IELTS Classroom:Academic Writing Task 2

IELTS Band Score10 practical tips for writing better exam essays

1. Read – write – read – write – read – write – read – write – read – write – read

What does this mean? It means that you should go back and read the paragraph you have just written before you start the next one. You may think this is a waste of time. If so, you’d be wrong.
  1. It’s important to link your paragraphs together – what more practical way to do that than just read what you have written?
  2. It helps you with words for the next paragraph – it is good to repeat some words as this improves your coherence.

2. Don’t be smart, be clear – select your best idea

This advice is particularly important for candidates who come from an academic background where they are used to being graded on quality and quantity of ideas. IELTS is different: it is quite possible to write a band 9.0 essay and not include some key “academic” ideas, let alone all the ideas. The practical advice here is to select your best idea and write about that. That means not writing everything you know – leave some ideas out. Don’t worry if it is not your best explanation, worry about whether it is your clearest explanation.

3. Write about what you know – relax about ideas

This is a similar idea. IELTS is an international exam (that’s the “I” in IELTS) and the questions are written to be answered by anyone around the world. Some people stress about finding ideas. They shouldn’t. The ideas you need are generally simple (eg”I disagree”, “This is not a good idea”). The practical solution is to think about what YOU know and what YOUR experience is. If you look at the question, this is what it tells you to do. If you come from Bonn, write about Bonn; if you come from Ulan Bator, write about Ulan Bator!

4. Examples are easier to write than explanations

In an exam you are under pressure. You want to make things as easy for yourself as possible. One practical idea to achieve this is to focus as much on examples as explanations when you write. Why? It’s simply harder if you only think “because”. Some of the ideas may be very complex and, under pressure, it can be difficult to explain these with reasons. What may happen is that your sentences become too long and the ideas confused. The practical bit is to concentrate as much on examples. This is a good idea as examples tend to be easier to write as you are simply describing situations. You should also note that the instructions tell you to use examples! All you need to do is make sure that your examples are relevant to the main idea.

5. Don’t write too much – the examiner is paid by the minute

There is no upper word limit I know of, but it really isn’t a good idea to write 350 words or more. Here’s why:
  1. Examiners will only spend so much time looking at any essay. Write too much and they will read what you wrote “less carefully”. It is easier to read/grade a 300 word essay than a 400 word essay!
  2. The more you write, the more likely you are to make language mistakes.
  3. The more you write, the more likely you are to go off topic. The examiner won’t read/grade anything that doesn’t directly relate to the question.
  4.  If you write less, you give yourself more time to choose the best words – and that’s what you are being graded on.
  5. If you write less, you give yourself more time to go back and check what you have written.

6. Writer – know yourself

One of the most famous philosophical thoughts is “know yourself”. How does this apply to exam writing? Did Plato really have IELTS in mind when he wrote his dialogues? Well, no, but… The idea is that you should check for your mistakes when you write. The practical part here is that you shouldn’t check for mistakes generally – that’s too hard and probably a waste of time in the exam. What isn’t a waste of time though is to look for mistakes you know you can correct – the ones you normally make! The really practical thing is to have your own checklist in your head before you start writing

7. See the whole essay in your head before you start writing

It’s very important that your essay is a whole – that all the bits fit together. If you don’t do that, you may lose significant marks for both coherence and task response. This means planning of course. Planning bothers some people and bores others. There are different ways to do this, but at the very least have a map of your essay in your head.

8. Focus on the backbone of your essay

This is a related point. All the essay matters of course, but perhaps some bits matter more than others. I’d suggest the practical thing to do is concentrate on the backbone of your essay, the bits that help you write better and the examiner to understand better. The backbone is:
  1.  The introduction: this should identify the question and outline your position. Don’t rush it as it is the first thing the examiner will read. First impressions count.
  2. The first/topic sentences of each paragraph: these should be clear and to the point. They should identify exactly what that paragraph is about and show how it relates to the rest of the essay. The practical tip is to keep the detail/clever ideas for the body of the paragraph. Start off general and then build towards the specific.
  3. The conclusion: this is the easiest part of the essay normally. Most often, all you need to do is go back to the introduction and rephrase it
Get these bits right and the rest of the essay tends to take care of itself.

