Describe an academic course that impressed you a lot - Cue Card # 761

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

Describe an academic course that impressed you a lot.

You should say:

  • what the course was about
  • where you took the course
  • what you did during the course

and explain why it impressed you a lot.

[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:

As a student of commerce, I can’t exactly claim to have taken that many courses which could have impressed me, perhaps because I wasn’t really so much of a bright student. But, categorically speaking, the psychology class, which I took as a second-year university student, was way more different than other courses, especially, with regards to its content materials and substances. And yes, I have no hesitation to say that I was also very much impressed with it at a certain point.

Now, before taking this course as a university student, I had almost no or very little idea about “psychology” except that it was related to “arts’ or “social science”. In fact, I even told my course advisor the same thing (ie. I had no idea about “psychology” and so forth), but, in response, my course advisor just smiled and told me that I was going to find the subject interesting, nevertheless. And he was proved out to be right for the most part.

So, anyway, as I started attending the class, I suddenly discovered that I needed to do a lot of reading and cover lots of materials within a rather short period of time, I started to feel like I was actually “cheated” by my course advisor. But then things started to become interesting slowly and slowly as our teacher helped us dive deep into the subject while also teaching us things like why we behave in a certain way or how the human minds and brains really work. However, things got even more interesting at the later part of the course when we, the students, were actually put in different groups to debate about the scientific methods that are usually employed to understand human behaviour.

In the end, I was indeed quite impressed with this particular course because it very much managed to explain many complicated aspects of human behaviours and human relations in such detailed and eloquent manners. But, more importantly, this particular course has actually helped me become a better person by allowing me a better understanding of myself.

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