Cue Card Sample

A place where you like to study- Cue Card # 666

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a place where you like to study (either indoors or outdoors).

You should say:

  • where it is
  • when you study there
  • what you study there

and explain why you like to study there.

[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 1:

Do I like to study indoors or outdoors? Well, that depends on what I am studying, and how difficult is the reading materials. But, if I am asked to pick one, I would certainly go with “indoors”, which means either it has to be in a room or a library. This time, I will go with a library – a public library that is where I like to study often.

My favourite public library is not really very far from where I live. Conveniently located in the centre of my home town, it is only about 10 minutes drive from my home if riding in a car. Being considered one of the largest libraries in my country with a huge – I mean really “huge”- collection of books, you can pretty much read anything and everything there. But, for me, it is all about research work, as a post-graduate student, for my chemistry thesis paper. I go there to study mostly during the evening times since it is a lot less crowded during that period.

I like to study in our public library mainly because I get to study a lot of materials there when I am really in a “mood”. But, when I become a bit exhausted after studying chemistry and its formulas, I can easily read other kinds of materials whether it is a newspaper or journal. I can even watch some educational movies! I like to study there also because it offers a great research environment with almost no distractions to deal with. In fact, the library has a separate research corner for research students like us.

Finally, I go to study there also because I become a bit more motivated and inspired after seeing so many students studying around me. So, I guess it is fair to say that my library is very much like a trusted study partner which is always there for me when I need it.


Model Answer 2:

Well, one of my favourite places to study is a cosy café nestled in the heart of the city where I live, providing a perfect blend of tranquillity and ambience conducive to focused learning. In fact, I have studied several novels at that very cafe and whenever I think of reading for pleasure, this cafe comes to my mind.

The café, named "Serenity Brews," is situated on a quaint street corner, adorned with lush greenery and charming outdoor seating, creating a serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

I often find myself studying at Serenity Brews during the late afternoons or early evenings, usually on weekends when I have ample time to delve into my academic pursuits without any distractions.

At Serenity Brews, I dedicate my study sessions to various academic subjects, ranging from literature and history to mathematics and science. Whether I'm poring over textbooks, reviewing lecture notes, or working on assignments, the tranquil ambience of the café allows me to immerse myself fully in my studies.

There are several reasons why I find Serenity Brews to be an ideal study spot. Firstly, the café exudes a calming atmosphere, with soft instrumental music playing in the background and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air, creating the perfect backdrop for focused learning. Additionally, the café's comfortable seating arrangements and ample natural light streaming in through large windows provide a conducive environment for concentration. Moreover, the presence of other studious individuals engrossed in their work serves as a source of motivation and encourages productivity. 

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