Topic:

Some people think history has nothing or little to tell us, but others think that
studying the past history can help us better understand the present.

Please discuss the two views and give your own opinion.

Essay:

In the modern era, the value of studying history still remains controversial. While some people are convinced that it is totally time-consuming to memorize past developments and events, others insist that historical knowledge will have a great effect on the evolution and prosperity of a country. I tend to agree more with the latter.

On the one hand, there are a plethora of reasons why many people regard studying history as a wastage of time. First, history is a subject that bears little relevance to the present. The long lists of names, dates, and facts we learn when studying this subject would rarely be applied to real life. For example, most companies will require the candidates to have a solid understanding of state-of-the-art technology rather than historical information. Second, each of the past events can be interpreted in different ways as it is recorded from different perspectives. For this reason, learners are given biased or even misled conceptions, which make what we learn from history less valuable.

On the other hand, I would argue that history is of great importance for two principal reasons. To begin with, accumulating a profound history-related knowledge enables us to better comprehend the world in which we are living. Via learning history, young people can know about the sacrifice and contributions of their forefathers in the process of national construction and defense. These will give them a sense of roots and belonging, help to cultivate their national pride and patriotism. Moreover, learn about the past often gives a glimpse of the future. Learning history, we can analyze the mistake made in the past to avoid similar outcomes. These experiences will definitely benefit the development of the society and country.

In conclusion, although many people think that it is a waste of time to learn historical events, we can take so much valuable information from the past. Hence, I am of the opinion that we should study history as it is not just useful to the present but also the future.

You wrote 340 words.

The minimum is 250. You will not lose points for writing more; however, longer essays generally do not get high scores. There are many reasons.

First, the longer the essay, the more chances you have to make errors, and you will lose points for each of those errors.

Second, your writing may be repetitious and wordy. This will cost you points in task completion or coherence and cohesion.

Third, you will likely stray off-topic, and examiners will deduct points if you are not focused on the topic. You will also be tempted to use weak or unsound arguments or even contradict yourself. Develop just two or three argument points with examples.

Fourth, you will take a lot of time writing, and not have time left over to proofread your essay. You will miss the silly mistakes, and that lowers your score.


Fifth, you will not have enough time to spend on Task 1, and get a lower score there.

Aim to write around 270 words for Task 2. Practice writing a lot of essays so you get a feeling for the length.


In the modern era, the value of studying history still remains controversial. (Delete this sentence. When you get an opinion essay, do not write that it is controversial, debatable or subject for recent hot debates.That is generally an overreach, and just not true. Just explain the issue presented so the examiner knows you have understood it.) While some people are convinced that it is totally time-consuming to memorize (wrong word. ) learning about past developments and events, others insist that historical knowledge will have a great effect on the evolution and prosperity of a country. I tend to agree more with the latter.

On the one hand, there are a plethora (wrong word - a gross exaggeration.) of several / a number of / many reasons (Also: " there is good justification for ..." ) why many people regard studying history as a waste wastage (wrong word - ) of time. First, history is a subject that bears little relevance to the present. The long lists of names, dates, and facts we learn when studying this subject would rarely be applied to real life. For example, most companies will require the candidates to have a solid understanding of state-of-the-art technology rather than historical information. Second, each of the past events can be interpreted in different ways as it is recorded from different perspectives. For this reason, past events can be interpreted in different ways as it is recorded we learners are given biased or even misled (wrong from. Misled is the past form of the verb mislead) conceptions, which make what we learn from history less valuable.

On the other hand, I would argue that history is of great importance for two principal reasons. To begin with, accumulating a deep understanding of the past profound history-related knowledge enables us to better comprehend the world in which we are living. Via learning From the recent history in China, for example, young people can know about the sacrifice and contributions of their forefathers in the process of forming the country and its government independent from foreign powers. national construction and defense. These will give them a sense of roots and belonging, and help to cultivate their national pride and patriotism. Moreover, learn (wrong form) about the past often gives a glimpse of the future. Learning history, we can analyze the mistake (Was there only one mistake in all of history?) made in the past to avoid similar outcomes. These experiences will definitely benefit the development of the society and country.

In conclusion, although many people think that it is a waste of time to learn historical events, we can take so much valuable information from the past. Hence, I am of the opinion that we should study history as it is not just useful to the present but also the future.

Thanks for your advice. I really appreciate it.