IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #16 Describe a person who solved a problem in a clever way

Describe a person who solved a problem in a clever way. You should say:
Who the person was When you met the person Where you met the person
And explain why you think he or she was clever.

Sample answer:

Well, I would like to talk about my mother, who I consider to have the smartest ways to deal with any problems she encounters. My mother’s intelligence has been shown since she was still in school. At that point, she was an excellent student in almost every subject she had, especially math. She could figure out really complicated exercises which no one in the class can.

And I think that was actually the reason why she was always the favorite students of all her teachers. Even after leaving school, she can still apply her amazing problem- solving skills to cope with various situations at work or at home. My mother is the only person I know who have no difficulty balancing between work, family’s matters, and her own personal life. It is mainly due to her effective working techniques and time management skills: For example, she can easily sort out how much money needed to be spent on a particular aspect of the family and she never misses a deadline for any of her works at the company.

Another reason why I think my mother is such a smart person is because of the endless efforts she put into studying. My mother has never stopped learning even after she left university. She has tried her best to broaden her knowledge day by day by reading books or watching the news on TV. I can say that that woman is always well-prepared and ready to face any hardships life could throw at her. I have learned a lot from my mother and hopefully can become a person just like her in my future.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What is the difference between the role of a teacher and a parent in the education of children?
    Well, primarily, I think parents are more responsible for imparting values and ethics to their children and teachers at school are given the task of equipping children with academic skills. You could also say that parent’s educate more by example, how they do things and react to things whereas teachers teach children how to do things based on a curriculum designed by educational experts, it’s not such a personal experience.
  2. What suggestions would you give to teachers to improve education?
    I know when I was at school some of the subjects seemed very uninteresting to us as students. I think maybe teachers need to look at how they relate the subject matter to the real world or the student’s experience of the real world. I know they are now using more technology in schools than before and this is a good thing. In general, students have to see that something is relevant, or at least interesting, so if teachers can make it obvious why it’s important to learn something then maybe students will be more interested.
  3. What is the best way to educate children in your opinion?
    Children need to be taught real skills, things which will be relevant in their future life. They need to learn what will be needed by society in the future. Most children seem to learn quicker by doing things than listening to teachers talking about something. If children can be involved in a variety of activities that help develop the skills they need then I think they will learn successfully.
  4. How can we help children realise their talents?
    The first thing is to identify those talents. That is not an easy thing to do in many cases. It’s then a case of making sure that children receive support and the resources to explore and develop their talent to the fullest. Schools need to be able to give children access to equipment, resources or facilities that they may not have in the home environment or that their parents cannot provide.
  5. Does the government provide enough support to education in your view?
    They can always provide more… but it’s not the quantity so much as the quality of support they provide. It must be relevant and focused on the key areas of education. It must be well planned and provide the best possible resources and facilities for children to grow and develop their academic and life skills.
  6. Other possible questions:
    Do you think children’s wise are influence by their parent?
    Do you think children have a good habit nowadays? Why?
    Why children are clever than before? Nature or nurture? Why?
    What kind of skills is helpful for children? Why?
    Do you think parent should send their children to better school? Why?

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