Your studies questions

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Your Studies

Notes: For high school students or recent high school graduates who have not yet started university, the word «school» or «high school» will be used instead of «university». If you are no longer a student now and have not yet started to work, the questions will be about the last time you were a student, either high school or university and asked in the past tense.

Your subject (= your major)

  • What subject(s) are you studying?
  • Why did you choose to study that/those subjects?
  • Was that an easy choice to make?
  • Have you always wanted to study that subject?

Family support for your choice

  • Did your family help you choose that course?
  • (Similar to above) Did your family have any influence on your choice of subject?
  • (Similar to above) How do your parents feel about your choice of subject?
  • (Similar to above) Did your parents agree with your choice of subject?
  • (Similar to above) Do your family support your choice of subject? (Note: British English often or usually treats the word «family» as plural, and as a result, the wording in the test is probably, «Do your family…?» However, Americans and many other people treat the word «family» as singular and ask, «Does your family support your choice of subject?» The most sensible thing to do is to answer the question the same way it is asked.)

Liking your subject(s)

  • How do you feel about your studies/your subject/your subjects?
  • (Similar to above) How do you like your studies/your subject/your subjects?
  • Do you like your subject? (= your major = your subjects if a high school student)
  • Have you always wanted to study _____ (your course or major)?
  • (For university students) What are your favourite classes/courses/subjects at university? (Unclear which word is used)
  • (For high school students) What’s your favourite subject at school? (Don’t say P.E. – that’s not really a subject that people study.)
  • What’s the best part of your studies?
  • What part of your course do you like best?
  • (Similar to above) What part of your subject do you like the most?
  • Which class do (did) you enjoy the most? (Why?)
  • Is there anything about your subject you don’t like?
  • Do you think it’s important to choose a subject you like? (Why?)

The popularity of your subject

  • Do many people in your country choose to study this subject? (Why?)
  • Is this a popular subject at your university? (= Do many students study this at your university?)
  • (Similar to above) Is this a popular subject in your country?
  • Do you think it’s popular because people want to gain knowledge or is there some other reason?
  • What are the most popular subjects (= university degree courses) in your country?

Interest

  • Is your subject interesting? (Why? /Why not?)
  • (For university students) What’s the most interesting thing about your subject? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) What’s the most interesting part of your subject?
  • (Similar to above) What’s the most interesting part of your studies?
  • (Similar to above) For you, what’s the most interesting part (or subject or class) of your course?
  • (For high school students:) Which of your subjects is the most interesting? (Why?)
  • What part of your subject do you like the most?
  • (For high school) What’s the most interesting of your subjects at school?
  • Do you think it’s important to choose a subject you are interested in? (Why?)

The importance of your subject

  • For university students: How do you think your subject is important? (You can answer how the subject is important to you, not just important to society. Or you can mention the importance to both you and to society.)
  • For high school students: How do you think your subjects are important? Or: Which of your subjects do you think are the most important? (Why?)
  • Do you think it’s important to study something that you like?

Study efficiency

  • Do you prefer to study in the mornings or in the afternoons?
  • (Similar to above) Do you study better in the mornings or in the afternoons?

Specific course content: for university students

  • How do students in your course learn this subject? 
  • (Similar to above) How do you learn this subject?
  • What (specific things) do you learn in your course (in your studies)?
  • (Similar to above) What do you learn in that course?
  • (Similar to above) What have you learned in your course?
  • (Similar to above) What subjects (classes) do you have in your course (in your studies)?
  • How do you study ________ ? (The examiner chooses one of the subjects in your course)
  • Do you think (all of) those subjects are useful to you?
  • Can you describe your course?
  • (Similar to above) What (specific things) do you learn in your course?
  • What do you usually do in class?
  • What’s your favourite thing to do in class?
  • What have you been studying in the past year?
  • Are there any particular skills that you learn in your studies?

Specific course content: for high school students 

  • How do you study ________ ? (The examiner chooses one of your subjects)
  • Do you think (all of) your subjects are useful to you?
  • What do/did you learn in _________ (one of your high school subjects)?

