Here's the task that I showed you last week:

*Describe something important that you learned in a maths lesson at primary school.*

And here's my sample answer:

- I’m going to talk about learning the multiplication tables for the numbers 1 to 12, which I remember doing in the penultimate year of primary school, when I was maybe 9 years old. As children, we called these the ‘times tables’.
- As far as I remember, we started with the number 2, and we learnt to multiply this number by each of the numbers from 1 to 12. Our teacher taught us to go through the tables speaking aloud; for example: 1 times 2 is 2, 2 times 2 is 4, 3 times 2 is 6 etc. We gradually worked our way through the tables for all of the numbers, and we learnt the answers by heart. I think the teacher also gave us regular tests to make sure that we had learnt the tables properly.
- I’m not sure whether I really understood at the time why it was important to learn the ‘times tables’ by rote. But I think I enjoyed the challenge, and I was keen to get good marks in our tests. I also liked my teacher and wanted to do well for her.
- Many years later I realise how important it is to have the basic multiplication tables ingrained in my mind. It’s useful to be able to do quick calculations without having to think. Recently, for example, I needed to multiply 6 by 7 for some reason - I can’t even remember why - and the answer 42 just popped into my head. Another instance that I can think of is when I’m calculating bill payments, earnings and savings over a 12-month period, and I find myself using the ‘12 times table’. In these situations, I’m glad that my primary school teachers were so insistent about learning to multiply by heart.

**Note:**

I didn't have the full question, so I decided to tell a story in my own way. Did you learn any useful words or phrases from my description?

Thank you so much, Simon!

Posted by: E | Friday, May 18, 2018 at 14:17

in the penultimate year

As far as I remember

speaking aloud

gradually worked our way

learnt the answers by heart

learn by rote

keen to get good marks

ingrained in my mind

popped into my head

calculating bill payments, earnings and savings

insistent about learning

Posted by: HAKader | Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 05:29

Thank you Simon, I'm new to IELTS with learning from your site helping me a lot.For example, the following list of these words and phrases:

penultimate - in the penultimate year of..

by rote - to learn something by rote = to learn by heart

ingrained - to have something ingrained in my mind

insistent -the teacher were so insistent about..

Thank you so much!

Posted by: Oley | Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 08:59

Hi,sir

I just need some help regarding the speaking part one topic. This topic is related to Boat I think its quite difficult for me. Could you help me to solve out this topic in your way

Posted by: iOS | Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12:06

Thank you very much for your sharing. They are so useful and help me prepare better for the IELTS test.

For the sample answer, maybe you missed "s" after "some reason" in the last paragraph, please check it again.

Posted by: Kha Tran | Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 19:57