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There is a strong link between reading and academic

success. Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.


[60 marks]
Upon reading this question, you would first have to determine which is Part A & Part B (read my
previous notes on this here). In my humble opinion, Part A is reading and you have to prove that
there is a strong link between this and Part B which is academic success.
My personal take on this question:
It looks like a clear-cut argument but besides your command of grammar and vocabulary, your
treatment of the issue will determine if you may get a high band or not especially for task
fulfilment. Personally, I feel many would immediately jump to agree wholeheartedly with the
issue given because how else can you achieve academic success if you did not read and study
something, right? However, if you want to score that few marks more than others, you will need to
train your brain to delve deeper and argue from the neutral or opposition side. Hence, a neutral
treatment of the question would better answer the question because the key term is Discuss
which means you should discuss both sides of the coin. If you prefer to rock the boat, go for the
opposition camp and discuss how in your opinion, reading is a not a strong link, in fact, it is a
weak link for academic success. To be a writer with critical thinking, you have to tune your brain
like a debaters. As a seasoned debater, you should know that you should avoid discussing other
factors that lead to academic success. Rather, you have to debunk how reading is NOT a strong
link by providing reasons why reading alone is ineffective.
Below are the three thesis statements for you to ponder. Take note that I have followed my 6
paragraph format as it is definitely better than the previous 5 paragraph format I championed in
my earlier days as a MUET teacher. These answers are not directly affiliated to MPMs answers in
any way as I do not have access to any of their marking schemes. Im just answering the question
as best as I deem possible and there will always be better writers than me. After all that is said and
done, my hope is to hone your thinking skills because the main challenge is not to teach you how
to write, but to train you to think. Grey matter matters. Polish it.

Ok, here goes.


A) Agree
Thesis Statement:
Academic success is based on knowledge and reading provides direct access to knowledge, a
variety of knowledge and transfer of knowledge.
Argument 1
Topic Sentence 1:
First and foremost, reading provides direct access to knowledge as it is the most convenient and
the fastest way to learn something because doing hands-on experiments for every single theory is
too time-consuming.
Argument 2
Topic Sentence 2:
Secondly, reading has a strong link to academic success because through reading we will be
exposed to a huge variety of knowledge, theories and information from various different sources

all around the world.


Argument 3
Topic Sentence 3:
Last but not least, reading leads directly to academic success because information from all sources
is transferred directly to the mind which can then be used to answer examination questions well
with excellent results and performance.
Counter Argument:
Topic Sentence 4:
However, reading alone cannot guarantee success as academic success also has strong links with a
persons IQ level, hands-on practical training and experimentation as well as intrinsic and
extrinsic motivational factors to name just a few.
Conclusion/Recommendation:
Education ministry should focus more on teaching reading skills in SPM level similar to the
MUET format where reading paper is given 40% weighting compared to writing (30%), listening
and speaking (15% each)

B)Neutral:
Thesis Statement:
Academic success depends on not just one but a combination of factors which include reading and
other factors such as IQ level and hands-on practical.
Argument 1
Topic sentence 1:
Firstly, reading provides the fastest and most direct access to information from various sources
which saves time because hands-on experimentation is too time consuming.
Argument 2
Topic Sentence 2:
In addition, reading leads directly to academic success because information from all sources is
transferred directly to the mind which can then be used to answer examination questions well
with excellent results and performance.
Counter Argument 1:
Topic Sentence 3:
On the contrary, a persons intrinsic character is a stronger link to academic success as our own
IQ, abilities and interests as well as motivation will contribute heavily to our academic success.
Counter Argument 2:
Topic Sentence 4:
Furthermore, reading is quite a weak link because it only provides theories whereas hands-on
practical experiences will increase understanding and performance as a persons ability to recall
or apply the information just by reading cannot be guaranteed.
Conclusion/Recommendation:
Academic success is a synergy of factors involving the student himself, his IQ and his ability to
master not just reading but writing, listening, speaking and all other softskills that when
combined, determines his academic success.

C)
Disagree
Thesis Statement:
Academic success is determined not mainly by reading, in fact, it is a weak link because reading

refers to only the theories, reading does not determine ability to recall theories and the ability to
apply the theories you have read to real life cannot be guaranteed.
Argument 1
Topic Sentence 1:
First and foremost, reading is a weak link because it is a two dimensional activity where a person
reads the words but may not be able to fully understand what is being read because this is
determined by a persons IQ level.
Argument 2
Topic Sentence 2:
Secondly, reading does not mean a person will be able to remember all the information and
theories read as again, this depends on a persons own mental ability.
Argument 3
Topic Sentence 3:
Lastly, the act of reading alone is not a guarantee of a person being able to apply the information
successfully in real life similar to the fact that reading a flying manual does not make one qualified
to fly a plane.
Counter Argument:
Topic Sentence 4:
Conversely, there is still a strong link between reading and academic success as reading is
necessary to access to information from all sources in the most cost effective, time-saving and
convenient way.
Conclusion/Recommendation
Reading is an important core of achieving academic success but the ability to read well is
determined by each individuals inner character and their IQ as well as how they handle stressful
conditions like examinations in order to achieve excellence in academia.