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IELTS Essay Ideas: Is History a Waste of Time

Below are ideas for the topic of history in IELTS writing task 2. This essay is about how important history is to learn. This can relate to the subject of history as a whole or children spending time learning history. You should use the ideas given below and adapt them to the specific essay question given by IELTS.

Sample IELTS Essay Question

Some people think that studying history is a waste of time while others think that it is essential to learn. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

IELTS Essay Ideas

Below are ideas for both side of the argument. A useful definition of history is “it is the study of past events, particularly human affairs.”. It might be the study of a country or of a person in the past. It might involve a particular event or a general situation at a given time in the past.

History is a Waste of Time

  • Most people memorise dates, names and facts when they study history. This information is not useful in everyday life or for the future.
  • If we could actually learn from history, history wouldn’t be full of the same repeated mistakes. However, the same mistakes are made again and again which makes history irrelevant to learn for the future.
  • History is a subject that is rarely used in people’s lives so it would be better to focus on science or technology which is more relevant to the future and today’s society.
  • Each historical event has different perspectives. For this reason, it makes learning history a waste of time because events can also be interpreted in a different way which makes what we learn in history less valuable.
  • Many school curriculum have been set and are rarely changed. That curriculum includes little current history which is the only type of history that helps people understand the world they currently live in.

History is Important

  • History helps young people understand their own culture and how their culture and country have evolved.
  • History gives identity and helps unify people. It gives people a sense of roots and belonging.
  • History teaches people what their forefathers experienced and suffered in the past in order to make their country what it is today.
  • History teaches us about travesties which have occurred in the past, such as the Holocaust. It is essential for both people in the past, present and future to never  forget such events in order to honour the memory of those lost and to ensure it never happens again.
  • History helps us understand change. It records and helps people understand successes and failures. Through these studies people can learn about change and how others are affected by it.
  • It shows patterns of behaviour or events in the past and their outcome which can help us avoid similar outcomes in the future.
  • Learn about the past often gives a glimpse of the future. It shows a path of development that will continue past the present and into the future.
  • Valuable information can often be found in history, such as traditional medicines. Learning about past lifestyles and techniques used by people in the past can hold the secrets to remedies or cures no longer used.


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  1. http://Sana%20Riaz says

    Hi Liz
    I am your avid student and I am stuck at 6.5 in writing despite scoring band 9 in other modules.
    Can you please review my essay and give feedback? I have tried to pay heed to your advice.

    The question of whether to prioritize history over science subjects in teaching curriculum is an old one. There are valid arguments on both sides but in my opinion, more stress should be placed on teaching science and technology to the students as compared to traditional subjects like history, as it is more beneficial to the society as well as more fun and interesting for students.

    The proponents of teaching history argue that children should be familiarized with their ancestors and the ordeals that they went through to teach them important life lessons.For instance the study of Holocaust can help children in understanding the devastating consequences of human actions on the society. History also gives people a sense of identity and helps in unifying people. For example the recent addition of the subject of Egyptology was hailed as a positive development by most Egyptians and was the source of great national pride for them.

    On the other hand,some people point out and I agree that science and technology should be the major focus in school curriculum as it will help students in benefiting the society. The advancements in these fields can help in betterment of present as well as future of the nations. For example the recent developments in the field of robotic surgery have revolutionized healthcare for terminal patients. Moreover science subjects are more interesting for students as there is less memorization and more practical work. According to a study published in world education journal, visual learning in science labs is 70% more effective than the traditional lectures in subjects like history.

    In conclusion, more stress should be placed on teaching the practical science fields as compared to history as it will be more beneficial to humanity in addition to being more palatable for students.

    • http://Liz says

      This is a Discussion Essay. You have written it very well indeed. Did you get a Discussion Essay in your previous IELTS test?

      • http://Sana%20Riaz says

        Thank you, you encouragement means a lot to me.
        Last time I got a personal viewpoint essay topic….

