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Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? High schools should allow students to study the courses that students want to study. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

A decision of choosing courses and subjects is choosing a career. Said decision is very crucial and vitally important. It is always recommended that such crucial decisions be taken by the mature people like parents, guardians or teachers for that matter and not the students,

A recurring problem in most societies is that students in general do not opt for little harder subjects like mathematics and science. Although there is high availability of lucrative and well-paid jobs in fields that demand mathematics and science. Such jobs are engineering, statistics, teaching and technology. Students see science and mathematics as hard subjects and do not respond to motivational factors such as easier admission to higher education or interesting and important work. I feel we need to be much more direct in our attempts to get students to learn hard sciences in general and mathematics in particular in high school for a brighter career.

In general subjects of science and mathematics make the learner smarter; he or she can make more money. One gets easy admission to college for higher studies. Because we live in a global world that is subjected to constant changes, those subjects are paramount importance. Students with science and mathematics find no doors closed wherever they go. Also science and mathematics are interesting subjects. With those creative subjects one does not only get through into college but in all walks of life.

In nutshell, I feel choosing the subjects at the school level must be properly guided and intervened by the parents, guardians and teachers in the larger interest of the students career and must not be left at the sweet will of the high school students.

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Some students prefer to study alone. Others prefer to study with a group of students. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

I prefer to study with the group. Group study enhances students’ performances, both in class discussions, as well as on tests.

Group study pays off because it brings about changes in two ways: it forces students to alter their old ways of thinking and it changes their less effective patterns of behavior. In a group environment, students are less likely to procrastinate. After all, it’s easy to put off an assignment when one is alone and not answerable to anyone. But when a student is in a group of people counting on him or her, one would mostly complete the job.

Group study encourages students to explain things aloud. By speaking to and listening to others, students improve on recall ability, or ability to remember information on test day. Students who study with others are forced to become more organized. Once students learn to date and label their notes, they will see that organized notes make much more sense while preparing for final examination.

One more great benefit of group discussion is that the many perspectives improve student’s chances of anticipating test questions. Group members will always bring up ideas and thoughts one never considered. The various views are sure to pay off on test day! Students shall find that the benefit of group study reaches far beyond the good results on test day. It will build self-confidence that one can use for the rest of his or her life. Speaking to small groups will prepare students for speaking to larger groups in the future.

Summarizing, it is generally recognized that people can accomplish more by sharing their skills and resources than by working alone. The power of groups is widely accepted in the business world and can easily be used by students too.

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Schools should ask students to evaluate their teachers. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

I agree to students evaluating teachers. Students may evaluate teachers on the basis of yearly academic growth of their students. This is known as a “value-added,” evaluation.

The purpose of student evaluation of teaching is to provide staff with valid and reliable information with the help of which right and well informed decisions can be made about improving student learning processes and outcomes. Evaluation is a positive process and should be used for the enhancement of staff development and student learning.

Students are the main source of information about the learning environment, including teachers’ ability to motivate students for continued learning, rapport or degree of communication between instructors and students. Secondly Students are the most logical evaluators of the quality, the effectiveness of, and satisfaction with course content, method of instruction, textbooks, homework, and student interest. Besides student ratings encourage communication between students and their instructor. Said communication may lead to the kind of student and instructor involvement in the teaching-learning process that can raise the level of instruction. Furthermore student ratings of particular instructors and courses can be used by other students to select courses and instructors, and may increase the chances that excellence in instruction will be recognized and rewarded.

In summary we must accept that good teaching really matters the most. Hence build¬ing a credible basis for teacher evalua¬tion would be an important advance that could contribute, to improved teaching and learning in the long run. But the evaluation process should be absolutely fair and free from any personal prejudice, bias or partiality. Evaluation process must be sufficiently rich to do justice to the complex and multidimensional activity that constitutes teaching.

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Your city has decided to build a statue or monument to honor a famous person in your country. Who would you choose? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.

I am an Indian residing in India. I hail from Baroda in the state of Gujarat. I am follower of the philosophy “Work is Worship”. If I am given the opportunity to suggest as to whose statue must be built in Baroda, I would say Late Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani; founder of Reliance group of industries the most renowned entrepreneur world over.

As a great entrepreneur, he created an empire. He was born in a country side village and his father was a School Teacher with a meager income. Mr. Dhirubhai after having passed his tenth grade went to Aden where he was hired as a petrol pump attendant. One fine day he got an idea of building up his own Oil Refinery. Although it sounds quixotic and a crazy idea for a petrol pump attendant to want to build a refinery of his own; nevertheless he could build the biggest single grass root Oil Refinery of the world in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. This is well known worldwide as Reliance’s 25-Million Metric Ton Oil Refinery that went on stream in 1999. This achievement is purely due to the persistent hard work of Late Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani. Reliance is the first Indian company to feature in Forbes 500 list

Dhirubhai Ambani was a great visionary and the most enterprising Indian entrepreneur. His life journey is reminiscent of the rags to riches story. He is remembered as the one who rewrote the Indian corporate history and built a truly global corporate group. Dhirubhai Ambani died on July 6, 2002, at Mumbai.

