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Unit 5.3: Hướng dẫn làm bài "Completing Notes and Summaries" - Full Passage 1

Tags: ielts reading      17-07-2016

 

I. REVIEW

Completing Notes/Summaries không phải là một dạng bài tập quá khó nếu có chiến thuật đúng đắn và luyện tập thường xuyên. Hôm nay hãy cùng IELTS-Fighter ôn lại chiến thuật làm bài cho dạng bài tập này và cùng thử sức với một Full Passage các bạn nhé.

Ở phần bài tập này, chúng ta có thể được cung cấp một danh sách hoặc phải tự tìm từ để điền vào các Notes/ Summaries. Chiến thuật làm bài phần này sẽ là:

 

Lưu ý số lượng từ có thể điền vào một vị trí

Cố gắng dự đoán đáp án

Dự đoán loại từ cần điền (Noun/ Verb/ Adjective/ Adverb)

Xác định xem đáp án sẽ đi chung với những từ khóa nào

Tìm từ đồng nghĩa (synonyms) /paraphrases các từ khóa đấy

 

Bây giờ chúng ta cùng luyện tập bằng một đoạn văn ngắn nhé:

 

II. FULL  PASSAGE

 

                                                  The Pursuit of Happiness

                                             "New research uncovers some
                                              anti-intuitive insights into how
                                           many people are happy - and why."
                                                   _____________________________

  

       Compared with misery, happiness is relatively unexplored terrain for social scientists, Between 1967 and 1994, 46,380 articles indexed in Psychological Abstracts mentioned depression, 36,851 anxiety, and 5,099 anger. Only 2,389 spoke of happiness, 2,340 life satisfaction, and 405 joy.
joy.
      Recently we and other researchers have begun a systematic study of happiness. During the past two decades, dozens of investigators throughout the world have asked several hundred thousand   Representative sampled people to reflect on their happiness and satisfaction with life or what psychologists call "subjective well-being". In the US the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has surveyed a representative sample of roughly 1,500 people a year since 1957; the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has carried out similar studies on a less regular basis, as has the Gallup Organization. Government-funded efforts have also probed the moods of European countries.   

     We have uncovered some surprising findings. People are happier than one might expect, and happiness does not appear to depend significantly on external circumstances. Although viewing life as a tragedy has a long and honorable history, the responses of random samples of people around the world about their happiness paints a much rosier picture. In the University of Chicago surveys, three in
10 Americans say they are very happy, for example. Only one in 10 chooses the most negative description "not too happy". The majority describe themselves as "pretty happy", ...
    
     How can social scientists measure something as hard to pin down as happiness? Most researchers simply ask people to report their feelings of happiness or unhappiness and to assess how satisfying their lives are. Such self-reported well-being is moderately consistent over years of retesting. Furthermore, those who say they are happy and satisfied seem happy to their close friends and family members and to a psychologist-interviewer. Their daily mood ratings reveal more positive emotions, and they smile more than those who call themselves unhappy. Self-reported happiness also predicts other indicators of well-being. Compared with the depressed, happy people are less self-focused, less hostile and abusive, and less susceptible to disease.
    
     We have found that the even distribution of happiness cuts across almost all demographic classifications of age, economic class, race and educational level. In addition, almost all strategies for assessing subjective well-being - including those that sample people's experience by polling them at random times with beepers - turn up similar findings. Interviews with representative samples of people of all ages, for example, reveal that no time of life is notably happier or unhappier. Similarly, men and women are equally likely to declare themselves "very happy" and "satisfied" with life, according to a statistical digest of 146 studies by Marilyn J, Haring, William Stock and Morris A, Okun, all then at Arizona State University.

Wealth is also a poor predictor of happiness. People have not become happier over time as their cultures have become more affluent. Even though Americans earn twice as much in today's dollars as they did in 1957, the proportion of those telling surveyors from the National Opinion Research Center that they are "very happy" has declined from 35 to 29 percent.

    Even very rich people - those surveyed among Forbes magazine's 100 wealthiest Americans - are only slightly happier than the average American. Those whose income has increased over a 10-year period are not happier than those whose income is stagnant. Indeed, in most nations the correlation between income and happiness is negligible - only in the poorest countries, such as Bangladesh and India, is income a good measure of emotional well-being.

