Activity to concentrate on your study/work - Cue Card # 617
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe an activity that you do to concentrate on your study/work.
You should say:
- what the activity is
- where you do this activity
- why you do this
and explain how this activity helps you concentrate on your study/work.
[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.]
Sample Answer 1:
I never considered myself to be a “meritorious” student like many others, so I have to study really hard and for a long time if I want to achieve good grades on my tests. But the problem is, no matter how hard I try, I really struggle to concentrate on my study even on my best days sometimes.
Luckily, however, I have figured out a way to bring back my concentration by going to a local café and spending some times there while enjoying some fresh coffee and reading some travel magazines. By the way, since the café is not really that far away from my home, I don’t use any transportation and instead, just take a walk while enjoying nature and fresh air. The good thing about visiting a café is that it allows me to listen to some really interesting conversations of the coffee lovers. Sometimes, I also take part in those conversations when they talk about such subjects with which I am familiar as well. Besides, when reading a travel magazine, I almost always come to know about some interesting places about which I try to share with other people at the coffee shop if they show any interest. By the way, I do this particular activity because it makes me feel like I am visiting a new place, full of many new and interesting people, who share the same kind of interests with me.
This activity helps me to concentrate back on my study again mainly because it allows me to refresh myself and unclog my mind from the difficult (and sometimes, boring) subjects of my study. Besides, the activity hits me with sense a “guilty feeling” as I had “wasted” a lot of time at the café, instead of spending it on my studies, which, in turn, forces me to concentrate hard. Finally, since I really enjoy this particular activity a lot, I carry that “great feeling” with me when I study which, then, makes my study rather easy for me.
Model Answer 2:
Thank you for the time you have allowed me to talk about something that I employ to study more effectively and attentively. As a student, I find this method quite helpful.
To be more precise, I often take a break and listen to a song only to get back to my desk to continue my studies a few minutes later. This method is so far proven to be effective and helps me study for long hours without getting bored or distracted. I believe sometimes listening to our favourite songs refreshes us and gives us inspiration.
We live in an apartment which is on the 8th floor of the building and my room has a great view. So whenever I take a break to tune in to my favourite songs, I try to leave my desk and sit on a chair placed at the balcony. If I am too busy to go to the balcony, perhaps because of the last hour preparation for an important exam, I try to leave the desk and sit on the sofa. I use my iPod to listen to music. I have more than 300 songs stored on that iPod and I have hand-picked them according to my music taste.
I have been doing it for more than three years and perhaps I have invented this method to find a way to study for long hours. Nowadays, it has become a part of my study techniques and sometimes my motivation to keep studying to achieve an excellent academic result.
This process or method, whatever I call it, helps me better concentrate on my study because we need breaks to revive our mind and without breaks even interesting tasks become tiresome. Whenever I leave my desk and focus on something else for a while, I get recharged and new energy to study for another half an hour or so. Thus even if I study for more than 12 hours a day, I do not feel the fatigue or tiresomeness of studying for long hours.
Sample Answer 3:
Thank you for this marvellous topic and I would like to express my appreciation for the time you have allowed me to think about it and finally talk about it.
Meditation is the activity I rely on to concentrate on my work. Some might disagree or even discard the idea, but meditation has remarkably enhanced my work performance. Despite my attempt to find a way to better concentrate on my work at the office, I was lagging behind until I started meditating a year ago. Since then, I can work more earnestly and attentively than ever before.
This activity does not require a significant amount of time, just 15-20 minutes are more than enough provided that I maintain the consistency of practising it daily. It is very simple to do and I just need to seat relaxed and focus on my breath and concentrate on my inner self. I do it mostly in my room in the morning and sometimes in the office. The beauty of the meditation is that I can do it anywhere, anytime.
Honestly speaking, I have tried several ways of focusing on the important tasks, including listening to music, reading a newspaper, watching news channels for a while, doing exercise and so on. However, meditation has been proved to be an effective way to pay more attention to my work and has also helped me control my anger and silly emotions. Since I try to relax my body and mind during the meditation session, it helps me gain more positive energy to work better.
In an ever-growing world of Facebook, YouTube or Twitter updates, shiny new blog posts, it is no surprise that our ability to focus and concentrate has taken a nosedive. When we take time to relax by doing a meditation session and focus on the present, it helps to create a stronger control of the mind’s function and productivity. Thus I can pay more concentration on my work and remove distractions.
When you are ready to talk about an activity that you do to concentrate on your study/work, you are also ready to discuss the following topics:
1. Describe something you do every day.
2. Describe something that has positively affected your work performance.
3. Describe an activity that you find really useful.
4. Talk about something you enjoy doing often.
5. Describe something you have taken up lately.