Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

There is no doubt universities play a crucial role in educating society.
However
, while some believe that
this
education should be geared exclusively towards subjects that may be of practical use in the future, I would agree with those who argue that one’s choice of degree should lie with the student.
Firstly
, it is vital that universities equip our workforce with scientists, engineers and other professionals that enable our society to progress.
This
is because a country without
such
experts is a country without the means to plan, create or maintain essential features of modern life.
For instance
, if we did not have a university-educated engineers, we would not enjoy
such
public transport facilities and infrastructure as subways, trams and bridges. The argument goes that if students are allowed to choose what they want to study,
then
there will be a shortage of these important workers.
However
, I believe allowing students to choose what they want to study is the only way to acquire motivated, passionate, and
thus
competent professionals. The reason for
this
is that free choice provides people with a sense of autonomy, and research has shown that autonomy is a necessary catalyst for drive and enthusiasm.
As a result
, students have the impetus to master their subject rather than merely aim for good enough.
Conversely
, if universities force students into one category of study,
then
the drive for mastery that would have come with pursuing their passions will disappear. In conclusion,
although
it is of critical importance that universities continue to supply society with professionals in the fields of technology and science, I feel that it should be the student’s choice to do so on the basis that
this
will give them the motivation to excel in their work.

Include an introduction and conclusion

A conclusion is essential for IELTS writing task 2. It is more important than most people realise. You will be penalised for missing a conclusion in your IELTS essay.

The easiest paragraph to write in an essay is the conclusion paragraph. This is because the paragraph mostly contains information that has already been presented in the essay – it is just the repetition of some information written in the introduction paragraph and supporting paragraphs.

The conclusion paragraph only has 3 sentences:

  • Summary
  • Restatement of thesis
  • Prediction or recommendation

Example:

To summarize, a robotic teacher does not have the necessary disciple to properly give instructions to students and actually works to retard the ability of a student to comprehend new lessons. Therefore, it is clear that the idea of running a classroom completely by a machine cannot be supported. After thorough analysis on this subject, it is predicted that the adverse effects of the debate over technology-driven teaching will always be greater than the positive effects, and because of this, classroom teachers will never be substituted for technology.

Start your conclusion with a linking phrase. Here are some examples:

  • In conclusion
  • To conclude
  • To summarize
  • Finally
  • In a nutshell
  • In general

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