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IELTS Writing Task 2 – Agree or Disagree

Some people believe that what is taught in schools is not as useful as what you can learn outside the school. Do you agree or disagree?

Many people think that a lesson in schools is not beneficial like experiences outside schools. In my opinion, I completely disagree with this notion because it is a different kind of materials which we explore inside schools and outside schools.

Firstly, in schools, we study about the process of thinking critically, such as giving opinions, finding fact and stating arguments about some cases. Besides that, general knowledge is provided by lectures to understand our environments which can be complicated to learn all by ourselves. We learn the proven methods which had already been researched by scientists, researchers or professionals to assist in comprehending the world around us, for example, the theory earth’s gravitational pull.

Another point to see is experiencing outside school is like family,
community, society which is the places that we can practice those theories in a daily life. It will enrich us to gain the wisdom of the concept of theory and the practice of reality. Both of them will support one another like a circle that cannot be separated. For example, young children are getting lessons from their teachers about the respect for older people, when they are interacting with family members at home, usually they will try to act as what their lectures had taught them.

To conclude, lesson schools have the same importance as lessons outside schools since they enable us to adjust every experiences or case that happen to us. We need those to encourage is being better individuals in our societies or environments.

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Move Forward

Book – IELTS Speaking

I think the most book that influenced me is probably “Failing Forward” by John C. Maxwell. I read it when I was 15 or years old. I was still at school, and I had just got excited about anything related Psychology. It tells the story of famous people who have different perspective and response to failure.

I learned a lot to look at failure as a lesson and stepping-stone. It affected my life because I did not enter the best class in my first-year Senior High School. And when I read the book, it motivated me to have the positive attitude and try it again. The second year, I entered the class with enough competitive and being part of top 10 students. The book helped me to move beyond my mistake that I have done to fulfill my potential and achieve my success.

Finally, the reason for this book is so influential is that it convinced me to study psychology. After reading this, I could not imagine anything better than spending a time of finding out, reflecting and learning about the past. It inspired me to have balance life between study and was doing extracurricular activities which the things that I loved and applied it to study psychology at university. And that was what I had done, all because of this book.

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TRY IT, YOU NEVER KNOW

Do you ever watch the singing contest which the popular recently? There are many of them that we saw on the television, such as Indonesian Idol, AFI, American Idol, The Voice and so on. Before the real contest begins, they showed how the judges selected the participant’s competition. One of the most interesting was the auditions who joined the event had a horrible voice, but they have other beliefs. We tend to laugh and give comments such as “Why do they still think about joining the contest?”. Could you ever imagine it happened to the people who mentioned or laughed were your friends or families or relatives? It happened to me when I was Junior High School.

Every time, I watch the movie like that, I remembered myself a long time ago. One of my friend’s classmates asked me to accompany her to join a sing competition contest.  At the time, I just replied, “Why not? Let’s do it.” The value of the friendship was made your friends happy, and it will be good for you too. Also, I never know what I want to do or interested. The price of competition’s entry was reasonable, and perhaps I will be a famous artist someday. All of the thoughts were just came out before I accepted my friend’s offering.

Several songs that already prepared by a committee, and we need to pick one of them. In the two weeks before the contest, we need to test a voice, and a board knew which pitches that we sang. I chose what my friend picked, and the title of the song is Tegar – which was popular at the time by Rosa. I never thought that I was an inexperienced young girl would join this competition compared to my friend who practiced vocal in the formal course. Otherwise, I believe that I need to practice the song until the day of competition was coming. I did not think about “what if – What if I fail? What if people laughed at me? What if I will be ashamed to do this?” Instead, I was a smooth feeling and had a bigger optimistic.

I never understand how to be a good singer. I just imagine myself that I need to sing like an artist. I took my old microphone which has a long cable around 90 centimeters and connected to the DVD which has a CD in it. I tried to practice it with turned off the voice from the artist, and instead my voice will hear out loud. Sometimes, my neighbors at my age were coming to sing the same song. I did not receive feedback from the people which one was bad and which things that I need to improve on. In addition, I did not care about the other people’s comment, and I did not need them.

The event was coming, and I wore a bright gray dress that I loved and trendy at the time because it was millennium year in 2000. My body was shaking when I heard many beautiful voices was singing by all contestants. I hoped that I could turn time that I did not want to join this competition. I felt that I am not ready enough. The master of a ceremony called my number, and I remembered my feet went away step by step to the stairs into the stage which was not big enough. The stage is not a fancy stage; there was no lighting and just a keyboard with a good sound system. The ambiance was hot because a lot of people surround the stage. And then, I started to sing introduction part and immediately it just stopped until the lyrics came to refren. I could not remember the remain lyrics, and I did not finish my song. I stood up in front of hundreds of audiences were watching me.  I felt intimidated or it just my thoughts.

I did not remember what happened in the last part, maybe because it was a humiliating experience. I directly went home and said to myself “Never again join the sing competition.” When I backed to my hometown, every time I open my childhood album, I always embarrassed on saw that picture. A young girl who thought she had a beautiful voice, but not. At least, one thing I know – sing is not my thing, and that’s way I can practice my other activities – dancing.  If you have something, you just need to try on, because you never know. If you failed, no worries at least you did not need to go to that thing again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Story – Academic Writing Class

#1 #Academic Writing – Intermediate

Eating healthy food is a right to prevent diseases. These days, we find a lot of young women and men have an illness, such as a tumor, cancer, heart attack and so on. All diseases appeared because of their habits. Most people like to eat fast foods in order to several reasons, for example saving time and practical thing. In addition, the media has a significant influence for that. Besides that, people especially living in a town do not have a chance to prepare a clean and fresh food by themselves. From all of those facts, a government has a meal program for the societies starts from children, youth, middle age to old age. The program concerns the big proportion of a daily meal should be green and fruits. Other kinds of food need to be restricted portion in the small amount. Above all, it is not easy to change society’s mentality, but it cannot say ‘impossible.’. The consistency promotion about this program for every district of the country is a first step to start. It also needs the support from other voluntary organization to raise the awareness of eating healthy foods.

Notes:

This paragraph above was one of the exercises that my academic writing teacher gave to us. We just had 5 to 10 minutes to think about the random idea and made it a thesis statement. And I got the band score 5, it showed that I need to practice more and more about this topic. It is not about the good or bad your writing, but to try writing and keep practicing. Never give up! If you have tips to improve academic writing skills, you welcome to give comments on this post. Thank you 🙂