        • http://Liz says

          With Opinion Essays it is easy to not fulfil the Task Response which can greatly affect your score. It might be worth getting my Opinion Essay Advanced Lesson to see if you are following the right techniques: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore. You also have to consider task 1. If you are taking the Academic test, there are again criteria that are easily overlooked. See this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-1-lessons-and-tips/. Your English does contain errors which might affect hitting band 9. But with the right techniques, you should be able to hit 8 or more (depending on how your write on the day). Always aim for accuracy. The main difference between 8 and 9 is the degree of accuracy in your English writing – so never aim to impress.

  2. http://ami says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for your marvellous help. I am your big fan. I am going for exam 2nd time. I hope I will get sufficient score this time and for that I required your blessings.

    Thanks a lot.

  3. http://Louis%20David says

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks a lot.

    Hope you are doing well, I would to ask if do you know what are the topics given for the month of November. I will be taking the exam by December 15th and 16th, so I would like to have initial ideas to start things right. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

  4. http://Lolo says

    Dear Liz,
    I am wondering if it is a typo in the sentence ” history gives identify ” or it should be ” identity”
    Thank you very much for all your valuable effort .

  5. http://Sajeema%20Kunhikalanthante%20Akath says

    Hello Liz,

    I know you will not put the band score, but please can you tell me is this essay enough to get a band score 7.

    Traditional subjects such as History, Politics etc were taught in schools spending more time rather than spending on teaching interpersonal and soft skills which is of greater use for students to find a good employment opportunities in future. In my opinion, although spending a good time on teaching traditional subjects, but also giving an equal or more importance to the skills could be a key solution to find a good job.

    Firstly, History as a traditional subjects , in addition schools are the best way that our child to get to know about the past tradition, culture, ancient methods, languages as well as about our ancestors, for this reasons, traditional subjects should give more importance like any other subjects in schools.Knowing more about our culture, tradition, history is the only way that we can uphold about our beliefs.

    However, due to the increased demand for the skills namely interpersonal and soft skills such as mathematical, marketing etc which is required in all enterprises or in a job market, I admit that by contrast, it is primary to teach the students about the skills in school in addition to the subject history or arts. One clear example, to illustrate here is when we are going for an interview the employer mainly look over the skills that the employee have rather than his knowledge about the traditional subjects because obviously, the employer ‘s motive is the growth of the company.

    To summarize, I firmly believe that in school the teachers should give equal or either more importance to teach their students about the skills as it is the most important factor to find a good job. Even though it is good to have knowledge about the tradition and culture.

    Is it good enough to get a score of 7? Please if you have time point out my mistakes.

    • http://Liz says

      Sorry I don’t give feedback or scores. But I will say, avoid using “etc”. Just decide on two examples and that’s enough.

      • http://Duy%20Luu%20Hoang%20Tuan says

        Hi Miss Liz! I have a question. Why should you not use “etc” in IELTS Writing? Thank you!

        • http://Liz says

          You want to showcase your English, so choose your examples carefully and no need to add “etc”. The letters “etc” means unknown, unstated examples – don’t do that in a language test.

  6. http://soni says

    hi mam,
    I am jumbled up, if the question is what extend you agree or disagree?, and am agreeing that what should my paragragraphs constitute?
    your earliest reply will be highly appreciated.

  7. http://Dario says

    Hi Liz, how are you?

    I am Dario from Argentina and I will take the exam next Saturday. First of all I would like to thank you for all the material, tips and exercises of the web.
    Secondly, if possible, I would like to to have a look on my essay and tell me what you think.

    Thanks in advance

    So many times one can hear that the study of history is pointless. Luckily, they are not the majority and other people still believe that history is one of the essential knowledges.

    Narrow-minded people may think that the past is gone and what we are living now or going to live in the future has no link with it. They focus on the future as it comes from another planet or suddenly appears from underneath a rock. They do not really see that what happens today is because something happened yesterday, which change the course of the things, made people to take other decisions and choose different things than the ones it would have chosen under other circumstances.

    Alternatively, still the most of people support and study history. History is sometimes crucial to understand what is going to happen, but also to prevent some things to happen again, as the holocaust or wars. The same way everyone as individual makes mistakes, the society as a whole do it as well. History provides us the key to think and understand when, why, how and what happen anything and act consequently next time. It is also our collective memory, therefore historians have an important role in our society.

