Thanh Nguyen

ESSAY 4 : CLASSMATES OR PARENTS: WHO IS MORE INFLUENTIAL?

Posted on: April 2, 2009

Dear Thanh,

First, I work with you on your sentence skills. Later on, we will move to the other things🙂

Do you agree or disagree with this following statement? Classmates have more influence on a child’s success in school than parents do. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.


Nowadays, some educators think that classmates have more influence on a young student’s success than his or her parents do. I definitely agree with that ideal. In my opinion, classmates are much more helpful to a young student’s success in school than [the student’s parents.] his or her parents

Firstly [First], classmates can help each other to study because they know the material in class.

Consider this sentence: [First, classmate can explain lesson or help his friend to do homework.]

Sometimes, homework is too hard difficult for patents parents because they don’t familiar with the material that a student learns in school.

consider this sentence: sometimes, homework is difficult for parents because they don’t familiar with the material that their child learns in school.

A student can also form a study group with his or her classmates so s/he can increase knowledge and improve social skills when interact with the classmates.

Consider this sentence: A student can also form a study group with his or her classmates, so s/he can understand well lesson and improve study skills.

[Furthermore, study group can help slower students improve very fast because other members of study group can encourage s/he to study harder. These are things that parents cannot help us.

consider this sentence: Furthermore, study group can help a weak student to improve his habits to study and work harder because other members of study group can support him to do his best or encourage him to study harder. Those are things that parents cannot help their child.]

Se [Secondly, students have much happier time with their classmate than with their parents. I spend five hour a day studying and playing with my classmates at school and it is the funniest time in my whole day.

Se  consider this:  Second, a student can have much happier time with his classmate than with his parents. For example most students spend five hours a day to study or have other activities with  their classmates at school and they still think it is the good time of the day.]


We [We do various activities together in school like playing baseball or soccer, chatting, etc…In the weekend; we often go to the movies, play computer games together… That’s why classmates have so much influence on a student’s success.

We We do various activities together in school like playing baseball or soccer, chatting, etc…during the weekend we often go to the movie theater, or play computer games together. That is why classmates have so much influence on their peer’s success.]   (to be continue)

When we hang out with good or bad classmates, we’ll gradually become like them. We spend much more time with our parents each day, but it’s not as fun as the time with our friends. Therefore, parents are not influential enough to a child’s success.


It is obviously that classmates are much more influential then parents at helping young students to succeed in school. Classmates can have fun with each other, and they are familiar with the material in school.

Read this one from the net:

Teens want to be with people their own age — their peers.  During adolescence teens spend more time with their peers and without parental supervision.  With peers, teens can be both connected and independent, as they break away from their parents’ images of them and develop identities of their own.

While many families help teens in feeling proud and confident of their unique traits, backgrounds, and abilities, peers are often more accepting of the feelings, thoughts, and actions associated with the teen’s search for self-identity.

The influence of peers — whether positive or negative — is of critical importance in your teen’s life.  Whether you like it or not, the opinions of your child’s peers often carry more weight than yours.


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