IELTS Writing and Speaking Topic: High Education


RMIT graduation

Tertiary education is a common topic in both Writing and Speaking and one of my students asks me provide some reasons of NOT attending high education/ university. Here I give some ideas about that and please pay attention to the expression differences between the writing and speaking.

Ideas for the writing part:

  • For some youngsters, going to university is now too expensive, time consuming, restrictive and potentially soul-destroying for people with talent to bother with anymore.
  • Study loans are really the huge burden for some young people who might spend their 20s or 30s paying it off, when instead they might have been discovering how not to be an average person by attending a short-term training course.
  • It’s true that not all businesses now recruit ‘graduates only’ and the ability and experience is the key.
  • Your working experience tends to be equivalent to your qualification.
  • Many subjects in universities seems to be too academic and theoretical, and students would be spectacularly uninspired by some of the lecturers. Consequently, some smart and tenacious students might waste three or four years when they could have been learning useful skills in the real word, such as marking contacts, learning how to answer a phone and be nice to their colleagues   
  • I was spectacularly uninspired by all but about three of my tutors. Most were nice, smart people, but they spent a long time getting through a small part of the vast volumes of textbooks the university obliged me to acquire.

Ideas for the speaking part:

  • I don’t like living in the hall of residents or living with others, and they generally aren’t all that great. Being in halls means being surrounded by…
  • I’m just not that good with other people. I have little in common with people my own age, and also I’m not into the main pastimes of a university education, which seem to be…
  • There are many drinking and parties in college or uni. I don’t drink, and the latter isn’t really much fun when the former is involved. These seem to be the main interests of a lot of people.
  • I’m not sure what subject to choose. Much as I love the arts, I see very little value in studying them. And my mathematical / scientific abilities aren’t all that great.
  • I’ve done the whole working-for-people thing, and I’m just not really into it. I can’t see myself ever working for a for-profit company (unless it’s mine and I’m the only employee.) I suppose if I wanted a job in the civil-service or something then a degree would be necessary to get an interview.
  • If I chose the wrong subject I’d get bored and give up. Then I may hate myself.
  • It costs rather a lot of money.
  • I’d be away from friends and family and would likely sink into depression, at least for a while.

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