of their help.

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