IELTS Writing task 2 – 10/9/2016:Some people think studying from the past offers no benefits to today’s life

Đề thi IELTS Writing Task 2 ngày 10/09/2016

Some people think studying from the past offers no benefits to today’s life,while others believe that history is a valuable source of information for us. Discuss both views and give our own opinion 

Model Answer


There has been considerable debate about the values of studying history. While it is argued that there are no advantages of learning history, I believe that history can bring more benefits.

It is claimed that it is not beneficial to learn from the past. At various schools, students may put exam-based learning methods into practice to satisfy the requirements of exams and tests. Consequently, they are obliged to make every effort to memorize historical developments and events. In several cases, they get stressful and overloaded with history-related knowledge which does not provide foundations for their doing research into scientific fields like engineering or medicine. For example, in my hometown, most school students apply test-oriented approaches in historical lessons, causing students to be bombarded with historical knowledge, which is not beneficial in supplying background knowledge for them to realize their dream to major in computer engineering or medical sciences at university.

Nonetheless, from my viewpoint, history should become a more precious informative source. Thanks to history classes or museum artifacts related to past wars, there is every likelihood of young generations accumulating a profound knowledge of the sacrifice and contributions of their ancestors in the resistance war against foreign invaders, followed by cultivating their national pride and patriotism. As a result, they may have a tendency to be supplied with motivation and inspiration to put almost every effort into perfecting themselves and making contributions to national development. Another explanation may be that no sooner are students exposed to history lectures than they could enhance their understanding of valuable lessons about successes and failures in the process of predecessors’ national construction and defense. Hence, they might reach higher maturity and greater confidence in avoiding the same mistakes and making wise decisions for their future careers and life.

In conclusion, although people think history lessons can be of no importance, I am of the opinion that there are more benefits of studying history as a huge reservoir of knowledge.


1 Historical lessons
Historical knowledge
History lectures
History classes
History-related knowledge
Kiến thức/bài giảng lịch sử
2 To put exam-based learning methods into practice
To apply test-oriented approaches
Áp dụng hương pháp học tập trung vào thi cử
3 To accumulate a profound knowledge Tích lũy một  lượng kiến thức sâu sắc về
4 To satisfy the requirements of Đáp ứng yêu cầu của …
5 To make every effort to do something
To put almost every effort into doing something
Cố gắng hết sức làm gì
6 Historical developments and events Những sự kiện và diễn biến lịch sử
7 To be overloaded with
To be bombarded with
Bị quá tải bởi cái gì
8 To provide foundations for something Tạo nền tảng cho cái gì
9 There is every likelihood of something Có lẽ cái gì sẽ xảy ra
10 The sacrifice and contributions of their ancestors in the resistance war against foreign invaders Sự hi sinh và cống hiến của cha ông trong cuộc kháng chiến chống giặc ngoại xâm
11 To cultivate their national pride and patriotism. Nuôi dưỡng niềm tự hào dân tộc và tình yêu quê hương đất nước
12 No sooner…than… Ngay sau khi…thì…
13 In the process of predecessors’ national construction and defense Trong công cuộc dựng nước và giữ nước của cha ông
14 To reach higher maturity and greater confidence Trở nên trưởng thành và tự tin hơn
15 To be of no importance Không quan trọng
16 A huge reservoir of knowledge Một kho tàng kiến thức khổng lồ


History is of little or no importance in today society. Firstly, the knowledge gained from studying the historical developments can hardly be applied in real-life situation, which means the dates, names and facts that students have to memorize only appear in knowledge competitions, and even unimportant in the future. So, given the fast pace of change, focusing on science and technology is more relevant to the future and the betterment of people’s life. Secondly, the information in text-books tend to be distorted or full of latent mistakes. It can be because each historical event has different perspectives and people have different ways to interpret the course of events, giving learners a biased or even misled conceptions.

History has its own role as a means of information storage and transmission. Through books and other artefacts on display at the museum or art gallery, the youths are made conscious of their own culture and how it has evolved over the course of time. The pictures taken in the Vietnam civil war can teach people of the hardship that forefathers experienced and suffer in their struggle to give the citizens the freedom they are enjoying today. In addition to injecting a sense of awareness and patriotism amongs the residents of a country, invaluable information is stored in history including traditional medicines that our ancestors had discovered. Therefore, it gives US a glimpse into the past lifestyles and techniques can hold the secrets to remedies or cures which seem non-existent in the modem world.


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