9. Don’t just practice whole essays

The best way to learn to write essays is to write essays? True or false? My answer is a bit of both. Yes, you do need to practise writing complete essays, but it may be a mistake to do only that. The different part of essays require slightly different skills. To write an introduction, you need to be able to paraphrase the question. To write a body paragraph, you need to be able to explain ideas. To write a conclusion, you need to be able summarise. The practical suggestion is to practise writing introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions separately. Focus on skills.

 10. Focus on the question and refocus on the question

I have left this one to last as it is for me the most important idea. Essays go wrong for different reasons. Some of these you may not be able to avoid: the quality of your English may not be good enough yet. The one mistake you can always avoid is that you didn’t answer the question. Too many essays go wrong because candidates didn’t read and think about the question properly. The practical suggestion: before you write each paragraph, refer back to the question to remind yourself about what you are meant to write about. It is very easy to get carried away in exams. You may start off on topic, then you have a “good idea” as you write. So you write about that. Sadly, that “good idea” may not fully relate to the question. Big problem.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 1 – People attend colleges or universities for many different reasons

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:

People attend colleges or universities for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge etc.). Why do you think people attend colleges or universities?

You should give reasons for your answer using your own ideas and experience. Write at least 250 words. Model Answer 1: People mainly get enrolled in a college or university to achieve the necessary education and degree they require to get a job or to build a career. Having a good career is one of the main reasons people spend their time in colleges or universities but there are other reasons as well. The current society and educational structure is far different than it had been a century back when a self-educated person could gain a good career and parents could arrange private tutors to ensure their children’s education. But in today’s world colleges and universities are the authority to declare a person to have the necessary education to be ready for the job sector and without the certification from colleges and universities it is almost impossible for someone to claim a good job. People are going to colleges and universities because this is the most common way of getting education and they have no alternatives like the people of past century had. Most people are learning in colleges and universities and getting themselves ready for the future. The sole purpose of a college or university is to ensure the proper theoretical and moral education to build the ideal citizens the country needs and this is system which is unquestionably accepted by the society and people. People who do not have plan to use their certificate to get a job either because they have other career plans or may be blessed with inherited fortune. They go to these educational institutes to learn the values, ideas, knowledge and education they require to be good human. In fact education is a border line between a savage and a good man and this is another reason the society has adopted  the idea of education for all and the colleges and universities are the places to get this education in the current age. Some people go to universities to get further education to enhance their horizon or to improve their job position & salary. Others go to the colleges and universities to let the world know that they are educated. Funny this may seems, but many people simply consider the higher education as the status they require to get higher position in the society. Colleges and Universities nowadays offer specialized courses like technical courses or creative courses and  many people attend those courses simply because of their pure interests on these subjects or to gain the knowledge they need. In my opinion, getting education, learning new things, experiencing diverse cultures and customs, getting prepared for the future career, improving job position, subject matter interests and social status are the main reasons for people to attend colleges and universities. (Approximately 440 words)

Idea Generation for this IELTS Essay:

Essay Type: Opinion Essay (Give reasons). Main question of this IELTS Essay: A. Why people attend colleges or universities?

Reasons: Why people attend colleges or universities?

