1. Do you prefer to prepare something a lot of time before deadline or wait until the last minute before deadline? Please give specific reasons and details to support your idea.
I would try to start a project as early as possible. Because an early-start leaves us sufficient time and energy to improve and revise, so the quality of the project could be better guaranteed; an early start also allows us to follow a systematic plan and enjoy an unhurried schedule. Actually, I used to procrastinate a lot, and a lousy time management only leads to bad consequence. I remember I was once invited to attend a high-level school presentation contest. So many things were distracting me at the time and I waited until the night before the deadline to start writing my speech, and the result was a nightmare. My mind went blank automatically when I was on the stage, which was totally embarrassing.
1. Leaving some time for group discussion in class is beneficial for study. Do you agree or not?
As far as I am concerned, leaving some time for group discussion in class has much benefit. First of all, it enables us to exchange ideas directly after teacher’s instruction, which helps improve our learning efficiency and producing new ideas during the course of class. If we get confused, we can have someone to ask or discuss with at once. Moreover, when we discuss and argue with our partners, group discussion also provides us a way to reduce negative emotions and improve interpersonal communication skills. Talking with others, exchanging ideas, discussing and even debating has been proved as efficient ways to reduce negative feelings.
2. Some college students like to spend their time free time studying another course or doing schoolwork. Others like to join a club and enjoy club activities. Which do you think is better and why?
Well, I'd like to spend my free time joining a club and participating in club activities. Because I think I've already spent enough time on studying during the lectures and seminars. It's not necessary to devote my spare time to learn another subject. Then my life would be pretty boring and tiring. However, joining a club could enrich my university life and fully relax myself. For example, I took part in the singing club in my university, and performing in choir concerts provided me with a lot of beautiful memories. I also made many friends in the club, whom I still contact with after graduation. So I'd prefer to join a club and take part in more activities.
3. Some manager likes to closely watch their employees while others prefer to give them more freedom which do you think is more effective.
Personally, I think employees should be given more freedom and flexibility. To begin with, they tend to be more creative and innovative when they enjoy a lot of flexibility at work, thus they can come up with new idea, designs and more effective business solutions to their customers and clients. As we can see that if workers enjoy some flexibilities, like flexible working hours, play their own music at work or enjoy other sorts of freedom, they will be more productive. Additionally, research shows that employees who have a relaxing working environment might be more willing to work long hours.
4. Do you agree or disagree that to succeed we need to make enemies?
I disagree, it’s not necessarily the case. First, there’re many definitions for success. To be successful is to lead a life that you intend to and enjoy, not a life necessarily with a lot of money. Say I feel that my mom is quite successful because she lives a happy life, but she obviously doesn’t have any enemies. And even for the people who are successful in career and with high social status, the effort they’ve spent along the way could be quite legitimate that wouldn’t have induced any serious conflict with others’ interests. Surely there must have been competition, but competition is common in any aspect of life which doesn’t always bring out hostile feelings. So basically，I think the statement stands without solid ground.
5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: talking face-to-face in person is a better way to communicate than communicating through emails and by text message?
I agree with that talking face-to-face to communicate is a better way to communicate because of following reasons. Firstly, talking face-to-face can avoid misunderstanding. Take myself for example, I sent an email to my colleague to check some of problems occurred in our history project, but she failed to receive it, which almost caused the failure of our project. Secondly, talking face-to-face can strengthen the relationship between you and your co-workers. It is believed that communicating in person help people understand others better.
6. With the new technologies, we now have electric books and internet. Someone thinks that someday the library will totally disappear. What is your opinion?
I think it is absolutely necessary to have libraries. Firstly, although it is true that electronic books have become increasingly popular, some people still keep the habit of reading paper books. They may find it is easier for them to concentrate or make marks when they are reading. Thus, the library remains a crucial part in readers’ life, since it can provide a huge range of choices for book worms. Besides, the library is not only a place for people to read books, but also to do other activities. For example, students always choose to study in the library. Other people may stay in the library, just to enjoy the quiet atmosphere and to find their inner peace.
7. Do you agree with the following statement? School should be responsible to teach students moral values. State your opinion and explain why.
From my point of view, I do believe it is crucial for schools to have moral value lessons, such as teaching students to be honest. There are two reasons. Firstly, these classes are beneficial to the society. The essence of education is never solely academic study. As a matter of fact, the most significant part is teaching students how to be a moral person. Only this way, a student can grow up to be a useful man to the whole society. Besides, young adults are usually very vulnerable and easily affected by bad influences. Schools have the responsibility to teach them right and wrong and help them to live a meaningful life ever since.
8. Some people prefer to make detailed plans for the future. Others prefer to concentrate on present things and don't make any plans at all. Which way do you prefer? Use specific reasons to support your answer.
I like to make plans for the future. I want to have the sense that there's something on the horizon, whether it's a class I'm going to take or some location 1 want to travel to. Even if 1 don't have enough money for a vacation right now, just doing the research about place like France makes the idea of visiting it seems exciting. Don't get me wrong. I love living in the moment, but plans are very important, too. They can provide a certain structure and hope, something to look forward to and feel good about.
9. Your local community center wants to add some new workshops or programs for children, which of the following do you think would be the most beneficial for children's development?
1) Arts craft workshop
2) Technology workshop
3) Athletic programs
Among all three workshops and programs, I believe that the art craft workshop will be the most influential for children’s development for two reasons. First, it is usually easier for children to cultivate their talent in art at a younger stage since most children are extremely creative when they are little. Such creativity is critical for learning and appreciating art and could gradually decrease as time goes by. Therefore, it is the best to offer such an opportunity to utilize their advantages. Also, it is important to be able to develop their own taste in art. Art is like a language and with it, children will be able to express and perceive emotions in a different way.
10. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Teachers should make their lessons fun.
I definitely think that teachers should make their lessons fun. The main reason is that if lessons are fun, students will want to learn. When students enjoy their lessons, they are more likely to come to class, talk to their classmates, and do their homework. From my experience as a student, I know this is true. I never used to like studying world history because I always had boring teachers. But a few years ago I had a professor who always delivered creative and fun lessons. I loved studying with him, and so did my classmates, and by the end of the semester we had learned so much.