Your university/school

  • Where do you study? (What university/school and in what city?)
  • What school (or university) do you go to? 
  • Why did you choose to attend your university/school (instead of choosing another one)?
  • (Similar to above) Why did you choose this school to study your particular subject?
  • How long have you been going to that school/university?
  • Does your university/school specialize in any particular subject?
  • Do you like your university/school? (Why?/ Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) What do you think of your school/university?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like studying there?
  • What’s the best part of studying there?
  • Do you have any recreational or entertainment activities at your school/university? (Past tense if not at school or university right now)
  • Would you say your school/university is a good one? (Why?)
  • What do you most like about your university/school? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) What part of your school/university do you like best? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) What’s the best thing about your university/school? 
  • Which is the best university in your country (or, city)?

Time spent as a student

  • How long is your course? (How long do you have to spend studying before you graduate?)
  • How long have you been a student?
  • (Similar to above) How long have you been studying this course?
  • (Similar to above) When did you start studying ____ (your subject)?
  • What year are you in?
  • When did you start this course and when will you finish it? (= How long have you been doing this course?)
  • (Similar to above, for high school students) How many years have you spent in school? 
  • (Possible question) What year are you in at school/university?
  • Do you attend classes every day?

Difficulty

  • Do you think that’s a difficult subject to study?
  • (Similar to above) Is your subject very challenging (or difficult) to study?
  • (Similar to above)  Would you say it’s stressful to study that?
  • What’s the most difficult (or, stressful) part of it?
  • (Probable question) Do you think that you are overloaded with study?
  • (Similar to above) Do you feel you are studying too much?
  • (Possibly) Does studying make you feel tired?
  • What do you do when you have a problem (or difficulty) with your studies?
  • Do you think _______ is a difficult subject to study? (For high school students. Examiner chooses one of your subjects.)
  • What’s the most difficult part of your course?
  • (Similar to above) What’s the most difficult part of your studies?
  • (Possible question for high school students or graduates) Are (or, were) your subjects at school very difficult?
  • (Possible question for high school students or graduates) Which subjects at school do you (or, did you) find difficult and which do you (or, did you) find easy?

Help with studies

  • Is there anyone who helps (helped) you (with your studies) at university/school? (Who? In what way?) (Who gives you the most help?)
  • Who gives you more help, your teachers or your classmates?

Study tools, equipment, facilities

  • What «study tools» (or equipment) do you use?   
  • Do you think these tools are useful? 
  • What facilities are there at your school/university to help you in your studies?
  • Do you use computers in your studies?
  • What do you use them for?

Studying with others

  • Do you prefer studying independently (= studying alone) or with others (or, in a group)? (Why?)
  • What do you do with your classmates?  (If answering that you prefer to study with others.)

Friends at university/school

  • In what ways (or, how) do you associate with your classmates (or other students doing your subject)?
  • (Similar to above) What things do you do with the other students who are also studying your subject?
  • Are you good friends with your classmates (schoolmates)?
  • (Similar to above) Do you get along well with your classmates (schoolmates)?
  • (Similar to above) How do you get along with your classmates (schoolmates)?
  • (Similar to above) How do you feel about your classmates?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like your schoolmates?
  • Do you ever talk to students who are studying different subjects to you?  (= students from different courses)
  • Do you think you will continue to be friends with him/her/them after you graduate?
  • (Similar to above) In the future, do you think you and your friends will continue to be together (or, continue to be friends)?
  • How do you think you will maintain your friendship(s) after you graduate?
  • (Similar to above) How will you keep in contact if you are not together?
  • (For graduates) Have you kept up (maintained) your friendships from university (school)?
  • Are there any classmates/schoolmates who you dislike (disliked)? (Who? Why?)
  • Do you often get together with ( = go out with = do things in your free time with ) your classmates after classes? (What do you do?)

Holidays

  • What holidays from university/school do you have during the year?

The syllabus / extra-curricular activities

  • What do you think of the course contents / the school curriculum?
  • Does your school/university have any extra-curricula activities? (What?) (‘Extra-curricular’ = ‘after school’)
  • What do you like to do after classes?