  • University degree nowadays is mandatory to apply for a good job. To find better job opportunity after graduation and having higher salary are thus the main reasons many students get enrolled in a college or university.
  • This is the most common and perhaps the only method nowadays to enhance our knowledge and skills.
  • Becoming familiar with the latest technology, including computer, digital systems, or medicine.
  • Better social status. After graduation, socially they have higher prestige among their family, friends, or other people.
  • More probable to be able to apply and become prosperous a highly qualified graduate abroad.
  • To improve their social skills by meeting more educated people.
  • To gain training and practical education.
  • These days without the certification from colleges and universities it is almost impossible for someone to claim a good job or to be certified to practice in a specialized field of work.
  • To learn the values, ideas, knowledge and skills.
  • Sometimes promotion and increments are the reasons many professionals get enrolled in further studies in universities.
  • Many people enroll in a special course offered by universities because of their interests in this subject or to gain the knowledge they need.
  • Many people get enrolled in a college or university to maintain a status.
  • For some this is an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skill and experience.
  • University and colleges are the best places to learn about diverse culture, people and social skills.
[The above points should be helpful to aid you generating your own ideas and then turning them in to a nicely written IELTS Essay. Add any point you think we have missed in the comment section.] Sample Answer 2: The university is a citadel of learning. It is a place where people of diverse culture, ethnicity, background and religion come together with the major purpose of knowledge acquisition. However, it is not out of place to suggest that some people come to school in other to gain information that will better equip them for their future ambition, while others still attend higher education in other to have the feeling of the tertiary education. But no matter what the reasons might be, I strongly believe that the main reason why people attend colleges and universities is to increase their knowledge.
Let consider one who comes to school for the just experience.  I believe his or her intention is not just to meet new friends because this can be done anywhere else. He or she wants to understand different behaviours and interact with persons from different areas, and various levels of intelligence. By so doing, he or she gradually imbibes knowledge at different levels and at different points. Take for instance, I know of a very good friend who always wanted to attend higher institution. When I enquired as to the particular school he wanted, her reply was simple; “ I do not have any school in mind, all I want is to go get new experience and change my environment”. However, after four years in the university, I observed that her attitude, intelligence, abilities and sagacity has increased greatly. This shows me that the ultimate end of going to the university is to acquire knowledge. Also, for those who think that their reason for going to school is for career preparation. Statistics suggests that over 70% of the persons who studied a particular course or discipline in Nigeria, do not end up practicing the same course, and are never found along the career line throughout their lifetime. Evidences abound of various micro biologists who are chief editors in news paper agencies across the nation. My best Ifeanyi, he studied petroleum engineering but he is currently working with First Bank Nigeria. In conclusion, a university for me is like a crucible, a furnace where minds are molded with the fire of knowledge in other to adapt to the outside world. We may have different reasons why we enter the colleges and universities, but one thing and only but one thing is for sure, the core reason why people attend the university and college is to increase knowledge. Alternative Answer 3: A University offers highest level of education as well as valuable degree required for the students to build their careers. University degrees are essential for the job market, to be versed in a specialized field or to be prepared for the further educations. People attend colleges or universities for lots of different reasons.  In my opinion three most common reasons for people to join a college or a university are to prepare for a prospective career, to have new experiences, and to increase their knowledge. But there are some other reasons like improving the current job position, to be specialized in a specific subject, to earn a degree to join a job or run a business etc. Career preparation is probably the primary and most important reason for people to attend colleges and universities. A college or university degree gives more opportunity to have a full-time and stable job. In comparison a university degree holder is offered a better job that pays better than others. The job market is very competitive now a day compared to any other time in past. Careers such as telecommunication, information technologies etc. need many new employees. At colleges and universities, students can learn new skills for these careers and increase their opportunities for the future. In the whole academic years, the students learn not only the theory but also practical aspects