Topic 17

Topic:Some people think that they can learn better by themselves than with a teacher. Others think
that it is always better to have a teacher. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons to develop
your essay.

Most of us can learn how to do something simple on our own with just a set of instructions.
However, to learn about something more complex, it’s always best to have a teacher.

Teachers bring with them varied and useful backgrounds. They’ve been trained to teach
individuals in different ways depending on their style. For instance, some students learn better by
discussing a topic. Others learn more by writing about it. Teachers can help students learn in the
way that’s best for each student. A textbook or a manual can only give you one way of learning
something. Plus they’re only as helpful as your ability to understand them. A good teacher can
adapt her teaching to your needs.

Teachers help you focus on what you’re learning. If you’re learning something by yourself, it’s
easy to become distracted and go on to other activities. Teachers keep your attention on the
subject. They also approach a subject logically, taking it one step at a time. On your own, it’s
tempting to skip parts of the learning process you think you don’t need. That can hinder your
ability to really understand the subject.

Learning a subject on your own is a very narrow way of learning. You can only use the
information you get from the textbook. With a teacher, you get the information in the written
materials as well as the teacher’s own knowledge of the topic. Teachers can also provide extra
materials to broaden the scope of what you’re learning.

There’s nothing wrong with studying on your own, and a learner can always benefit from some
quiet study. For the best possible learning, though, a good teacher is the biggest help you can



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