IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Studies.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Studies.

1. What are some popular subjects that university students study in your country? Why?
2. Do you think that university education should be free for students? [Why/Why not]
3. Do you think students from all majors should study subjects like math and history? Why/ Why not?
4. What are the differences between a private university and a public university? Which one do you prefer?
5. How technology has brought benefits to the way students prepare for their exams?
6. How the use of technology in the classrooms will bring more benefits to teachers and students? Why?

1. What are some popular subjects that university students study in your country? Why?
Answer: For years, we have seen that subjects like computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, pharmacy, business administration, medical science, public administration, international relationship, marine science and engineering, and other engineering subjects (like architectural and mechanical engineering) have remained popular. These subjects have remained popular primarily because they offer better employment and earning opportunities. They are popular also because they usually bring a greater social status and prestige for people that are not exactly associated with other subjects.

2. Do you think that university education should be free for students? Why/Why not?
Answer: No, I don’t really like to subscribe to the idea that university education should be free for students because that would tempt students to take education for granted, meaning that they wouldn’t possibly be enough serious about their studies. Besides, free education would also mean that universities wouldn’t probably have enough funds to put forth for high-level research works and structural improvements (ie. building new university residences and faculty halls) which would certainly harm the interests of students in the long run.

3. Do you think students from all majors should study subjects like math and history? Why/ Why not?
Answer: In principle, I am in favour of studying all subjects, including math and history, because the more we learn, the better will it prepare us to face the challenges of the real world.  Studying math equip us more analytical and reasoning capabilities which may prove out to be crucial in looking for a solution for complicated problems while studying history would allow us to take a more informed decision in the light of previous success and failures for identical problems or challenges.

4.  What are the differences between a private university and a public university? Which one do you prefer?
Answer: Well, as the name suggests, private universities are privately owned universities contrary to the government or state-owned public universities. Private universities are quite expensive and in many cases, offer a few selected courses. On the other hand, public universities are funded by the state and do not require high tuition fees for the students. From my personal experience I can say that, public universities large campuses and a great number of students while the opposite is the case for private universities.

Which one do I prefer? Well, as a public university student I personally prefer a public university over a private university. However, I am quite broad-minded in terms of accepting some advantages of studying at a private university. For example, a student from a private university can complete his course in due time while this is not possible at many public universities.

5. How technology has brought benefits to the way students prepare for their exams?
Answer: Technology has brought a number of great benefits to the way students prepare for their exams today. For example, today students can easily do research works on their computers by using the internet from the comfort of their homes without really going to a library. Students can also share and transmit important data and information, which are necessary to prepare for exams, in seconds by using their emails anytime and anywhere. Finally, technology has also helped students prepare for exams by allowing them to solve very complicated problems on their computers with the help of many math and engineering software and applications which wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

6. How the use of technology in the classrooms will bring more benefits to teachers and students? Why?
Answer: The use of technology can bring more benefits to teachers and students by allowing them to collaborate with each other because, in that way, both students and teachers can engage themselves in a more fun but challenging manner. For example, today, there are many teaching/learning apps, to be used on our computers, for individualized instruction. And with these apps, while students can learn at their own pace according to their abilities, the teachers can also, at the same time, work with the individual students who might struggle to learn.

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