for their future job needs. The universities prepare a structured and coherent syllabus for the students and without these experience and knowledge it is almost impossible for anyone to make himself prepared for the job and the knowledge he/she required for the specified job position. Students also go to colleges or universities to have new experiences. For many, it is their first time away from home and they have to live among strangers. At colleges, they meet new people from many different places, races and cultures. They can see what life is from a different perspective. They can learn to live on their own and take care of them without having their family always nearby. The students have lots of opportunities to face the real-life situations while staying at a college or university. They learn to face the harsh situation, learn to treat the superiors, learn how to work to gain a desired aspiration, learn to work as a team member and many more. In short, colleges and universities offers so many different experiences that a student cannot get from anywhere else. At colleges and universities, students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about technology, art, history, about themselves and outer world which are impossible to achieve staying outside the campus. As they decide what they want to study, pursue their studies, and interact with their classmates, they learn a lot about themselves. They also, of course, have the opportunity to learn about many subjects in their classes. In addition to the skills and knowledge related to their career, college students also have the chance to take classes in other areas. For many, this will be their last chance to study different subjects. Colleges offer much more than career preparation. They offer the opportunity to have new experiences and to learn many kinds of things. Many job holders, housewives even businessmen get themselves admitted into universities or colleges for a diploma courses. These courses are essential in many different perspectives, like: to learn a new technology (for example: Computer related diplomas), to train up for a new career (for example: photography courses), or to make them ready for more challenging jobs (for example: MBA in Agriculture). I think all these are major reasons why people attend colleges and universities. (Approximately 600 words) (This model answer has been prepared by the site developer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible answers. You should be able to pick up the main points from this essay and organize in your own style) Sample Answer 4: Every human being with an ambition of getting higher knowledge requires attending colleges or universities. The main reason of attending universities or colleges may differ man to man. Someone may aspire to achieve greater knowledge, someone may just want to earn a certificate or someone might attribute it as a step towards career development. Whatever the reason people refer to attend universities – I would like to elaborate it as a step which is necessary for career development to grasp a required level of knowledge. I believe more or less people attend universities or colleges to gain knowledge. In university level people scatters in different groups for different subject areas of studies. Someone selects science someone selects arts. Every human being has their own selection base to get their assumed knowledge which is mandatory to accomplish their ultimate goal in career development. University or college provides a new level of experience which develops self-actualization and confidence in human being as we know the proverb, “knowledge is power”. Knowledge gives us strength and endows with skills that mold our future for betterment. People usually select their career path before entering university or college courses, for example an aspirant doctor selects medical subject as university course and therefore they join medical college. Similarly a future entrepreneur joins business school to study business in university level. I would like to elaborate before enrolling in universities or colleges we decide our future goal. Once our future goal is set we thrive to achieve it. I would like to illustrate whatever the reason people may attributes with university selection, it is always refers to achieving new experience, knowledge or a process to start a career. Well, it is sometime different for few people who has different ambitions but studying different subject matter unrelated to their goals. People attend universities and colleges for further education to ensure their job promotions. There are no alternatives to the colleges and universities to get higher degrees and thus people attend there to get the education they need to secure jobs. Interest is a subject is another reason people go to the higher educational institutes. Sometime few people attend universities as a tradition which has been referred as mandatory by society or family. A mere certificate is enough for them rather a means of gaining greater knowledge. Though, it is a rare case which represent a niche segment but as a whole we human being usually attend university or college as a hope of achieving greater understanding, new skill so that we can construct a good career in future. At the end it is essential to pronounce that whatever the reason we believe behind attending universities or college’s maximum people take it as a step towards a better future to educate ourselves with knowledge. [Approximately 460 words ]