    In conclusion, although a small group of people try to reduce the importance of history it can be easily argued and demonstrated that is groundless.
    In my opinion, history is one of the most important (and exciting) topics in human sciences.

  8. Pliz help me madam,i have an assignment of history now i want u to help me on the same topic.why history as a subject should be taught in schools? Pliz i need some points

  9. http://jamil says

    Thankyou madam ..for everything..

  10. http://kamal%20jaitly says

    To study history is like to live in past.Situations and circumstances changes from time to time.What was considered right in the past may be perceived as wrong in the present circumstances.In the past nations were ruled by the king with absolute authority at their command and can be seen described as dictator. Dictator in present age are not considered acceptable,so why to study previous kings.

  11. hello mam . provide me with the ideas in the recent topic of ielts “similarities are rising with same types of shops , products and brands all over the world . what are the merits and demerits of this ” this was the essay of ielts writing task 2 held on 26 th september 2015

    • Please see the recent questions page where some ideas have been shared.

      • http://sumon says

        Hi Mam
        I’m blessed that I found your blog at last. I’ve already got Band score 6, but my goal is 8. I’m excited to have your advanced lessons, but unfortunately I’m not sure how I can pay for that from Bangladesh.

        Could you please have a look on my Introduction and advise me, pointing the mistakes I made, what I should do?

        Thanks in advance

        Learning history is interesting and enjoyable. Studying history is prioritized by some as an effective subject although others argue against it as a waste of time. While studying history, it is possible to know about ancestors’ contribution on this modern world and the mistakes they made, although memorizing dates and names, and lack of science or technology has no usefulness in future.

  12. http://Cynthia says

    Hi Liz, in writing, is it okay ti use contractions? Because in speaking, it contractions are preferred. And is it safe to use highfalutin vocabulary such as sojourn and etc for writing task 2?

    • http://Liz says

      No, never use contractions in IELTS writing. Only use vocabulary that you can use with complete accuracy.

  13. http://Dzung%20Tran says

    Hi Liz,
    If I don’t get wrong, there is a typo in the third idea in the viewpoint “History is important”. History teaches “us” instead of “use”.

  14. http://Rachel says

    Hi Liz, I want to write a balanced essay. Would this introduction will be fine?

    People have different views about whether or not learning history is vital in our daily lives. In my opinion, studying history has a signicant importance not only in the present but also in the future generation of our society.


  15. http://Jowanagee says

    June 13 writing task 2: the statement given went something like this – a huge number of accommodation and transportation facilities emerge in big cities nowadays thus the government is asking the business sectors to relocate their businesses in rural areas. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

  16. http://Raza says

    Dear Liz,
    I have watched a lot of your videos on youtube to improve my writing skills. You are doing well for students. I aim 7 band score but you don’t tell band scores. please give me a hint how much more effort i need to achieve 7 band score. I personally think i don’t have good vocabulary for this task.
    Many people argue that gaining knowledge about history is useless but others believe that it is crucial to learn and study history in many aspects of our lives. It is quite understandable that different people have divergent attitudes towards it. In my opinion, learning history is the key to know about our lives on this planet and many more crucial things.
    People who think it is the wastage of time to learn history, have their own solid reasons. Firstly, when people study history they remember many historical dates, incidents and places, which are useless in our practical life. Secondly, while studying history students spend a lot of their time to know about past events instead of spending their crucial time for todays life. Finally, after completing their study in history, they can not do any better for our community as chemists, mathematicians and physicist do.
    On the other hand, many disagree with them by arguing that there are many advantages to learn history. For example, by learning history we will not repeat our mistakes that we made in the past. Furthermore, we can plan, advise and make important decisions, give tributes to those who spend their important lives for human well beings on this planet, by learning history.
    To summarize, in my own view, though, some people consider learning history is the wastage of time but advantages are more obvious. Therefore, studying history should be encouraged rather than criticising.

