Should long term job seekers in receipt of government benefits be made to do voluntary work so that they give something back to the community?
Give reasons for your answers and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Understanding the topic is the half the battle.
Make sure you read the topic at least 5 times.
Write some words / phrases / quotes / vocabularies / examples.. Don’t worry about the order
From this chaotic collection of thoughts, you can pick and choose those which you want to include in your essay.
Also, this gives you a chance to settle your mind a little-bit.
Step 1: Brain-storm
Its is about social responsibility and giving back to the society,
By doing so the receivers feel good,
They learn new skills and retain the older ones
Further, they can remain happily engaged which is good for their psychological health,
In other words, they will not feel depressed.
So eventually, you tend to believe that giving back is good… and see.. half the essay is ready
Step 2 – Decide about the paragraphs – Point / Examples / Explanation
Think of yourself as if you are writing a story for a movie.
Think of adding variety to your writing by using fresh vocabulary, crisp structures..
And of course some new and uncommon grammatical structures.
Step 3: Get excited about writing a great essay.. but remain original… remember… The purpose of communication is to express.. not to impress..
Introduction – 3 sentences
Undeniably, every citizen is obliged to serve the nation in his or her capacity. I firmly believe that job-seekers should also contribute through voluntary work in the pursuit of nation-building. A deep dive will help to understand this subject holistically.
Body Paragraph – Follow PEE (Point Example, Explanation)
There are many reasons to support this view. Firstly, voluntary work will help the participants to use their skills. It is a known fact that if we do not use our knowledge and abilities, then they get rusted. Thus, the only way to retain and sharpen a skill is to use it. This is the very reason, that even during peace-time, defense personnel keep on doing ‘mock- drills’. ‘The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war’ is the guiding tenet they follow.
Second Body Paragraph
The second advantage of voluntary work is that it helps the job-seekers to build necessary confidence to live with pride. Others also respect them for their work-ethic and contribution. Overall, it helps building amicable relations between different sections of the society. Most importantly, job-seekers can perform such activities which are beyond the scope of employed-citizens. For instance, activities such as caring for elders and kids, helping police to maintain law-and-order, teaching children and helping them learn new skills are some of the activities which are usually neglected. It is also seen that sometimes, due to lack of funds many citizens are not able to afford such services. It will be a blessing in disguise if poor sections get such services absolutely free.
To conclude, it behooves long term job seekers to actively get involved in meaningful work. This will help them as-well-as others lead a happy life.
‘Practice with purpose’ is the foundation of learning a new skill. Sometimes, even after a lot of practice one does not learn the desired skill.
Well, the reason is obvious, our practice is not focused. The best way is to break a larger goal into smaller goals and work on each of them separately.
In context of writing essays we can divide our approach into following parts-
Writing Body Paragraphs
However before thinking about introduction / body / conclusion.. it makes sense to plan what you want to write first… Thus first make a rough draft of what you want to write, then start your essay…
For each of these sections we can have a collection of phrases and fixed expressions which we can use in drafting our thoughts.
Bingo! These templates give you a head-start to begin on the right foot.
Lets explore expressions and terms we can use in writing introduction today..
Use a quote
‘Well begin is half done.’ This cliche beautifully sums up the essence of this topic. A deep dive will help us to analyse and understand various aspects of this topic.
State the obvious… State your Opinion… Invite for further discussion
Some people say that children should be taught as school, others opine that children should be taught at home instead of schools.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.
The topic of school education has been been the epicenter of discussions in many forums. Everyone is interested to find the best way to educate children. Let us dig a little deeper to understand this subject holistically.
In last few years we have witnessed an unprecedented changes in the arena of school-education. Everyone has some opinion about the best way to teach, however there is no universal consensus on the subject. Let us dig a little deeper to understand this subject holistically.
Undeniably, school education lays the foundation for a bright career. There are differing views on the best way to educate children, however there is no consensus. A deep dive into the subject will help us to understand the pros and cons associated with different methods.
The subject of school-education has attracted a lot of attention in last few decades. I tend to believe that there is no one-size-fits-all way of teaching school-children. Let us dig a little deeper to understand this subject holistically.
Let us take some more examples
1. Arts sports and music should be replaced by more career oriented subjects in schools. Do you agree or disagree.
This is a decision topic. You have to support one side..
It would be naive to say that there are no career options in the field of arts and sports. Dropping them from school-education will be a big mistake, according to me. Let us dig deeper to understand the nuances of this subject.
In the last few decades, we have witnessed unprecedented changes in the arenas of career-choices. Fields such as arts and sports have opened many avenues for those who are interested in them. I don’t think dropping these subjects from school-education will be a good idea. Let us dig deeper to understand this subject holistically.
2. Some people say that it is better to get married before 30. Others say that one should get married only after 30. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Marriage and the the age to marry is a personal choice. However, I tend to believe that it is advisable to get married sooner than later. Let us dig a little deeper to understand various aspects of this subject holistically.
1. Please read your essay AT LEAST TWICE before submitting. Itis YOU who should CORRECT YOUR ERRORS which you can. Don’t let any error slip into your essay WHICH YOU CAN CORRECT.
2. Use short expressions and sentences. For example, in the intro you can say say “Vacations help you to rejuvenate and refresh by doing something different from your routine life. It makes a person more productive and peaceful. There are different views and counter-views about the duration of paid-vacations. Let us analyze them to understand various aspects of this subject.