Student life

  • Tell me about your student life. (= Tell me about your life as a student)
  • Do you like university life?
  • (Similar to above) Do you enjoy being a student? / Do you like university life?
  • (Similar to above) How do you like university life? (= How do you feel about life at university?)
  • (Similar to above) What part of university life do you like best? (Why?)
  • What’s the best part of being a student?
  • When you start working, do you think you’ll enjoy that more than being a student?
  • For you, what’s the most enjoyable part of being a student?

Study place (eg. your bedroom, the library)

  • For you, where is the best place to study? (Why?)
  • Do you get annoyed when people disturb your study?

Working part-time

  • Do many students in your country work part-time? 
  • Do you think it’s good for teenagers to have a part-time job?

Future work

  • Do you have any particular work or study goals? *
  • What are your future work plans? (after you graduate)
  • (Similar to above) What do you plan to do after you finish your course?
  • (Similar to above) What work would you like to do after you finish your studies?
  • Why do you want to do that kind of work?
  • How do you plan to get that job (or, that kind of work)?
  • Do you think it will be easy for you to get a job (or, that job) after you graduate?
  • (Similar to above) How difficult do you think it will be to achieve your career goal?
  • Is there much competition to get that kind of work?
  • (If finished studies) Have you applied for a job yet?
  • After you graduate, what effect do you think you will have on society?
  • After you start working, do you think you will prefer that kind of life to being a student?
  • Do you think the things you are studying now in school/university will prepare you well for your future work?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think what you are studying now is very useful (or, relevant or, important) for this type of work?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think it will be easy to find work after studying what you are studying now? (= find a job based on what you are studying now.)
  • (Similar to above)  Is it easy to find a job with this major?
  • Do you think it will be easy to find that kind of work (without help)?
  • When you start working, do you think you will prefer that to being a student?
  • What jobs are most popular (among young people) in your country?
  • (Possibly) What kinds of jobs can people do after studying _______ (your subject)?
  • What do you plan to do after you have finished your studies? [«Your studies» probably = the studies you are doing now but it could mean all of your studies, including your future studies. = What do you plan to do after you have graduated?]

Future plans

  • What work are you planning to do (or, hope to do) after you finish your studies?
  • (Similar to above) Do you have any future plans involving your subject (= your major)?
  • (Similar to above) What work do you plan to (or, want to) do after you finish your education?
  • (Similar to above) What are your future career plans?
  • (Similar to above) What kind of work are you planning to do in the future?

Further studies

  • If you were to pursue further studies, would you choose to continue studying this subject?
  • What are your future study plans?
  • What country would you like to go to for further study? (Why?)
  • Would you like to continue your studies in the future?
  • (Similar to above) Do you plan to continue your studies in the future? 

Other benefits from your school/university life

  • In addition to gaining knowledge, what other ways have you benefited from your school/university experience?

Sitting for the IELTS Test

  • Why did you decide to sit for the IELTS test?
  • Which country are you preparing to go to?
  • Why did you choose that country

Your first day at university (or high school)

(The word, «university» is probably replaced by the words, «high school» or «secondary school» if you have not been to university yet.)

  • Did you like your first day at university?
  • (Similar to above) Did you have a good first day at university?
  • (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at university/high school?
  • Do you think the first day at university is important?
  • How important do you think it is for people to have an enjoyable first day at university (or, school)?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think a person’s first impressions of a new school or university are important?

Your teachers / lecturers

  • (In a classroom,) who do you think is more important, the students or the teacher?
  • (Similar to above) (In your class, your course or, your studies) who do you think is more important, the students or the teacher?
  • (Similar to above) (In your class, your course or, your studies) who is more important to you, the students or the teacher? 
  • Who gives you more help, the teachers or other students?
  • What do you get from your teachers?

Previous expectations

  • Is your subject the same as what you imagined it would be before you started studying it?   
  • (Similar to above) Is your subject the same as what you imagined it would be when you chose it?

Education in general

  • Which do you think is more important in the education process (or, in the classroom), the teacher or the students?

Possible answers to the questions are HERE and HERE

Рубрики: IELTS

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