    • http://Liz says

      Don’t put unnecessary information into your introduction. The second sentence is unnecessary. Make sure you restate your opinion in the body paragraph with the side you agree with. Be careful with vocabulary “wastage of time” don’t paraphrase unnecessarily and incorrectly. Please watch my video about paraphrase because you are making some elementary errors: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-vocabulary-paraphrasing-tips/

  17. http://Manne says

    Dear Liz,
    I am aiming for band 7 in writing general module. Could please check this piece of introduction writing will reach me to the requisite band or not.
    Thank you in advance.

    Some people think that the government is wasting money on the arts and that this money could be better spent elsewhere. To what extent do you agree with this view?

    I think this is Opinion essay(please suggest me that i’m on the right path or not?)


    It is argued by some that spending money by the government to encourage arts is waste. Rather, it could be utilized on other developments. I completely disagree(what extent) with the given statement, because arts are also an inevitable activity to exhibit growth of nation.


  18. http://Aisha%20jarrar says

    Sorry I posted it before read it and correct spelling mistakes .
    Here the corrected one .

    Many people argues about learning history .While some believe that studying past events particularly in humans affairs is merely a waste of time , others appreciate history as it is considered people’s roots . In my opinion , although I agree that people’s approach in studying history nowadays is wrong and lead to waste their time , I strongly support studying people’s past event which can helps people’s future .

    With regard to the importance of studying history , history studies give people identity and help to unify generation . In other word , when people learn about their culture , language and their forefathers’ lives they can understand from where they came and to whom they belong which gives them strength and more confidence to sustain and succeed in future’s obstacles. Moreover , history studies help people To know about all events , experiences and even wrong and right decisions have been taken and their outcomes which can benefits young generation to be a ware of these mistakes and manage to avoid any similar situation in the future to evolve countries in better and accelerated ways . For instance , people in the past they were non educated and simple therefore ,when a pregnant mother giving birth they used to make it done at home without any medical supervision which lead to either mother’s death or baby’s disorder ,but today’s mothers have learned from this wrong decision and avoided it .
    On the other hand , many people think that studying history is a waste of time because most of schools’ curriculums teach student to memorize names and numbers related to historical event which are exhausting their energy rather than benefiting them in any side of life .In addition , history events have many perspectives which can be interpreted in different way , for this reason it make studying history a waste of time because their is no approved knowledge can be learned and used in present’s lives . For example , studying about the holocaust and its causes ,there is no any good aspect of studying about this historical event .

    In conclusion , I strongly support learning history but just the important and beneficial events which enrich people experiences as well as their understand of life , at the same time avoid wasting time in learning worthless details.

    • http://Liz says

      Sorry I only give comments to students who have worked their way through my lessons. Please review all writing task 2 lessons and all vocabulary lessons.
      All the best

      • http://Aisha%20jarrar says

        I am sorry I know I have a big problem in my writing , I will take arrest of writing essays and read throw your blog to learn more then will come back in better skills .

        Thank you

  19. http://neenu says

    if you have time can you please check my essay.

    some people think that studying history is a waste of time while others think that it is essential to learn. discuss both sides and give your opinion.

    History is a record of past events .Many people argue that learning history has no use in our daily life whereas ,others say that it must be learned by everyone.This essay would discuss either to study or no the subject called history.

    To begin with, it is true that memorising past events , dates ,times and people’s name has no particular importance in our day to day life, on the other hand studying science and technology is today’s need. In order to be a competent we should be always up to date with science and technology , to illustrate this view ,employers are seeking for employees who are equipped with sound skills to perform in sophisticated world.Therefore,studying history is seriously a waste of time.

    Irony, no matter how important is history in everyday life, we ought to keep in mind that our present and future is linked to our past.Significantly, getting knowledge regarding past events would protect us from repeating the same mistakes again .For an example, studying world wars alarm us the effects it may bring to the world, if there is anymore world war.Thus, school curriculum should include history .

    In conclusion, though history classes may contain irrelevant information which is not useful to our life in my opinion , we indeed lean history because it can inspire , warn as well as protect our present and future to an extend.

