IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 170 - It is more important for students to study history and literature than it is for them to study science and mathematics

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

It is more important for students to study history and literature than it is for them to study science and mathematics.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
Many people believe that students should give more attention to the subjects of history and literature rather than mathematic or science. I personally disagree with the statement, as I believe that all subjects that are taught in school are important and the following paragraphs will explain some of the reasons in details.

Firstly, it is a fact that all subjects that are delivered at school are important. All the subjects that are thought in school will be useful for students when they grow up, even though each student will be a specialised in some specific subject. For example, although a student might become a history teacher in the future, but it is essential for him/ her to learn about mathematic and economics as well. Since as a teacher, he/ she will be given other tasks besides tutoring such as preparing the expenditure budget of his class for one year and that require some accounting and calculation skills.

Secondly, it is obvious that all individuals have their own different talent. Some students may have a personal interest in studying in English literature while others might have the passion in learning physical science. And if the school only focus on studying two or three particular subjects such as literature or history, then it would be unfair for students who have the passion in mathematic or science.  

In conclusion, I do not agree that school should emphasise more on the subjects of history and literature than mathematics or science. I do believe that schools should teach each of the subjects proportionately since all of the subjects are beneficial for the students. Besides that, each of the students has his own different talent, therefore school cannot enforce students to focus studying some specific subject only.

(Approximately 291 words)
(This model answer was written by Darwin Lesmana.)


Model Answer 2:
Some people believe that students should study more history and literature. However, other people think that studying science and mathematics is more important. From my experience and observation, I think that students should study both science and history. Bellow I will outline some basic reasons to support my opinion.

First of all, I believe that studying history and literature is important for the range of interests of students and people on the whole. It extends the range of interests and teaches people to analyse their history. Every person should know the history of the country where he or she was born. Knowledge of one's roots and origins gives the opportunity to understand many things that are around.

Second of all, I think that this kind of knowledge is essential for students who are going to be lawyers, newspapermen, political figures, etc. One more reason to study history is that it helps one to analyse mistakes made by ancestors or learn from their wise decisions. From the other side, I think that it is also important for students to study science. Personally, I like studying mathematics because for me it is very interesting to work with figures, analyse them, develop different ways to solve the problem. It teaches one to think logically and improves one's ability to think non-typically. I think it is great.

Studying of science allows people to improve their life conditions, make discoveries, develop innovations, etc. Scientists work on new vaccines and pills to make our life longer and happier. They make researches in different fields from medicine to space. Because of this kind of knowledge humankind has opportunities to watch TV, fly, using jet aeroplanes, surf the Internet, play computer games, watch movies, drive cars, etc.

In conclusion, I think that students must study many things including science and literature in order to succeed in the modern world.

(Approximately 311 words)
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+1 # Всеволод 2015-06-24 15:48
Nowadays a lot of people believe that students should study more History and Literature. However, other people think that studying Science and Mathematics is more important for them. From my experience and observation I suppose that students should study Math, Science literature and history equally. My arguments for this point listened as follows.

Firstly, all students should study these subjects, because some material would be very useful in the future. Furthermore, in the future with the help of the math they can analyze some situation without any problems. As evidence of Alan Mathison Turing who was a great scientist, with the help of his fast analyzing (which was achieved by zealous ( усердными) efforts) The Great Britain and confederates won Second World war.

Secondly, math and science can improve you mind skills, with the help of these a student can achieve a abstract thinking which gives you opportunity to think fast and different . Likewise, Literature and history gives students skill, which will help them in daily routine or in the future. If student would study history, he or she would be a good speaker. When a students study literature it helps them to read fast and think faster (because with the help of these the student improve the creative thinking). A good illustration here would be a famous person Charlie Chaplin, who was a great actor. Furthermore with the help of creative thinking he made his appearance very funny and amusing. Also nowadays a lot of people watch his show.

So, taking into account all of these factors , we may reach the conclusion that it is important to study all of this subjects , because it can open to students new and different world of thinking. Also with the help of this they can achieve success in modern world.
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