Cue Card Sample

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 1:

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.

Model Answer 2:

Thank you a lot for this wonderful topic. During our academic years, we study various courses. Some of them are compulsory, while others are optional. In my case, I have attended several courses throughout my academic journey. However, there was one course that impressed me the most, and I still remember it vividly.

The academic course I'm talking about is called "Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management." I took this course during my final year of graduation from the University of London. The course was taught by a seasoned professor who had vast experience in the field of entrepreneurship. The duration of the course was one semester.

The course was designed to teach the basics of entrepreneurship, including identifying business opportunities, developing business plans, raising capital, and managing small businesses. During the course, we were assigned to develop our own business plans and pitch them to a panel of industry experts. We also had to conduct market research, analyze financial statements, and develop a marketing strategy. The course was challenging, and it required a lot of hard work and dedication.

The course impressed me a lot for several reasons. Firstly, it provided me with practical knowledge and skills that I could use in real life. Secondly, it was taught by a professor who had practical experience in the field of entrepreneurship, which made the course more insightful and relevant. Finally, the course gave me the opportunity to develop my own business plan, which was a valuable learning experience. The course helped me to build my confidence, and I learned that I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it.

Sample Answer 3:

During my high school years, I had the opportunity to take an academic course that left a profound impression on me – Physics. The subject of Physics has always fascinated me, and this particular course enhanced my understanding of the natural world and its underlying principles. I am so fascinated by this subject that I'm planning to take physics as my major in college.

What the course was about:
The Physics course I took in high school covered various fundamental concepts of the subject, such as mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and optics. We delved into the laws of motion, the behaviour of light, and the study of energy and forces. The course aimed to provide students with a solid foundation in Physics and encouraged us to explore the practical applications of these principles in real-world scenarios.

Where you took the course:
I took this Physics course during my sophomore year in high school. Our school had well-equipped laboratories and experienced teachers, making it an ideal environment for learning and conducting experiments.

What you did during the course:
Throughout the course, we engaged in a variety of activities to deepen our understanding of Physics concepts. We conducted experiments to verify theoretical principles and understand their practical implications. I remember performing experiments with pendulums, inclined planes, and electrical circuits, which helped solidify the theoretical knowledge we had learned in the classroom.

And explain why it impressed you a lot:
This Physics course impressed me significantly for several reasons. Firstly, the teacher's passion for the subject was contagious. Their enthusiasm and dedication to teaching inspired us to develop a genuine interest in Physics. They encouraged us to question, explore, and think independently, which fostered a positive learning environment.

Moreover, the course introduced me to the wonders of the natural world and the elegance of scientific principles governing its phenomena. Understanding the laws of motion and the behaviour of light, for example, provided me with a new perspective on everyday occurrences.

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