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 debater’s. 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 MPM’s answers in
any way as I do not have access to any of their marking schemes. I’m 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. Counter Argument: Topic Sentence 4: However. Counter Argument 1: Topic Sentence 3: On the contrary. it is a weak link because reading . reading alone cannot guarantee success as academic success also has strong links with a person’s IQ level. Conclusion/Recommendation: Academic success is a synergy of factors involving the student himself. 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%). abilities and interests as well as motivation will contribute heavily to our academic success. 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. 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 1 Topic sentence 1: Firstly. 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. speaking and all other softskills that when combined. 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. in fact. listening. Argument 3 Topic Sentence 3: Last but not least. determines his academic success. his IQ and his ability to master not just reading but writing. C) Disagree Thesis Statement: Academic success is determined not mainly by reading. Argument 2 Topic Sentence 2: In addition. a person’s intrinsic character is a stronger link to academic success as our own IQ. reading is quite a weak link because it only provides theories whereas hands-on practical experiences will increase understanding and performance as a person’s ability to recall or apply the information just by reading cannot be guaranteed. hands-on practical training and experimentation as well as intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors to name just a few. Counter Argument 2: Topic Sentence 4: Furthermore.

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. . Argument 3 Topic Sentence 3: Lastly. reading does not mean a person will be able to remember all the information and theories read as again. Argument 2 Topic Sentence 2: Secondly. reading does not determine ability to recall theories and the ability to apply the theories you have read to real life cannot be guaranteed. time-saving and convenient way. 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 person’s IQ level. Argument 1 Topic Sentence 1: First and foremost. Counter Argument: Topic Sentence 4: Conversely.refers to only the theories. 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. this depends on a person’s own mental ability. Conclusion/Recommendation Reading is an important core of achieving academic success but the ability to read well is determined by each individual’s inner character and their IQ as well as how they handle stressful conditions like examinations in order to achieve excellence in academia.