Model Answer 5: College education is a highly revered benchmark around the world. In many countries, without a college level degree, a citizen is not considered eligible for state jobs. People attend colleges for many reasons but career preparation is the most important goal among them.

Most students enroll in colleges for bright career prospects and they study professional and job oriented courses. If achieved successfully with threshold scores, these courses increase industrial employability of learners by training them with the skills industries need. For example, many companies organize direct campus selection programs in colleges, offering professional courses, to hire ready to utilize resources with rewarding salary packages. To add to this, in many cases, based on education, employees get different remuneration for the exact same job, and college education degrees play pivotal roles in accelerating promotion processes too.
On the other hand, in addition to scintillating future career opportunities, university education also offers many new experiences. These experiences include migration to new countries, befriending new people, working while studying, and, most importantly, learning to adjust with people. If we take a look at foreign students’ data across Europe, it is eminent that around 20 % students in Universities are from Asian countries. These experiences burgeon adaptability skills to pursuers and help in turning future paradigm citizens.

Some people also attend higher university courses to enhance knowledge. Students under this section mostly pursue challenging master and doctorate degrees in their fields. Most of these learners turn researchers and help the progress of the world. Some governments offer enticing whooping packages to the best minds to convince latter to select this study stream.

Finally, considering all reasons to attend colleges or universities, it is clear that the paramount reason is career growth. However, ‘gaining new experiences’ and ‘enhancing knowledge’ are also prodigious reasons.
[ Approximately 398 words ]
Sample Answer 6: All the human beings are of different nature and similarly their interests are not the same. A few love to sing while others like to listen the music. Same way people attend the colleges and universities have different respective prospective or purposes. Mainly people go to such places for their better career which dramatically affect their future life, to gain the knowledge and to be a good human being, while some attend colleges for enjoyment and to get rid of their homes. But I feel that Colleges and universities should be regarded as a place of worship which give us sense of good living, spread knowledge and enlighten our life from darkness. First of all, if we discuss about rich parent’s youngsters, most of them come to the colleges for their time pass and making ruckus in college. All the day they make havoc everywhere. Study is just a trivial matter for them. They have no worries about money wastage or future scope. Hence such students get enrolled in colleges for their own willingness to fulfil their ambitions of entertainment etc., but it never means that all are alike. If we look on other side of the coin, there are some students who are even not able to fill their college fee due to lack of sources but they are dedicated to learn and work hard. They want to study hard to become a successful person. Such students attend the colleges and universities for studying mainly, because they just focus on their motto of life. Enjoyment and other activities are meager to them. Secondly , another type of students are their which we can say in middle class family students which can be of mixed behavioural response regarding admission in colleges as either for making friends , fun and study also. By participating in different college events they can fill their life with enthusiasm and charm, because they are totally not focused for only study or totally for enjoyment. Hence they are involved in overall college or university atmosphere. On the behalf of above, it did not mean that these particular types of students are liable strictly to respective activities in colleges but majority of them are in such manner. In the end we can conclude that colleges and universities are for social and individual wellbeing of all. They help to build our character. Every student can get the characters of bonhomie, candid behaviour, bright future and spreading life by proper studying sincerely and and overall body growth by participating in extra co-curricular activities of college. [ pproximately 410 words  ]
Sample Answer 7: A complete consideration of people’s views about whether to attend colleges or universities is difficult to present because they are so varied. Some would believe that continuing their education is a brilliant way of obtaining the best of both worlds gaining new acquaintances and securing a higher level of education, which might in the future, pave the way to a better job. I have developed my own perspectives as well. There are 3 reasons why I’m convinced that people decide to attend colleges. One absolutely cardinal reason is the fact that universities offer an opportunity to intensify knowledge in a particular field of your interest. On the contrast, high school educations tend to focus more on a board but relatively shallow understanding of various subjects. Thus, the option of gaining expertise universities offer is certain to catch the eyes of students. The second reason is rooted in the fact that humans are social animals. Therefore, when surrounded by a group of friends all applying for admission to colleges, one might feel the impulsive urge to join. It is considerably hard to be persistence in one’s own beliefs and perspectives. Equally essential to the previous two reasons concerning why people choose to continue their education is that a college degree is no longer considered to be “higher education”, but rather “basic education”. In this day and age, numerous companies regard bachelor degrees as the most basic and foremost requirement. When education level determines the chances of acquiring a job, it leaves you little choice but to keep on studying. By way of conclusion, whatever your choice may be, it is essential to think through all aspects before making a final decision.

[ pproximately 280 words  ]

Model Answer 8: People attend colleges and universities for various reasons such as gaining more knowledge and enhancing their skills. In the universities people learn many new ways to learn things and improve their talent. Students after completing their schooling or under graduate courses opt for higher education in universities because of various circumstances around them.

