Cue Card Sample

Something you would like to change in your lifestyle - Cue Card # 748

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

Describe something you would like to change in your lifestyle.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • why it is important
  • when you plan to do it

and explain what you would need to do to achieve it.

[Instruction: 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:
As an employee in a large company, I've to go to the office every weekday. And we're expected to be in our cubicles before 9:00 in the morning. Although I wake up early in the morning, I can not spend much time preparing and eating a healthy breakfast at home. Since I've to drive at least 40 to 45 minutes each day to reach my office, I often bustle to leave my home and eat processed or packaged food for my breakfast. So, I'd like to change that aspect of my lifestyle and have a wholesome breakfast every day.

The importance of having a homemade and nutritious breakfast has been stressed out by many doctors and nutritionists so far. A good breakfast is even more necessary for people who remain active throughout the day and usually take their lunch after 2:00 pm. A healthy breakfast contains all the essential food ingredients and elements and keeps us vigorous to work till noon, and the habit makes us healthy and fit. 

I feel that I should be doing it right away - perhaps "tomorrow" would be the best possible time, I believe. I'm convinced that this is an important change that I should incorporate into my lifestyle without further ado. However, due to the lack of sheer determination and the lack of time in the morning to get ready for the office, I'm yet to start doing it. Practically speaking, I'd make it happen in a couple of weeks. 

I would first need to make a couple of modifications to my daily routine to consolidate this into my lifestyle. First, instead of going to bed at around midnight, I would need to do it before 11:00 pm. Then I should wake up a bit early- perhaps 40 minutes earlier, to have plenty of time to prepare and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. Since I live in my own house and have no plan to rent a place near my office, I can't shift my house to cut down the commute time. So sleeping a bit early and waking up earlier seems like the perfect solution to this.  


Model Answer 2:

One significant aspect of my lifestyle that I'd like to change is my screen time, especially on social media. In the digital age, it's easy to find oneself spending excessive hours scrolling through feeds, and I believe reducing this would greatly benefit my overall well-being. Before telling you more about it, I would like to thank you for this nice topic.

Excessive screen time, particularly on social media, has been linked to various negative impacts on mental health. It can contribute to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and a distorted sense of reality. Beyond the psychological aspects, prolonged screen time can also affect physical health, leading to issues like eye strain and disrupted sleep patterns.

I plan to initiate this change in the coming month. I know that setting a specific timeline will help me stay accountable and turn this intention into concrete action.

Achieving this change requires a multi-faceted approach. Firstly, I would set realistic limits on daily screen time, gradually reducing the hours spent on social media. Utilizing phone features that track screen time and set reminders would assist in this process.

Creating alternative activities is crucial to replace the time spent on social media. This could involve picking up a hobby, reading more books, or engaging in physical activities. Establishing a routine that includes dedicated 'screen-free' periods, especially before bedtime, can significantly improve sleep quality, I believe.

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