Describe A Time When You Had A Problem With Using The Computer

Describe a time when you had a problem with using the computer.

You should say:

When it happened?
Where it happened?
What the problem was?
And explain how you solved the problem at last?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer:

In the digital age, computers have become an integral part of our lives. They are powerful tools that help us work, learn, and connect with others. However, like any tool, they can sometimes present challenges that need to be overcome.

I remember a time when I faced a problem with my computer.

When it happened? and Where it happened?
This incident occurred about a year ago. It happened at my home where I usually use my computer for various tasks like work, learning, and entertainment.

What the problem was?
One day, while working on an important project, my computer suddenly froze. No matter what I did, it wouldn’t respond. I tried to restart it, but it wouldn’t boot up. It was stuck on the startup screen.

How you solved the problem at last?
Initially, I was quite panicked as I had important data on my computer. However, I decided to stay calm and try to figure out a solution.

I started by searching for possible solutions online using my smartphone. After going through several tech forums and articles, I figured out that the issue could be due to a corrupted system file.

Following the instructions from one of the articles, I booted my computer in safe mode and performed a system restore to a previous point when it was working fine.

It took some time, but eventually, my computer started up normally. All my files were intact, and I was able to continue with my work.

This experience taught me the importance of staying calm in the face of problems and using available resources to find solutions.

It also reminded me of the importance of regularly backing up important data to prevent potential loss.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a time when you had a problem with using the computer”.

1. What do people use computers for?
People use computers for many things like studying, working, playing games, and staying in touch with friends and family. Computers help us do tasks faster and easier.

2. Should students be allowed to use computers at school?
Yes, definitely, students should be allowed to use computers at school because they can help with learning and research. Computers can make studying more interesting and provide access to a lot of information.

3. What do you think of people who are addicted to playing computers?
People who are addicted to playing computer games might be missing out on other important things in life, like spending time with family and friends. It’s good to have fun with computers, but balance is important.

4. Do you think computers make our life simpler or more complex?
Computers can make our life simpler by helping us with tasks, but they can also make it more complex because we rely on them for many things. Sometimes, they can be confusing or cause problems.

5. Why do people often have problems when using new products?
People often have problems with new products because they are not familiar with how to use them. Reading instructions and getting help can make it easier to learn how new products work.

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