    • http://Liz says

      Firstly, you need to write over 250 words. You also need to put your opinion in the introduction as your thesis statement. Your opinion must be given in the body paragraphs and concluded as well. The word “irony” is not a linking device to start a body paragraph for the other side. You should use “on the other hand” or “By contrast”. Avoid using “we”. There are some grammar and vocabulary issues. Try to review my model essays to learn more about writing for IELTS. Please read the rule for posting writing before posting again: http://ieltsliz.com/rules-for-posting-writing/
      All the best

  20. http://Kiril%20Baykov says

    Good day Liz,

    First of all I would like to express my gratitude for what you are doing on your webside.

    I would like to ask you if all of the topics developed about the Writting Task 2 are concerning the Academic IELTS?

    Thank you in advance!

    • http://Liz says

      Yes, all topics can come in either the GT or academic test. The only difference is that GT essay questions are slightly easier.

  21. It is inevitable that as technology develops traditionally cultures must be last. Technology and tradition are incompatible—you cannot have both together.

    Hi the best kind teacher Liz I am so happy for using your best website and my all sections are improving significanly after using your all tips and watching your video lessons. Please! Could you check this full essay and mark it in reality. But it has been written for another topic. Thanks in advance! Best regards good luck in your job!
    In general, our world is becoming more and more technologically advanced as our existence requires ongoing progress. For many, this trend has been resulting in positive steps towards perfect lifestyle on our globe. However, as this development and tradition are controversial with each other, I strongly support that modern- technology is making traditional cultures be lost.

    Admittedly, the internet has revolutionized the modern world being catalizator for globalization as individuals from any corner of the world can have easy access to all the information on the world Wide Web, world population have begun following the mainstream culture. While less-spoken language are getting vanished for example, English is widening area and being used almost every aspects of life as a dominant language.
    Additionally, for the light of convenience in transportation, immigration that has become popular, made people’s preference of clothing, food, behavior and even customs similarly. We eat fast-food and Pizza, wear T-shirt, and listen to rock and roll or baroque music as those living in Europe, Asia or Australia. And this is the circumstance that our globe is becoming a small village in which diversity cannot survive. However, a number of gadget eased researches work investigating historical places or origions of living creatures. Complex and sophisticated tools are being used to detect and even record traditional music, as well as art so that these values can be transmitted to upcoming generations. Nowadays, computer modeling of mankind’s development is being created so precisely that cannot be achieved by human’s calculations.
    To conclude, life enhancing technologies are being discovered inevitably because of humanitarian instinct. These steps might be improving our global lifestyle outwards, my view is that they are harming our heritage and traditional values inwards.

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  24. Hi, I’m a student and new here in your website.
    I’ve a difficulty in understanding the Essay topic, especially its type. It would be great of you if you recommend me.
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  25. http://talat says

    Dear Teacher.Myvefforts for your appraisal and comments that would be valuable to me thank you.
    Introduction;By few number of population era is that,learn about past event is usless,on the other hand of population has a positive suggestion regarding learning about past event that it must copulsary for everyone ,so they could be able to know their past mistake and right steps towards compeletion their goals.
    Conclusion;according to my opinion learning about pastevents its usefull significantly for the new generation so we could able to learn about past mistakes and can uttilized the previous mistake in a affirmative aspects.

  26. http://Wadud says

    Here is my Introduction Part for the above statement, Would you please review my introduction as well as check any mistakes.
    Thanks in advance…..

    Some people think that studying history is a waste of time while others think that it is essential to learn. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
    It is matter of dispute that learning history is a waste of time and it is very important to learn history. Learn about the past often gives a glimpse of the future. I personally believe that it is our duty to know the real history.

    • http://Liz says

      It’s good. The only thing I would change is a bit of grammar: It is matter of dispute whether learning history is a waste of time or is very …”. Also don’t forget to use gerunds “learning” rather than “Learn”. You might need to review your English grammar if you are aiming for band 7 or above.

  27. http://Wadud says

    Hello Liz,
    I am sure that you are doing awesome about preparation to take IELTS exam. It is very helpful for me.
    I am just asking you about General Training Writing Module. Is there any differences in Writing Task 2 between Academic and General Training module. I mean General Training Writing is bit easy rather than Academic one.
    Would you please tell me is there any differences or not?

