“Second, learning through experience is much easier and more exciting than learning through books. When we learn through books, we are only
just memorizing facts, which is very boring. However, when we learn through experience, we are more interested in the materials and we will be
able to learn it more easily. For instance, learning to paint can be very boring if all you do is read theories about colors and brush strokes. But, if
you are given a paint brush and some paints, you will be able to learn them on your own, with a teacher’s guidance from behind. This is much more
exciting and fun to do than reading books.
Finally, having knowledge through experience is more useful in the real world. Many jobs require experience over knowledge already, so it is
more beneficial to you if you get that experience. Many times, the employer will chose a candidate that has the experience over the knowledge
because they won’t have to train a new employee. This saves them time and money which makes a better business. Not every job or specialty is
going to follow this rule though; some need the knowledge in order to do their job properly, such as doctors and lawyers.
Since having experience over knowledge is more beneficial in the real world and in the long term, I prefer to learn through experience rather
than to learn from books. Many jobs require experience in order to do perform their job. Book knowledge is important as a basis, but it is the
experience that will carry you through life more successfully.
C. Useful Expressions
1. We will gain more if we have the experience and not just book knowledge.
2. As C.S. Lewis said, “Experience: that most brutal of teachers.”
3. 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.
4. The more you do it, the more you will remember it and it will become second nature to you.
5. But, if you are given a paint brush and some paints, you will be able to learn them on your own, with a teacher’s guidance from behind.
6. When we learn through books, we are only just memorizing facts, which is very boring.
7. Many jobs require experience over knowledge already, so it is more beneficial to you if you get that experience.
8. This saves time and money which makes a better business.
9. Since having experience is more beneficial in the real world and long term, I prefer to learn through experience rather than to learn from books.
10. Book knowledge is important as a base, but it is experience that will carry you through life more successfully.
Q159. Who do you admire the most? Give specific reasons to explain your answer.
A. Essay Outline
Argument: I admire my mother the most.
Support 1: My mother helped raise three children after she got divorced.
Support 2: She taught me and my sisters how to be strong and independent.
Support 3: She has fought health problems and lost a lot of weight
Thesis: Since my mother is such a strong-headed, encouraging, and positive woman, I admire her the most.
B. Model Essay
I have many people whom I admire a lot. They have all taught me many life lessons. However, if I have to choose one person, I would choose
my mother for many reasons.
First, my mother took on three children after the divorce between my parents. She packed us up, put is in a car, and drove three children,
herself, a cat, and all of our household belongings from Pennsylvania to Texas. This was a huge feat for her but she navigated it successfully. We
lived in Texas for six years; every summer we would fly to Pennsylvania to spend the summers with our dad. My mom worked hard to give us a
good life with what little she had.
Second, my mother taught her three daughters to be strong, resilient, and independent women. She did this by teaching us how to shop, cook
and clean for ourselves at a very young age. Once a week, we would be given $20, which was a lot of money then, to go shopping a mile away by
walking to the local grocery store. We would have a list and some coupons, then we would compare prices and figure out which was the better
deal. Also, once a week, each of us would have a day to cook a meal for the family. So, when our mom came home, we would have a meal all
ready, prepared, and set on the table. It seems like a dangerous thing for children to do, but I am very fortunate to have a mother who encouraged
this type of behavior.”