Band 9.0 Essays: Opinion – Online Courses

Some universities offer online courses as an alternative to classes delivered on campus. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

Online Courses

GENERAL POINTS –

(1) This is an opinion essay. You can strongly agree, strongly disagree, partly agree…and so on. However, REMEMBER even if you have a strong view, it is useful to show the reader that you have at least thought about the other side.

(2) STRUCTURE – This essay can be four paragraphs (i) an introduction with your view (ii) first supporting idea (iii) second supporting idea (iv) a conclusion where you restate your view and finish strongly.

(3) Link your ideas with a variety of transition words and phrases e.g “Moreover”, “In contrast” “On the other hand” “Finally” “In summary” etc.

(4) Use some synonyms from the question (see the words/phrases in bold). Also, try to add some advanced academic vocabulary related to the topic.

Online Courses 1

TOPIC – Some universities offer online courses as an alternative to classes delivered on campus. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

NOTE – Synonyms and advanced vocabulary are included in bold. Linking words and general essay vocabulary are in italics (remember you should use these for ALL essays!) Questions that you need to answer for the reader to make your argument cohesive are included in […]

The advent of widespread internet access has made it possible for students to study online as opposed to face-to-face in a traditional university setting. While this option brings with it attractive benefits, it also has some potential drawbacks that must be kept in mind.

NOTE – the writer has used synonyms for the key topic words AND “advantages/disadvantages” ALSO, note how the writer’s view is clear. They are “in the middle”. ALSO, notice how both sides of the topic [online studying vs. university studying] are mentioned.

The appeal of studying via one’s internet connection is that it is flexible [What do you mean by flexible?] In the modern world, many people are forced to juggle their studies with work [How does online studying help], which means they are often not free to attend classes during daytime hours. By being able to study at their leisure, they can advance their education without suffering in other areas. Moreover, the worldwide coverage of the internet means that people who do not live within the vicinity of a university can also access vital educational resources which can make a massive difference in their lives and the lives of those in their communities.

On the other hand, the benefit of university extends further than being able to learn directly from a lecturer [What are the other benefits?] College campuses are places where young people can develop their teamwork and group skills, while also being the place where people establish relationships that will help them find jobs and be successful in their future careers. As the old saying goes – “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”

TIP – If you can include a relevant quote, idiom, or expression, it will help your essay seem more advanced. Try to include a specific example if you can too.

Overall, the existence of online studying provides an exciting opportunity for people to learn who would otherwise not be able to. Nevertheless, it must be remembered that the advantages of attending a university campus reach far beyond the academic knowledge that one learns there. (275 words)

Online Courses 2

FULL SAMPLE ANSWER

The advent of widespread internet access has made it possible for students to study online as opposed to face-to-face in a traditional university setting. While this option brings with it attractive benefits, it also has some potential drawbacks that must be kept in mind.

The appeal of studying via one’s internet connection is that it is flexible [What do you mean by flexible?] In the modern world, many people are forced to juggle their studies with work [How does online studying help], which means they are often not free to attend classes during daytime hours. By being able to study at their leisure, they can advance their education without suffering in other areas. Moreover, the worldwide coverage of the internet means that people who do not live within the vicinity of a university can also access vital educational resources which can make a massive difference in their lives and the lives of those in their communities.

On the other hand, the benefit of university extends further than being able to learn directly from a lecturer [What are the other benefits?] College campuses are places where young people can develop their teamwork and group skills, while also being the place where people establish relationships that will help them find jobs and be successful in their future careers. As the old saying goes – “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”

Overall, the existence of online studying provides an exciting opportunity for people to learn who would otherwise not be able to. Nevertheless, it must be remembered that the advantages of attending a university campus reach far beyond the academic knowledge that one learns there. (275 words)

IELTS Accelerate

Band 9 Essays: Opinion – Road Safety

Band 9 Essays: Opinion – Globalization

More VOCABULARY and TIPS for IELTS and General English

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Band 9.0 Essays: Opinion – Online Courses

  1. Pingback: BAND 9.0 Essays: Opinion – Investing in Science (Real Test 2017) | IELTS UNLOCKED

  2. Pingback: BAND 9.0 Essays: Reasons and Opinion – Gender Preferences in Studying (Real Test 2017) | IELTS UNLOCKED

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s