“I work a lot and have very little free time. However, when I do get free time, I enjoy spending it in a variety of ways. First, I enjoy reading
books. Second, I visit my friends. Third, I go outdoors and do many different activities in the fresh air.
First, most of my free time is spent reading books. I really like to read books, but I don’t have much time to do so. Therefore, I would take
advantage of my free time. I enjoy both electronic books and paperback books at a local park or coffee shop. There is something exciting about
being able to read a book and imagining you are one of the characters in the story. It is a very exciting thing to do in my free time, even though
most others would think it to be rather boring.
Second, I enjoy spending time with my friends. During my lunch and dinner time, I usually spend it eating at a restaurant with one of my many
friends. We enjoy going to different types of ethnic food restaurants and learning about new countries through their food. We also like to see
movies together and talk about the story and actors afterwards. I am lucky to have good friends to keep me company during my free time at lunch
and dinner.
Finally, my most favorite thing I enjoy doing during my free time is hiking or any other outdoor activity. I don’t get to do these activities that
often because they take up more time than I have, but they are the types of things that I enjoy the most. There are many mountains surrounding the
area I live in, along with many trails that follow the rivers. So, my location is fantastic for outdoor activities. Being outdoors keeps me healthy,
active and happy.
I have three favorite pastimes. The three ways I enjoy my free time are split between reading, socializing with friends, and doing outdoor
activities. These three things keep my happy, healthy, and enjoying my life. I wish I had more free time to do all these things more often.
C. Useful Expressions
1. However, when I do get free time, I enjoy spending it in a variety of ways.
2. Third, I go outdoors and do many different activities in the fresh air.
3. I really like to read books but I don’t often have time to do so, so I take advantage of them during my free time.
4. I enjoy cracking open both electronic books and paperback books at a local park or coffee shop.
5. It is a very exciting thing to do in my free time, even though most others would think it to be rather boring.
6. We enjoy going to different types of ethnic food restaurants and learning about new countries through their food.
7. I am lucky to have good friends to keep me company during my free time at lunch and dinner.
8. I don’t get to do these activities that often because they take up more time than I have, but they are the types of things that I enjoy the most.
9. There are many mountains surrounding the area I live in, along with many trails that follow the rivers.
10. As you can see, I have three favorite pastimes.
Q158. Some people prefer learning from books, while others prefer learning from experiences. Which one do you prefer?
A. Essay Outline
Argument: I prefer to learn through experience.
Support 1: We remember things better when we learn them through experience.
Support 2: Experiencing something is more fun and exciting.
Support 3: Knowledge gained through experience is more useful when we are trying to get a job.
Thesis: Since it is more memorable, exciting, and useful, I prefer to learn through experience.
B. Model Essay
Many have argued about this topic whether it is better to learn through books or to learn through experience. I prefer learning through
experience for three reasons. We will gain more if we have the experience and not just book knowledge.
First, when we experience things ourselves, we can remember them better. As C.S. Lewis said, “Experience: that most brutal of teachers.”
We learn more when we actually experience something and make the mistakes ourselves. Take for example, making a cake. You can read the
recipe all you want, but you need to actually experience it in order to remember it and to do it properly. The more you do it, the more you will
remember it and it will become second nature to you.”