    • http://Liz says

      As you said, the GT writing task 2 essay questions are often easier and also there is more flexibility with less formal language. But those are the only differences. Everything else is the same so all lessons and tips on this blog can be used by GT students.

  28. Hi! the best kind teacher Liz. Thanks a lot for first of all, and your best Website that can lead to learn English very well. I have learnt immense of tips which are very useful. Could you check my introduction please! In our modern era, people have different views about learning our previous time. In my opinion, i believe that gathering enough knowledge about history can open the door to avoid not making past mistakes and lead bright future.

    • http://Liz says

      The word “history” can’t be paraphrased by “our previous time”. Don’t paraphrase unless you are completely sure because you are increasing the number of mistakes. More mistakes = lower score.
      All the best

  29. http://kinana says

    Hello Liz,
    Actually this was my task 2 in my exam, but I got shocking 5 in writing so it deteriorated my general score to 6 also make it worthless because I need minimum 5.5 in each skill for the conditional acceptance of the master degree. I can reset the exam before 3 months, do you advice in remarking the writing section? it will take two months plus 100 $.
    Are examiners put 5.5 or 6.5 so on when they marking each task or just 5 or 6 or 7?
    Thanks for your time in advance,
    Best regard,

    • http://Liz says

      When you get a remark, it will be on all 4 skills. The examiner decides 6.5 or 7 as an average mark of the scoring for each criteria. Judging from your message to me, your level of English is around 5.5. You have frequent errors in grammar. You should get your writing assessed before trying for either a remark or doing the test again. If your English isn’t strong, your score won’t be high.
      All the best

  30. http://TIME%20TRAVELLER says

    Hi Liz ,
    Hope you are well . Just want a piece of advice . I am planning to sit for ielts . which centre do you recommend , British council or idp ? I heard that examiners in BC are stricter than those in idp and that examiners in idp are more lenient than those in Bc . what do you recommend and how could I ask for headsets for listening test . Thanks a lot . Appreciate your help .

    Time Traveler

    • http://Liz says

      Examiners from BC and IDP are trained in the same way, follow the same questions and also following the same marking criteria. There should be no difference. You must get in touch with your local test center to find out if they use headphones for listening. Many students prefer headphones, so definitely check that.
      Good luck!

  31. http://Time%20Traveller says

    Hi Liz,
    hope you are well and at your best . You have triggered our imagination by this new topic .Aptly , I responded and hope that you could comment on this answer and score it . Wish you all success and eternal happiness .
    Time Traveler.

    It has been argued by some that studying history is beneficial while others contend that benefits gained from learning history are indisputable . Personally , I believe that history is intrinsic for forming one’s national and cultural identity and , therefore , should be taught and boosted .

    On the one hand ,it is thought the impact and outcomes of studying history are not as essential as those of science and technology . An example illustrating this in action is that it is physics that has led man to Earth and even space , not history . Equally importantly , though it is the study of biology and chemistry which has resulted in eliminating and treating diseases , not history . Thereupon , time and efforts should not be addressed learning history and , instead , should be directed to the most influential subjects . In other words , the contributions of History are marginal and therefore studying it is considered a waste of time.

    On the other hand , advocates argue that the benefits of studying history could never be ignored or trivialized for a couple of reasons . Firstly , Through studying history , an early deepened sense of belonging and patriotism within children is created . secondly , through examining the feats and misdeeds or the rise and fall of our ancestors , a lot of lessons and manners could be derived to help people to promptly tackle future ambiguities .

    In my opinion , I believe that history bears within printed pages and chronicle inscriptions the cultural identity of a country which could be seriously distorted and weakened if history is not aptly taught and passed to all generations .Equally importantly , though studying history creates sense of nationalism and pride . Take the history of ancient Egypt which is a taught under the theme ” Egyptology ” , it brings pride to all Egyptians all the world over .

    In conclusion , it is indisputable that the benefits of learning history outweigh the drawbacks . If teaching history id given its due time and efforts , culture and good manners of our ancestors will be aptly reserved and exquisitely passed to coming generations .