In conclusion, his statue shall be a great source of motivation to population by large and especially younger generation in their journey to success and building a powerful nation.

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Some people prefer to spend time with one or two close friends. Others choose to spend time with a large number of friends. Compare the advantages of each choice. Which of these two ways of spending time do you prefer? Use specific reasons to support your answer.

I prefer to have one or two close friends instead of many. In contrast I believe that more number of friends means contacts. To have more contacts is beneficial on the business front. People with more contacts are more successful compared to those who have less number of contacts. Nevertheless to have close friends one must have limit to one or two. Because close friends sometimes know many things about us which many others are not supposed to know, also we can’t rely on too many to share personal information with. We must be highly disciplined in this matter.

Friends occupy positions of extreme importance in our lives. Often it can seem as if they are more important than parents! Friends can have great influence over many areas of a peer’s emerging identity. Their choice of music, movies, clothes, boyfriends or girlfriends, classes, jobs, and so on. In some cases, it doesn’t stop here; it also covers the personal standards of behavior, school / university performance, morals and values. This makes it especially important for the one to make good friendship choices.

Friends influence peer’s life, even if they don’t realize it, just by spending time with them. We often learn from them, and vice versa. It’s only human nature to listen to and learn from other people. Friends can have a positive influence each other. Friends build a sense of trust, respect, and mutual support.

In the nutshell, sometimes one may become more susceptible to negative influences like getting addicted to smoking, drinking, drug-abuse and premature sex and many more. Hence it is very important to choose close friends extremely carefully and selectively with whom we can spend quite some time.

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Some people prefer to spend most of their time alone. Others like to be with friends most of the time. Do you prefer to spend your time alone or with friends? Use specific reasons to support your answer.

I would prefer to spend time with friends as far as possible. In this essay I will elaborate on my viewpoint.

Mankind is social creature and one must learn to live among society and not aloof. By staying alone one becomes introvert and none seems to care for him or her. When one is with friends, he or she can interact with them and vice versa. We learn many things by interacting with friends. Friends occupy positions of extreme importance in our lives. Often it can seem as if they are more important than our parents even! Friends can have great influence over many of us. Our choice of music, movies, clothes, boyfriends or girlfriends, classes, jobs, and so on. In some cases, it doesn’t stop here; it also covers the personal standards of behavior, school or university performance or business performances, morals and values. This makes it especially important for us to make good friendship choices.

Introversion is “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”. Introverts tend to be quiet, low-key, deliberate, and relatively non-engaged in social situations. They take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, and drawing, watching movies, listening to music, inventing, and designing. An introverted person is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate.

In conclusion there are no rights or wrong for being introvert or extrovert, it is solely a matter of choice of an individual. However I enjoy being in company of my friends most of the time.

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Some people think that governments should spend as much money as possible on developing or buying computer technology. Other people disagree and think that this money should be spent on more basic needs. Which one of these opinions do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

I feel government must spend more money on basic human needs rather than computer technology.

Immense increase in world population has given rise to many grave problems. The basic human needs for fresh water, food, housing and fuel have sky rocketed and those are making unprecedented demands on our global and local ecosystems. Further than the necessities of survival, there is increasing demand throughout the globe for more material goods and services. As the nations strive to increase material wealth and the comforts and conveniences, the pressure on biodiversity and natural resources has tremendously increased. Enormous housing constructions causes trees falling and jungle cutting thereby causing imbalance of ecology. Furthermore, numerous vehicles cause environment pollution by emission of carbon mono oxide and carbon-dioxide and heat generation.

Heat generation thus adds to global warming. Global warming represents a profound and emerging threat to biodiversity around the world. As temperatures rise, many habitats for plants and animals will change sometimes depriving them of the homes and niches. As a result, many species will become extinct, and ecosystems around the world will become even more fragile.

Massive industrialization has caused tremendous amount of gases in the atmosphere that has in turn caused depletion in ozone layer resulting into shortage of Oxygen. Many other liquids discharged in form of effluents contaminate the earth thereby most fertile land turns into barren.

Summarizing, a large population strata consists of commoners that has no direct or indirect impact of advancement of computer technology. However computer technology is important for overall progress and development. But the basic human needs are a paramount importance for survival and must not be neglected.

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