Firstly, they prefer education in reputed universities in order to achieve their goals and dreams in life. People try to do their higher education for their career enhancement such as for promotions in the company they work. Usually persons with high level of knowledge in any field will be paid more than the other people with limited skills. This is also a major reason for a person to prefer higher education. For instance in the case of an Information Technology professional a person with higher level of knowledge and skill in designing a software will be paid more than a person who tests the developed product. In addition to that people pursue their education in universities in various other countries for the sake of exposing to the new environment, culture, customs and learn how to mingle with people. This scenario is generally seen in students trying to do their business degree. Students come know about the new trends across the world and learn how to deal with various kinds of businesses and improve the economy of their country. Moreover, learning the ways of interacting with the people is a good sign of a healthy society. On the other hand people not only attend the universities for gaining knowledge and improving their job position but also out of their immense interest in a particular field and curiosity to invent new things in that specific field. In my point of view I think people attend universities and colleges for the purpose of gaining more knowledge, experiencing various cultures and customs, improving their job position and their intense desire and passion towards a particular field. (Approximately 325 words)
Sample Answer 9: Certain people think they attend colleges/universities to gain knowledge where as some other people think to prepare for their career. Another set of people prefer to attend college to get new experiences. Universities dictate the society with the values present in education .some people prefer to attend college to gain knowledge and apply their knowledge in their day to day life .These people choose university to increase their knowledge  only which is useful to the society and they are least bothered about the jobs or job market. Universities should produce knowledge based professional but not job seekers. People who got sufficient knowledge can overcome any issue in their daily life as well as career. My friend, sham came out of Hindu university with sufficient knowledge never worried about career. He can easily transoms from one field to another with his vast knowledge what he gained from university. There is other side of the coin always. Some people prefer to attend universities to increase their career chances as they are so much interested in good profitable career. And companies also prefer certain universities only to recruit for their openings. I selected Nehru University to do my post graduate in computers to attract top IT giants and it really worked for me. Some other set of people choose universities to get new experiences and enhance their knowledge or to get suitable job for them. Ram, one of my state ministers choose university to get experience in student politics and got successes in main politics also. In conclusion, I prefer to attend college to gain knowledge and not only career or experience only. People who gained knowledge in their core area always get successes in any other area.
(Approximately 285 words)
Model Answer 10: Universities and colleges always play an important role in the wellbeing of individual as well as the wellbeing of family and the whole nation. However there are different type and status of people who are attending colleges and universities for different purposes. Each university and collage has an ultimate goal is to convert knowledge and experiences from past generation to present generation, and preparation a good citizens for the society. A well-educated individual and nation can face any challenges of the world. People going universities and colleges are getting different experience for life in a good way and socially accepted ways. They meet students from different cultural, religious, race, color and languages; in addition they can get information from all people they have met in their student life. And they are getting new knowledge and information from teachers and books. And in practical life they implement this knowledge and experience for the betterment of nation. Beside this peoples attend colleges and universities getting a degree which enable them to spend prosperous, future and save their future getting ruined. Without college or university degree it is impossible to get a good job in any reputable organization. My opinion is also the same the main purpose people attending colleges or university is gaining knowledge and experience which enable them to lead a successful life, make them sound and mature who can take a right decision for themselves.
Sample Answer 11: It’s true to say that people take admission in college and universities for higher education with different intentions. Over all, it depends on the economical and social status of countries. According to my point of view, in today’s world most of the people get higher education to earn money, especially the residents of underdeveloped or third world countries like Pakistan. In this essay I will elaborate my view with reasons and examples. First, if we see in low income countries like Pakistan, where life is striving for the basic needs like foods and shelters, most of the youths of Pakistan take admission in subjects like M.B.A, Information Technology and other science subjects for better scope of having better careers and earning good money. Their basic needs for survival outweigh other ethnic values of education. Very few students take interest in arts and other non technical education. While somehow in the west or developed countries where government ensures basic needs of the people, have a different reasons for people to attend colleges and universities.  Most of students in west still follow the true meanings and reason of education. They take admission in universities to increase their skills, knowledge and characters. That is the reason of progress in research and development. On the balance, I must say that humans of all over the globe have lost the true meanings of education except in very countries in the west. Man has increased the needs and demands for more comfort or for other reasons, but, it is the economical situation of nations which defines the trend of education move towards money or moreover towards aesthetics. On the balance, I must say that people of all over the globe attend the schools and universities to increase their scope to earn the better income. We have lost the true meanings of education. Lust for money has taken over the thrust and great values of knowledge. It is one of the proofs that now the world rarely produces the great characters like Rumi and Newton.
