TOEFL Independent Writing
Topic: 托福真题 （三选一题型）作者选第二条来回答，同时也兼顾比较第一条和第三条。
Which do you think is the most important factor in helping a student to succeed at college or university?
1. Having access to the university tutors who can provide individual instructions 能够接触到可以提供个别指导的大学导师
2. Having the financial help and encouragement from the family 有家庭的经济帮助和鼓励
3. Having excellent teachers in high school before university studies 在大学学习之前，有优秀的高中老师
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Essay: 托福范文 （谢振礼原创）
In today’s society of the growing opportunity gap, a tremendous amount of a student’s success at college or university is determined by the financial support from that student’s family. Precisely, college success and graduation are more likely for students who have parents financially involved. Believe it or not, the wealth of the family is the most important factor for a student to get a degree successfully.
Believe it, for a student to get a college degree, parental contributions in terms of money should not be overlooked due to some hard realities. While a post-secondly credential has never been more demanding than ever before, college has never been more expensive. It is true that college remains the best investment a student can make in the future, but the problem now is money, or the lack of it. For this reason, many students drop out from colleges and fail to complete degrees. Unfortunately but truly, hard work and academic talent often matter less than the ability to pay the cost of a higher education. If a degree is a marker of a student’s success in college, a student would find it difficult or even impossible to make it without the financial encouragement from the more privileged family backgrounds.
Believe it again! The most important factor for a student to succeed in college is more directly related to sufficient money provided by the family, than to professional advice from tutors in university, or to high-quality education from high school. The basic argument is that some people happen to be born to families that are better off, better educated, and better situated, and that matters a lot and that puts them at a natural advantage. Accordingly in real life, rich dull students are more likely to get a college degree than smart poor students. Considering all that, it is as if to say that much of a student’s success in college depends on what is called the “birth lottery,” and people have no say in the card they draw. It has become evident that, without the financial substance from the family, neither academic performance from a student since high school, nor tutoring from university can be a decisive factor leading to a degree.
Whether people believe it or not, the most important factor contributing to a student’s success in college must be directly related to the family richness. In truth, parents’ financial ability or inability can make or break it. Those who think otherwise, think again!