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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 you have 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 often offer technology-related support to people like troubleshooting a computer or fixing a router, and some people have opined that it has greatly helped them. Actually, I am a tech enthusiast and like to help others whenever possible. For this topic, I would like to tell you how my support to fix people's computers and other electronic devices render great help to them.

I have been a passionate computer user since my early school days, perhaps when I was just 6 or 7 years old. Due to my experiments and interest in electronic devices and computers, I have found that I could repair them and solve almost any operating system related issue. Since then I have helped others to fix such problems and I still help others this way. A couple of months ago, I fixed a minor issue with one of my neighbour's microwave woven and she was very happy with it.

How did I start doing it? Well, I was just 11 years old when I went to visit my maternal uncle's house and found that their computer was dead and needed some expensive servicing or parts replacement. I asked my uncle if I could look at it. He was really surprised to hear that but was even more amazed when I had been able to fix the computer within an hour. All I did was put the RAM to a different slot and then reinstall the operating system, and the computer was up and running. It was a marvellous experience for me and this was the first time when I realised how a little help could save people from lots of frustration and money. I have tried to help others this way ever since.
 
I believe the thing I do is helpful to others as numerous times I've found that whenever I could fix someone's problem with an important electronic device or computer, it brought smiles on their faces. The way they appreciate me each time I help them is genuine. I can recall that several times I helped some students to fix their computers or laptops when they could not fix them due to money problems or time constraints, and they mentioned how grateful they really were.  I am happy to be able to help them when they need it the most.

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