Model Answer 12: “From here, light and sacred draughts.” – The motto of Cambridge University tells people a university is the place where enlightenment and precious knowledge is awarded. Since the establishment of the first university, it has been great honour to be accepted. Today, universities and colleges are much more accessible and therefore, more people prefer to receive a higher education. Several reasons are presented in this essay. First of all, a large proportion of people study there for the purpose of a degree, which is beneficial, or even necessary for job application. With a higher degree, applicants are more likely to find a better position. However, with increasing number of students pouring in, the quality of education may be reduced, particularly by students with little eagerness for study. Acquiring knowledge appears to be the main reason for most students. A university or college is believed to be the most ideal place to learn meaningful or useful knowledge. Through libraries, knowledge and ideas of people all around the world can be shared. On the other hand, teaching standard is much superior to high schools. Thanks to these abundant resources, a student can dive into the ocean of knowledge freely. Nonetheless, the real essence of a university is not knowledge itself, but the methodology of learning. When we scrutinise the synopsis of any programmes, those structures seem to be similar, which without any exceptions, direct to the ability to learn. Perhaps this is the reason why companies have preference on a higher degree. Good ability of learning accompanies one with his whole life. Hence, studying in a university is undoubtedly a precious experience. After the analysis above, it turns out that the reasons of receiving higher education are tightly bound to each other. An opportunity of secondary or tertiary education is advantageous in every aspect. Consequently, numerous people are attending universities and colleges. [Written by Jifang Zhang]  
Sample Answer 13: In schools we are completing our primary and secondary education. Colleges or Universities are there to provide third stage of our education level. Only few people getting opportunity to attend to their third level of education. The reason why people attend to colleges or universities may differ among person to person. Some people attend to colleges after leaving from school is to improve their skills such as vocational qualifications. This is a kind of career preparation for their life. They will learn new skills and new knowledge on vocational trainings such as, dress makings, carpentry, welding, aluminium fittings, auto mobile, phone repairing, electrical and electronics are some technical training provided in some colleges. Some are attending to Universities to follow degree or diploma in education, agriculture, medicine, engineering, bio chemistry and etc. These are to shape their future career by increased knowledge on particular field. Many of these courses are teach as full time in government organizations and part time in many private organizations. Nowadays education became a competition, since many are attending to universities and colleges. Each person need to obtain a degree or diploma has become an essential element to find a good job. The educational qualification is the base to provide many good jobs in reputed firms and in higher positions. Therefore, many people attend to these places to improve their educational qualifications to get a good job. Other than this, educated people earn higher salary than uneducated people. Nowadays money became as a life. To live a comfortable life, people try to improve their educational qualifications in order to find well paid positions. Educated people become prestigious position in the society. Others follow educated people’s value, rules and standards. People wanted to respect by others. Therefore, they need to get graduation, post-graduation, Masters’ degree, Honor, Doctorate and etc. Mentioning their educational qualifications behind their name is a prestige for many people. Therefore, some people attend to Universities or Colleges, to improve their prestige. Some want to spend the time productively. If a bachelor need to spend the weekend, could be spend with their friends. Some bachelors attend to weekend classes to complete a degree before they engage in important responsibilities in life. Therefore, why people attend to colleges or universities may give many answers as per the need of the people. There may be one reason or many reasons behind the fact why they do this.
Sample Answer 14: To face the period of development, as people, we have to make competition with others to get what we want and what we need. One thing that people can do is try to get high education. Nowadays people try to develop their ability in collages or university. In reality attending in university will help us to become great people in the future. There are two reasons why people have to attend collages or university, such as to reach the desired level and to satisfy their life. Firstly, becoming a success person is a dream to all the people in this world. To reach our desire, definitely we will have to do something. We should make a sacrifice so that it happens. “Better education, Better Life”, is a motivation quote and will help us to build our spirit. People will have huge opportunity if they have good education. In my experience there are some of my uncles who have great job because they have higher education and degree. In reality all companies need people who have high qualification related to their education to join their company. Secondly, in life people need something that will make them satisfied. Satisfying in life is an important thing in people’s life, which can make them happy. Having high qualification in education and having good job will make people useful for others. For instance, a child in a family when becomes a success person, s/he can make the parents proud and can give them happiness. They can also go to some tourism destinations for vacation or buy a house or invest for future, and so on. In conclusion, attending in college or university is important because it will help us to face the period of development, to face how beautiful the world is, and most significantly: we can make people proud of us. [ Written by Keith Francis Ratumbuisang ]
Sample Answer 15: In recent times it has become a wide spread trend that colleges or universities are not just about education and teaching, but it has become a much broader concept in comparison to older times. People nowadays consider attending colleges or universities for many different reasons and it is quite common that people consider attending colleges or universities as a general trend, though there are many other reasons behind this. Over the years education has changed and evolved itself to the changing trends and viewpoints of people and so has the concept of students of education and places where education is offered namely colleges and universities. Student’s these days not only look for the quality of education offered but their view varies from facilities offered, the extra-curricular activities offered and the type of student culture that exist within the college. A student joining a college these days not only plan on just graduating out but also assess his options or scope to improve his other talents, thus he plans on nurturing them and improving it further. For example, one of my friends recently joined for MBA in one college but the final deciding factor over other college’s was, the sports facilities offered to him at his present college. Earlier times it was just about the quality of education offered and nothing else. By this I conclude by saying, by changing times the system in place gets modified or adaptive to the view points of the students which lies not just on educational perspective but for other reasons too.
