Education & Study Vocabulary



Practice makes perfect


Two heads are better than one


Rome wasn’t built in a day


He that nothing questions, nothing learns


Education & Study Vocabulary

Bookworm – a person unusually devoted to reading and study


Eager beaver – a keen and enthusiastic person who works very hard.

When you brainstorm new ideas, you develop new ideas, through a discussion in which several people make lots of suggestions and the best ones are chosen.

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  • When you hit the books (informal), you study intensively.
  • If you memorise something / learn something off by heart, you you can remember all the words in it.

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  • If you know the subject inside out, you know it very well.
  • If you have a knack for (informal) something, you are exceptionally proficient at something


  • If you pass an exam, you get a good mark for it.

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  • If you fail an exam, you get a bad mark for it.

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  • If you revise for an exam or brush up on (informal) you prepare for it.
  • If you cram for an exam, you study intensively for the exam.
  • If you sit an exam, you participate in it.
  • A mock exam or a mock test is an exam or test taken as practice before an official examination
  • School-leaving exams are the exams you take when you leave school.
  • Final exams or finals are your graduation exams.
  • Earning a degree means getting a degree. 
  • When you do your Bachelor’s / Master’s degree, you study to get the degree.
  • When you hand in work or submit your work, you give your work to a teacher so he/she checks it.
  • When a teacher gives you a mark for your work, he or she assesses your work.
  • When your mind goes completely blank, you suddenly cannot remember anything.
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  • When you are in a certain frame of mind you have a particular mood and way of thinking.
Example: I wonder what frame of mind he was in when he wrote the letter.

mind frame

  •  When something comes to your mind, you suddenly recall it.
  •  When you make up your mind, you make a final decision on something.
  •  When something slipped your mind, it means you forgot it.
  • When you say that Great minds run in the same channel you mean that all intelligent people think alike or come up with similar ideas.
  • When you attend classes, you are present.
  • When you miss classes (or skip classes (informal), or ditch classes (informal)), you do not go to them.

When you get new skills or knowledge, you gain them, or obtain them, or acquire them)

  • When you to drop out from the university, you leave school or college before you have finished your studies.
  • If a university has a high dropout rate, many students leave it before finishing their education.
  • When you flunk out of the university, you have to leave college (even if you do not want to) because of bad marks etc.
  • When you study long and hard in order to get to the university, you work your way through university.
  • A state school is a government-funded school which provides education free of charge to pupils.

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  • A private school is a non-governmental school.
  • A top-notch university is an excellent university.

Enrolling in a university course is your chance to open the door to better career opportunities. 

If you keep up with your studies, you do whatever is necessary to stay on the same level with your classmates / groupmates.

If you fall behind with your studies, you make less progress in your studies than your classmates / groupmates.

Other words and expressions

about study in general


  • When you make the most out of every opportunity to study, you apply all your efforts to study.
  • If your study requires a huge investment of time and money, it means it takes a lot of them.

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  • If you study day in, day out, you study continuously or repeatedly over a long period of time.
  • Your education will certainly help you get ahead (informal) – it will help you become more successful than other people.
  • After school, people often go on to university (informal) – continue their education at university.

about subjects

  • Chloe excels in humanities, especially languages.
  • Mark doesn’t like science, he’s just too lazy to learn formulas.
  • A major is the main subject or course of a student at college or university

about types of work

  • A lecture presents themes and information from a course. 

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  • A tutorial is a group discussion of information from a course.
  • A workshop presents how the information can be put into practice.
  • A continuous assessment when you get your final mark based on how you worked during a course and usually is opposed to examination.

about graduation

  • A graduation ceremony is a ceremony during which you get a degree or diploma.
  • If you graduate from a university or school with honours, you receive a special mark/grade for having achieved a very high standard
  • Alumni are the former male and female students of a school, college or university

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about the study process

  • When a teacher gives you feedback, he provides you with a reaction to your work.
  • When you meet a deadline, you finish something at the time it has to be finished.

Education & Study Vocabulary

  • There will always be a place for course books in the school curriculum.
  • Course books  (whether conventional or digital) have been developed by pedagogical experts and designed to be incorporated into a subject syllabus, leading to testing procedures such as formal examinations or continuous assessment.
  • When students live on campus, they live in the buildings of a college or university and the land that surrounds them.
  • A dormitory (a dorm) is a building for university or college students to live in
  • Plagiarism is when you steal someone’s intellectual work.
  • Anyone who is cheating will be automatically disqualified from the examination.
  • John got caught using a cheat sheet during the test.
  • Tuition fee is the money you pay for a course
  • Dissertation (on something) is a long piece of writing on a particular subject, especially one written for a university degree
  • Thesis (on something) is a long piece of writing completed by a student as part of a university degree, based on their own research

What’s the difference between a syllabus and a curriculum?

Syllabus is the document that contains all the portion of the concepts covered in a subject.
Curriculum is the overall content, taught in an educational system or a course.
Syllabus is a Greek term.
Curriculum is a Latin term.
Set for
A subject
A course
Set out by
Exam board
Government or the administration of school, college or institute.
For a fixed term, normally a year.
Till the course lasts.
Varies from teacher to teacher.
Same for all teachers.


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