Cue Card Sample

When you received some positive feedback - Cue Card # 717

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

Describe a time when you received some positive feedback.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what the feedback was related to
  • who gave you the feedback

and explain how you felt about it.

[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:
I have been lucky to receive many positive feedbacks on many occasions, although I must admit, I don’t think all of them were well-deserved. In fact, I feel like many of those positive feedbacks were thrown at me just to be nice to me. But, I can remember at least one feedback, which I received about 7 years ago as a university student, as a genuine one.

To tell the story, when I was a university student, I used to do some home tutoring for high school students, teaching mostly the subjects of general science which included physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. By the way, I liked to do this home tutoring thing because it allowed me to remain in the mood for studying since I was also studying science as a university student. Besides, it also helped me a little with my pocket money.

Anyway, while all of my students, taking home lessons from me, were reasonably smart and talented, at least one of them was a bit weak in understanding the science subjects, especially, mathematics. So I decided to inform his parents about his weakness while also asking the student to spend extra time with me every week to get proper math lessons. Needless to say, his parents agreed, and I started my mission to help him understand math as best I could.

If I remember correctly, I gave him home tutoring for only about 5/6 months, but his improvement, as well as performance, was stunning which was reflected in his next final examination. In fact, on his next math test, he got an 80% mark while his average score was only around 45 in the previous years. After seeing such a huge improvement in the result of their son, the parents of that student gave me very nice feedback.

After receiving that huge note of appreciation, I felt really good and proud of my achievement. In fact, I took it as a challenge. Besides, in this way, I also achieved a higher level of confidence in my own studies and professional goals. All in all, it was a great experience.


Model Answer 2:
Receiving positive feedback is always uplifting, and one such memorable instance was during my participation in a collaborative project at work. For this topic, I will share this experience with you.

The notable occasion occurred about six months ago, during the quarterly project review meeting at my workplace.

The feedback was related to a collaborative project I had been actively involved in. The project aimed to streamline internal communication processes, and my role was significant in developing and implementing the digital platform.

The positive feedback came from our team lead, Mr. Anderson, who was overseeing the project. During the project review, he commended my dedication, innovative ideas, and collaborative spirit, highlighting the positive impact on the project's success.

Hearing Mr. Anderson's commendation in a room full of colleagues was genuinely gratifying. His words weren't just about the project; they acknowledged the effort, creativity, and teamwork that I had invested in. It was particularly rewarding as it came from a respected leader in the organization.

The feedback had a profound effect on my morale and work satisfaction. It served as validation for the extra hours and creative solutions I had contributed. Knowing that my efforts were not only recognized but also praised by a leader of Mr. Anderson's stature motivated me to continue giving my best in the work. 

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