    Are people in rich countries happier, by and large, than people in not so rich countries? It appears in general that they are, but the margin may be slim. In Portugal, for example, only one in 10 people reports being very happy, whereas in the much more prosperous Netherlands the proportion of very happy is four in 10. Yet there are curious reversals in this correlation between national wealth and well-being -the Irish during the 1980s consistently reported greater life satisfaction than the wealthier West Germans. Furthermore, other factors, such as civil rights, literacy and duration of democratic government, all of which also promote reported life satisfaction, tend to go hand in hand with national wealth, As a result, it is impossible to tell whether the happiness of people in wealthier nations is based on money or is a by-product of other felicities.

    Although happiness is not easy to predict from material circumstances, it seems consistent for those who have it, In one National Institute on Aging study of 5,000 adults, the happiest people in 1973 were still relatively happy a decade later, despite changes in work, residence and family status,

[ From "The Pursuit of Happiness" by David G, Myers and Ed Diener. Copyright © May 1996 by Scientific American, Inc. All rights reserved. ] 

 

Complete the summary of the passage below. Choose your answers from the box at the bottom of the page and write them in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet NB There are more words than spaces so you will not use them all. You may use any of the words more than once.

 

                                        HOW HAPPY ARE WE?

Example :                                                                                                               Answer
Our happiness levels are ... ...... by relatively few factors.                        Affected        
    

For example, incomes in the States have ..... (1)..... over the past forty years but happiness levels have ..... (2)..... over the same period. In fact, people on average incomes are only slightly..... (3)..... happy than extremely rich people and a gradual increase in prosperity makes no difference to how happy we are. In terms of national wealth, populations of wealthy nations are ..... (4)..... happier than those who live in poorer countries. Although in some cases this trend is ..... (5)..... and it appears that other factors need to be considered.

 

List   of Words

Stopped               Slightly                       too                      great

Doubled               Significant                similar                some

Stabilized             Remarkably             reversed            dropped

No                          Less                          much                 affected

Crept up                Slowed down          more                  clearly

 

 

II. DISCUSSION

 

Các em đã tư duy như thế nào nhỉ? Chúng ta cùng check lại nhé:

 

(1) Thu nhập (income) có thể tăng/giảm/đứng yên. Chúng ta cần một động từ ở dạng V3/ed để tạo thành thì hiện tại hoàn thành.

-> Nghi ngờ Doubled/Stabilized/Crept up/Dropped. Và do từ “but” nên (1) và (2) được dự đoán là sẽ đối ngược nhau. Đáp án cần đi chung với “States” và “forty years

-->> Even earn twice as much in today's dollars as they did in 1957, the proportion of though Americans those telling surveyors from the National Opinion Research Center that they are "very happy" has declined from 35 to 29 percent. Lưu ý bài viết xuất bản năm 1996

-->> Đáp án: Doubled

 

(2) Giải thích như trên.

-->> Đáp án: Dropped

 

(3) Cần đáp án bổ sung ý nghĩa cho cấu trúc so sánh hơn, đi chung với các từ khóa “slightly”, “rich”, “average

-->> Even very rich people - those surveyed among Forbes magazine's 100 wealthiest Americans - are only slightly happier than the average American

-->> Đáp án: Less

 

(4) Cần một đáp án bổ sung cấu trúc so sánh hơn khi so sánh giữa các quốc gia quốc gia giàu “wealthy” và nghèo”poor”.

-->> Are people in rich countries happier, by and large, than people in not so rich countries? It appears in general that they are, but the margin may be slim.

-->> Đáp án: Slightly

 

(5) Cần đáp án đi chung được với danh từ “trend” và đứng trước các ví dụ về “other factors

-->> Yet there are curious reversals in this correlation between national wealth and well-being -the Irish during the 1980s consistently reported greater life satisfaction than the wealthier West Germans. Furthermore, other factors, such as civil rights, literacy and duration of democratic government, all of which also promote reported life satisfaction, tend to go hand in hand with national wealth,

-->> Đáp án: reversed

 

Completing notes/summaries không phải là một phần khó. Quan trọng nhất đối với dạng bài tập này là khả năng bắt keyword và tìm synonym/paraphrase keyword đó. Do đó khi học từ các bạn chú ý luyện tập paraphrase hoặc tìm synonym của từ đó nữa nhé

Chúc các em học tốt <3

 

 

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