Paper 1, part 4

students_5.jpgYou are going to read a magazine article about various people who did courses later in life. For Questions 21-35, choose from the people (A-D). There is an example at the beginning (0).

Of which of the people A-D are the following true?

A Fiona
B Deborah
C Joyce
D Sonya

She recommends the course she took.     0:C (xample)
She felt relaxed when doing a course.       21:_____
She felt obliged to do a course.                   22:_____
Her training made it hard for her to do some of the work on a course.                23:_________
Her colleagues’ attitude towards her has changed.    24:____
She feels confident about the future.       25:______
She was put off education earlier in life.          26:______
The way classes were organised suited her. 27: ______
Her plans became more ambitious while doing a course.    28:________
She wasted her time when she was at college before.     29:______
She realised she had thought of a strong commercial idea.      30:_______
Her teacher provided practical advice.        31:_______
She found her experience of life useful when doing a course.      32:______
She enjoyed the company of the others taking a course.       33:________
She has learnt not to be nervous in certain circumstances.         34:_________
A success encouraged her to study other subjects.       35:________


Fiona, a freelance journalist, has just finished a four-year part-time degree in English Literature. Fiona, 33, who hadn’t been in further education since finishing a journalism
course at London Printing College 11 years ago, says: ‘I got more out of doing it later in life than straight after school. When I did my journalism course, we sat in the canteen chatting half the time, but when you’re older you realise that the only person you’re cheating is yourself if you do that. And when you’re older you can bring so much more to your analysis because you’ve done more. It was quite strange having to write an essay after many years, particularly after being a journalist where you have to say things as briefly as possible. But it was interesting having access to such knowledgeable tutors.’

Deborah left school without any qualifications and ended up ten years later with a degree. Obtaining the degree gave her
an enormous desire to learn more. Since then, Deborah has enrolled on courses ranging from pottery to African cinema to salsa dancing. She says: ‘I never liked school. They didn’t
teach me to enjoy learning and I’m sure this experience can destroy many people’s desire to learn more later in life. There’s so much in life to learn as you get older, it becomes a
real pleasure. There are no pressures – you don’t have to prove anything. You are therebecause you want to be. There is also something special about spending time with people who share a common passion. You don’t know their names or anything about them, but all the barriers are broken down because everyone has the same objective.’


Joyce joined the Start Your Own Business course a few months ago and she is now preparing to start an international business in furniture design. Joyce, who is in her early thirties, says: ‘I had a flood of ideas that came
to me in bed one night and I had to get up to draw them while they were still fresh in my mind.’ The course was taught by businesswoman, Diane Shelley. She says: ‘Joyce was full of ideas and is now about to start her own multi million pound business.’ ‘The course helps you identify so many things,’ says Joyce, ‘the ideas developed until they were almost out of control; by the end my idea had become an international business. Diane didn’t just teach theory, she
also shared her own experience with us. That helped me a lot, because years ago I would have been frightened to see bank managers and accountants as I didn’t understand the
financial aspects. Diane made me realise that you employ these people to do the work. Now I’m not scared of borrowing money because I know the business will be successful.’


Sonya did a three-day intensive desk-top publishing course in May. Sonya, 24, who works as a publicity assistant at a bank, says: ‘I needed some skills to make me better at my job. Writing reports is an essential part of my job and so the presentation of my work is important.’ The course, held at the London College of Printing, covers both practice and
theory. Sonya says: ‘It was quite demanding, they really get you thinking. Because there were only six or seven in the group, we got more attention and it was easier to ask
questions. Now my reports appear more professional and I can produce them quicker. A lot of people have said “Your work’s improved,” and it has made me get on better with people in the office because I’m in a privileged position, having knowledge others don’t have.’

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