Sample Answer 16: A college is a place where learning processes take place and go beyond the stereotypic academic learning experience. People attend colleges or universities for a lot of reasons which range from academic, social and other personal reasons. In my opinion, one should not limit his/ her college days to just learning academics and should take the opportunity to learn whatever good knowledge comes his/ her way. First and foremost, a college or university is meant to increase a person in academic knowledge. For example, a student who gets admitted into a university to study medicine should first of all learn about the different diseases and know how to treat them appropriately. As such, a person learns how to be a good doctor. Secondly, a college or university prepares one for the career an individual is going to face in the near future. It teaches what to expect in a person‘s line of study. For instance, while I was a medical student in the university we were educated on the career prospects of a medical doctor, the various places we could work and what would be expected of us when we eventually get there. In addition, an individual mingles with the different people from different social strata, ethnicities, localities and race while in the university. Therefore, you get to learn about different cultures and values. For instance, my roommate in the university was a Sudanese. I learnt about different Sudanese dishes and also picked up a few Arabic words from him. In conclusion, the university is not only a place for academics. You get prepared for the career ahead and also learn some social values and cultures. One should be able to utilise the few years in the university to pick up as much relevant knowledge as possible.
Sample Answer 17: College and university play an integral part in student’s life for various personal and professional reasons. Whether it can the continuation of higher studies to get a desired job or for creating a network with friends at social level through college life, it is important to get admitted in these institutions. College life offers kind of experience where people continue their career prospects upon a particular field where there are diversified list of options to choose from. Nowadays, as compared with earlier years we have more options because of which there has been a surge in competition level as well. For instance, for a commerce background student there were limited options like being chartered accountant or company secretary etc. Whereas today we have lot more options including these to sustain at fast pace world. As students we make ourselves much more matured through this phase of life. Students at their college level want to experience a fun part as well like making new friends, bunking classes, pulling each other’s leg and etc. It is a kind of life which people want to experience before they get into adult phase of their life. For example, most students tend to make their girlfriends at the college. Whether it can be their craze or kind of peer pressure to have one as they cannot resist themselves when they see others are having one. Not only this, people even get jealous of their pals when find a beautiful woman with someone else and wish they could also have one. Thirdly, college life brings us plethora of new experiences during this phase of life. It is during this period we learn how to balance our life both on professional and personal front as well. We also learn how to accept our failures and work on it. In addition to this, we try to find a hidden talent in terms of career perspective as well. To sum up, college life plays a significant role towards the building up of next phase of life. As it focuses on career prospects, increased knowledge and various factors to look on, it is important for each individual to spend time in a college or university. Sample Answer 18: Certain people think they attend colleges/universities to gain knowledge where as some other people think to prepare for their career. Another set of people prefer to attend college to get new experiences. Universities dictate the society with the values present in education. Some people prefer to attend college to gain knowledge and apply their knowledge in their day to day life. These people choose university to increase their knowledge only which is useful to the society and they are least bothered about the jobs or job market. Universities should produce knowledge based professional but not job seekers. People who got sufficient knowledge can overcome any issue in their daily life as well as career. My friend, sham came out of Hindu university with sufficient knowledge never worried about career. He can easily transoms from one field to another with his vast knowledge what he gained from university. There is other side of the coin always. Some people prefer to attend universities to increase their career chances as they are so much interested in good profitable career. And companies also prefer certain universities only to recruit for their openings. I selected Nehru University to do my post graduate in computers to attract top IT giants and it really worked for me. Some other set of people choose universities to get new experiences and enhance their knowledge or to get suitable job for them. Ram, one of my state ministers choose university to get experience in student politics and got successes in main politics also. In conclusion, I prefer to attend college to gain knowledge and not only career or experience only. People who gained knowledge in their core area always get successes in any other area. Sample Answer 19: Education is an inevitable part of human being in this modern era, the main reason for this is to gain a better job. The focus of this essay is to scrutinize some reasons of attending college or universities in the following paragraphs. First and foremost, the primary reason is that to get a better career. In order to be employed one should be academically qualified, as the unemployment is increasing the demand for job is also increasing hence the more qualified and experienced you are, the higher chance you get to be settled with a better job. The second reason is that to gain more knowledge vocationally. Attaining knowledge is vital for a better productive and quality work. For example engineer has to attend college or university in order to study the basics and logic behind the subject scientific theories. On the other side, drawback of attending college or university is that education is considered as a status in the society from the olden days. Thus people who are not skillful will go to universities in order to get higher positions. For example pupil who is not skillful select to learn medicine to become doctors by paying millions of donation to get respect in the society. One of the other reasons is that education in universities changed as a routines steps taken by younger generation as a part of life. Thus the need for education is often forgotten by students during their studies and won’t give attention in it To conclude, main aim attending college is to gain knowledge and get into safe career. People attending college is for a better cause mostly but like the other side of a coin there can be wrong intention also which can be managed.

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