    • http://Time%20Traveller says

      I am sorry . I mean not beneficial in the first line of my introduction

    • http://Liz says

      You write well and have some very good vocabulary. You have agreed with history should be taught and is important. Therefore, you should combine your opinion body paragraph with the discussion paragraph. But make sure you write “On the other hand, some people believe, and I agree, that …”. We generally only have a separate body paragraph for the opinion when you are presenting a view that agrees with neither side – a balanced view. For this essay, it would be impossible.
      I’m glad you included an example of “Egyptology” – I’m currently learning Egyptian history and I love it 🙂
      A good essay on the whole.

      • http://Time%20Traveller says

        Hi Liz ,
        Hope you are well . Thanks so much for your nice pleasant comments comments . You have really been of a great help . Your comment that we have only body paragraph for balanced opinion is so beneficial for me . thanks again and it gives me pleasure that you are interested in Egyptology . Wish you all success and happiness .
        Time Traveller

  32. http://amel says

    hello Liz, would you please have a look at my essay?

    It is considered by many people that learning about history is a time wasting, whereas others argue that studying history is valuable. In my opinion, i believe that studying history is extremely important in term of learning about culture , and science, medicine development.

    on the one hand,history is a subject that is rarely used in people ś lives. Thus, it would be better to focus on science and technology, which is more relevant to the future. In other word, they should use the school time effectively, because students are loosing the motivation to study subjects like history that has no important role in day to day life. For instance, most people memorize dates,names and facts when they study history. This information is not useful for the future.

    on the other hand,history helps young people understand their own culture and how their culture and country have evolved. For instance,immigrants to Canada must study the Canadian history to understand how this country evolved and will help to unify people in Canada. Furthermore,Valuable information can often be found in history, how science and medicine had developed over the years. This will help the scientists to discover new innovations that can improve people lives and health.For example,Nitrous oxide has been used for anaesthesia in dentistry from the 18th century, nowadays scientists discover that such medication can be helpful to treat addictions.

    In conclusion, although history has many information that not used today, studying history is important for our present as will as for our future.

    • http://Liz says

      Don’t forget to put your opinion in the body paragraphs as well with the side you agree with. Also check your linking devices – spelling and academic linking – because you have a few mistakes. Otherwise, it’s quite good.

      • http://Amel says

        Thank you Liz for your advice i appreciated i am working on my writing for band 7 and your site is realy helpful

    • http://Liz says

      Hi Amel,

      Today, I’ll be posting a lesson about how to improve your sentences for IELTS writing. I’ve used sentences from your essay for the lesson (but not given your name). Please take a look at the lesson when it’s posted so you can learn from it.

  33. http://Ernie says

    Hi liz, I wrote an essay that was very much close to the topic above and would like to humbly ask if my points were relevant and if ever, what band will you mark it..

    Some people believe that history is very important and we must study the past to understand the present.
    Others say that it has little or no use at all.
    Discuss both views and give your opinion.

    Today in our society, there are multitude of people who believe that the things that had happened in the
    past have some connection in present time, thus studying history is of vital importance. However,
    this idea is being contended by others who consider that history should be burried as it provides no relevance
    at all.

    To begin, an argument put forward by some people is that allocating time to dig and study history is just a
    waste of precious time. It could be due to the fact that learning and reviving some of past phenomena
    do not really have any signficant benefits on our society, and maybe counterproductively, it will just bring back
    sorrowful memories of the events that had happened at some point in the past. As an illustration, studying
    how and why the Nazis executed thousand of Jews during the genocide era do no realy pose any contribution
    to modern society. Instead, by reliving a piece of that history only brings back feelings of extreme lost and
    depression. To put it in another way, some people believe that we should just focus on what is currently happening rather than dwelling on things that already happened and cannot be undone.

    However, there is a plausible theory that many hold, inculding myself, that in one way or another, history is the key to be enlightened regarding the state of our society in this very moment. Take for example the sensitive issue on how racial equality was achieved amongst African-American in the West, and as a consequence, the idea of slavery, which was once part of the norm, is now considered strongly unethical in most societies. Thus, it it is really crucial for people to have knowledge regarding the past to understand the present.