3. Let the subject sink into you intelligence completely. Analyse views and counter-views deeply. Then write your essay.
4. Be at peace with yourself. Remember, you are already there. Your handwriting is beautiful and you already know how to write a good essay. Just show what you really think about the topic. Don’t worry too much about vocabulary or grammar. You can take care of itafter writing the essay. Give yourself at least 5 minutes to reach and check.
5. Embrace speed. Move past every sentence quickly. Think once before writing. But, don’t think too much before writing. Write short and crisp paragraphs. Follow PEE structure while writing paragraphs.
An essay is an integral part of IELTS / TOEFL / SAT / PTE and other English tests.
This week we will discuss essential skills to score high on essays.
Follow a fixed process – Prompt / Plan / Produce / Proofread
Develop a list of standard phrases to be used in different sections of the essay
Divide your time into – planing, writing, and checking
Template for Introduction
Line 1: State the Obvious
Line 2: State your view
Line 3: Invite for further discussion
Template for Body
Use PEE (Point / Example / Explanation)
Point – The topic sentence of the paragraph
Example – This is optional.. If you wish to support your idea with a cogent example, put it here.
Explanation: To further your expand your point of view.
TIP: To prepare writing essays… you can divide your preparation into following sections
Understanding nature of essay… Analyse different varieties of essays and develop structure on them.
Develop designs/Templates for each of the essay types
Develop standard vocabulary for each of the essay types
Practice writing full essays.. Take one type at a time and write a few essays on that type, till you master it.
Maintain a Corrections Log
Here is an example
Type: Decision Essay.. You have to defend one side of the argument…
Topic: Some people believe that it is the individual faith that helps recovery rather than the quality of treatment or the qualifications of the doctor.
What is more important according to you?
Personal faith of the patient and the qualifications of a doctor, both are vital in successful treatment. However, I tend to believe, that a qualified practitioner plays far more important role. A deep dive into the subject will help to understand various aspects of it.
II Para: My Agenda: PEE … Point Example Explanation
There are many reasons to give higher priority to an able hand. By virtue of treating many patients with similar ailments, a doctor gains necessary experience to prescribe proper medicine based on the symptoms, age and other factors. To quote an example, one of my friends who was unconscious after an accident. He was saved because he got proper medical assistance immediately. As he was unconscious, he did not even know about the name of the doctor or type of medication given to him. Clearly, his faith did not play any role in his recovery. Similarly, we see many examples of patients with severe diseases such as cancer, lead a normal life, because of the treatment from an able doctor. Advancements in the field of medicine and surgery have further enabled doctors to treat dreaded diseases. They constantly evolve their practices and methods to provide better treatment.
On the other hand, newspapers are replete with examples of sufferers losing this lives because of some quacks. They go with a lot of faith, but because of inappropriate medicines, they are killed or their disease gets worsened. (aggravated). The purpose is not to undermine, the value of faith, but a doctor plays a more important role.
To conclude, faith acts a catalyst in the process of treatment, however it is the treatment given by an expert that actually cures a patient.
Undeniably, qualifications of doctor as well as personal faith affect a patient. However, if I have to tell one over the other, I would say it is the doctor’s abilities that come first. A deep dive into the subject will help us to understand all the related aspects to this preposition.
Qualifications and experience of a doctor play a pivotal role in the treatment of a patient. We can take the example of a child in this case. A 5 years old child is too small to understand faith. Yet, when he is given proper treatment, he responds well and recovers quickly. The case is similar for grown-ups as well. Even when we go with no faith, our bodies respond positively to good treatment. On the contrary, wrong medication does inflict harm on our body. Our faith does little to save us from the hands of an unqualified practitioner.
Faith also plays its due role. It is generally seen that patients with faith recover and recuperate faster than those without. However, it would be presumptuous to put faith at a higher pedestal than the qualifications and experience of an able doctor. Newspapers are replete with reports about how naive people become victim of fake treatments given by quacks. A few even lose their lives as a result of taking such medicines. Further, there are many whose diseases get aggravated by consuming medicines prescribed by such impostors.
In the final analysis, treatment given by a knowledgeable and qualified doctor is the primary determinant. Faith and attitude affects the speed of recovery to a certain extent.
To conclude, I firmly believe that personal faith can-not be a substitute for a good doctor. I strongly advise to go with a good doctor and then take medicines with faith.
Reading strategies to speed up and get the right answers.
Reading – Tips
Reading is an intense exercise. It calls for concentration and undivided attention. People who are not accustomed to reading find it difficult to develop this skill. Consistent efforts and practice with purpose yields results.
The right strategies can help you gain speed and accuracy. Learn them, practice them, apply them!!
Develop interest in reading.
First focus on precision, then focus on speed.
Practice using different types of passages
Focus on -STOP
Fill up the blanks – Tips
Note the maximum number of words / numbers acceptable
Understand the context
Understand the type of word (noun / verb / adjective / number)
MCQs – Tips
Paraphrase and predict
Read the options later
Select the right option
Process of Elimination ( POE)
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True / False /Not Given – Tips
Look for evidence
If there is a clear evidence to support / contradict the statement – True / False
Else, Not Given
Even when there is a possibility of True / or False [under different situations].. the answer will be not given
Text: Aryans are native Indians
Question: Aryans are found only in India.
Match the heading – Tips
Read one paragraph at a time..
Look at the whole paragraph not individual lines.
Paraphrase it to get the essence of it
Match with the options
If two answers seem to be right.. Select both of them first and later you can do a tug-of-war to select the best one.
First Precision Than Speed
First focus on getting the questions right. Speed is always a result of practicing he skills for a reasonably long time. So, regular practice will make you fast.
Thus, you will do well to just do away with the watch during the initial phase of your preparation. Your focus should be to the questions right.
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