Bài mẫu Speaking band 8 – Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake

Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake

Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake.

Sleepy but had to stay awake?

Topic này thuộc chủ đề EXPERIENCES & EVENTS, một Topic khá là rộng. Trải nghiệm và sự kiện trong cuộc đời thì chúng mình có vô số: đỗ đại học, học lại, thất tình, trúng xổ số, … nói chung không thể đếm xuể. Theo cô Trương Thu Hương – Academic Manager của Anh ngữ SYM, chúng mình có thể chia những sự kiện và trải nghiệm trong cuộc đời thành 2 nhóm: Happy experiences & Sad experiences.

Trong chủ đề phụ SAD EXPERIENCES, hãy cùng nghiên cứu topic Describe a time when the bad weather stopped you from doing somethingnhé

Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake

You should say:

  • When it was
  • Why you had to stay awake
  • How you kept yourself awake

And explain how you felt about it.

Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake

Phân tích cách triển khai bài mẫu.

Bước 1: Giới thiệu

 

Today I’m gonna tell you about a time when I was very sleepy but had to stay awake.
Bước 2: Triển khai các ý

▶ Ý 1: When it was

Ý 2: Why you had to stay awake

 

 

▶ Ý 3: How you kept yourself awake

 

It was last week when the final exam neared and I had to stay up very late to cram for it. I cut class quite often during the semester, so my mind was just blank. If I didn’t stay awake, I wouldn’t have enough time for revision.

I dropped off several times, and I couldn’t stop yawning. I started to feel dizzy after 3 hours of studying. I decided to splash my face with water and do some gentle exercises such as rotating my neck and stretching my arms. These exercises did help, and I got a bit refreshed soon. Then I had a cup of coffee. It kicked in immediately.

Bước 3: Explain how you felt about it

 

To be honest, I was exhausted then. Cramming for the exam drained all my energy. When the clock struck 3 o’clock, my eyes got very tired and it seemed that I couldn’t take in any more knowledge. A thought of just winging the exam crossed my mind. I was then in two minds between burning the midnight oil and going to sleep.

I was also stressed as I was afraid I might do bad poorly in the exam or even fail it. If that happened, I would be dead meat as my mom would yell at me. She would kick me out of the house and stop giving me monthly allowances. That would be terrible I should have paid attention to the lessons, studied hard. 

Bước 4: Đừng quên kết thúc bài nói That’s all I want to say.

SAMPLE ANSWER (band 8.0)

Today I’m gonna tell you about a time when I was very sleepy but had to stay awake.

It was last week when the final exam neared and I had to stay up very late to cram for it. I cut class quite often during the semester, so my mind was just blank. If I didn’t stay awake, I wouldn’t have enough time for revision.

I dropped off several times, and I couldn’t stop yawning. I started to feel dizzy after 3 hours of studying. I decided to splash my face with water and do some gentle exercises such as rotating my neck and stretching my arms. These exercises did help, and I got a bit refreshed soon. Then I had a cup of coffee. It kicked in immediately.

To be honest, I was exhausted then. Cramming for the exam drained all my energy. When the clock struck 3 o’clock, my eyes got very tired and it seemed that I couldn’t take in any more knowledge. A thought of just winging the exam crossed my mind. I was then in two minds between burning the midnight oil and going to sleep.

I was also stressed as I was afraid I might do bad poorly in the exam or even fail it. If that happened, I would be dead meat as my mom would yell at me. She would kick me out of the house and stop giving me monthly allowances. That would be terrible I should have paid attention to the lessons, studied hard.

That’s all I want to say.

Từ vựng hay trong bài.

  • To cram (for exam): học nhồi nhét
  • To drain: hút cạn (năng lượng)
  • To cut class: cúp học
  • To drop off: ngủ gật
  • To yawn: ngáp ngủ
  • To splash: té nước
  • Be refreshed: tỉnh táo, đỡ mệt hơn
  • To kick in: ngấm, phát huy tác dụng (cafe, trà, …)
  • To wing (the exam): đánh lụi bài thi ( không ôn tập gì mà đi thi)
  • To cross my mind: một suy nghĩ loé lên trong đầu
  • Be in two minds between … and …: phân vân giữa 2 sự lựa chọn
  • To burn the midnight oil: thức đêm học bài/ làm việc
  • Be dead meat: không xong/ gặp vấn đề với ai đó
  • To yell at sb: mắng, la hét ai đó
  • be sleepy : buồn ngủ

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