    In conclusion, although the thought of embracing history does not really have direct and advantageous effects in our society, it is still an essential component of people’s lives as it serves to give explantion about the way we are living today.

    • http://Liz says

      Don’t forget that the instructions ask you to discuss and give your opinion. Where is your opinion? You have only done half of what is asked. You must not ignore the instructions. Your opinion must go in the introduction, the body and conclusion.
      Also, I wouldn’t recommend using the “Holocaust” as an example of why people shouldn’t study history. It’s a very poor example. The Holocaust is a reason why people should learn history. I rarely comment on the type of examples given but I think you need to plan more carefully.
      Also try to present equally well developed ideas which means keep your paragraphs more balanced.
      All the best

      • http://Ernie says

        Thank you Liz

        I have to admit that history topic is quite difficult for me. Also, I will definitely consider your suggestions. ^_^

  34. http://talat says

    Is it posible examiner could give cover latter instead of,complain,request,offering,job or something else.
    Hope for the reply.
    Thank you.

    • http://Liz says

      Yes, of course. For the GT writing task 1 test, you could be asked to write a letter to apply for a position which explains where you saw the job advert, why you want the the position and what experience you have that is relevant.

      • http://talat says

        got it.

        Thank you.

        • http://talat says

          Dear Teacher,
          just now i red your rule of posting in which one sentence were very much appealed to me.is that,”WHAT BAND SCORE IS YOUR AIM”i am going for GT.
          therefore,i ve plan for bnd score 8.
          So,in this regard what would be your best advice to me.
          hope for your kind consideration for my request !
          looking forward to hearing from you.
          Best Regards.

          • http://Liz says

            I don’t give band scores. But I will tell you that to get band score 8, you need to produce sentences that are mainly without any errors in either grammar or vocabulary. That’s means excellent English. Do you have that level? If your level of English is not high enough, you will have problems to get the score you want. Get your English assessed before you book your test. Please check my band score page to learn more about the requirements for each band score.
            All the best

            • http://talat says

              Copy,thank you teacher.
              Litering in the street.
              Conclusion and introduction i try that,which is asked by you befire.
              Your comments would Be valuable for me ti make myself better.

  35. http://kyumsun says

    Hello, Liz.
    Thanks a million for helpful ideas about the history~!
    You are the best teacher~!

    Here is my introduction;

    There are arguments that whether studying history is waste of time or not. Both views have their distinctive pros and cons. In my opinion, learning their past is essential lesson for following reasons.

    • http://Liz says

      Here’s the improvement:

      There are different views as to whether studying history is valuable or not. In my opinion, I believe that history is essential to learn in terms of learning about culture, developing identity and taking responsibility for the future.


  36. Dear Liz.
    Hope you are well. I am a frequent user of your site which helps me to develop various ideas about IELTS and helps me to take my preparation. But I have still problem with the exact answer about the question for writing task 2 as to what extent do you agree or disagree. Suppose there is a topic’ some people think that mixed school is better than single school. To what extent do you agree or disagree ? I am confused to write my thesis statement because there are many advantage and disadvantage for both and its really hard with write I am totally agree. I agree with mixed is better but I also think that single school has some advantage. So how could I paraphrase this opinion based topic ? Would you please help me ?

    • http://Liz says

      If you want to write a balanced view, you will need to be very clear and specify your thoughts. Are single sex schools better for younger children? Or are single sex schools better for older children? Be clear and exact. Imagine someone asked you to write a law about types of schools – how would you write that law?

      • Thanks for reply but still I am problem. I just wanted to know how I draw my thesis statement about it whereas I know I have agreement about mixed school. but I want to tell something about single sex. Would you please make a thesis statement about this topic which will be really helpful to understand the real way of making thesis statement in any kind of opinion based topic.

        • http://Liz says

          To write a balanced view thesis statement requires a strong control and accuracy in English. I don’t recommend you try. Your English is not strong enough. Instead, it would be better for you to just choose one side. If your English language is weak and the examiner has problems understanding your ideas, your band score will not even get to band score 6. So, choose one side and aim for a higher score.
          All the best

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