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When you helped someone in his/her work or study

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 497 with Model Answer:

Describe a situation when you helped someone in his/her work or study.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • whom you helped
  • how you helped this person
and explain how you felt about it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]



Model Answer:

Well, I am not exactly a very bright student, but still, I have managed to help some of my classmates occasionally with their studies. Today, I would like to talk about one such occasion when I helped one of my classmates in completing a math assignment.

It all happened about a few years ago when we were junior college students. This classmate of mine was an otherwise good student but he wasn’t really that good in college algebra. On the other hand, I somehow used to understand college algebra a bit better than other students, and this good classmate of mine was aware of it except, of course, he had never asked for any help from me before.

But, then one day, he came to me with his new scientific calculator, which he had just purchased, and asked me if I could help him use his scientific calculator to complete an algebra assignment which was due in the very next class.

However, the problem was I also didn’t quite know how to use his newly-bought scientific calculator, which looked a lot different from the one I was using at that time. But, I still took the challenge and started to read the “manual book” (giving instructions on how to actually use that calculator) in order to understand its functionalities, keys and other important features. By the way, it took me a while to thoroughly understand all the features of that calculator, but the good thing was that I was finally able to help my classmate understand how to have solved that kind of algebra problem – a difficult one in that too, I might add – with his calculator.

In the end, it was indeed a great feeling of “accomplishment” on my part since I was able to give my classmate in doing his math assignment on time. At the same time, it also boosted my confidence a great deal since I, for a moment, thought that I could actually solve all kinds of math problems with the help of a scientific calculator!

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