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IELTS Vocabulary: Topic EDUCATION

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EDUCATION is a common topic in IELTS. Here is a list of words that you need to know to get a good score.

1.to cover a lot of ground
Meaning: to deal with much information and many facts.
Example: The history lecture covered a lot of ground today.
2.to tailor teaching styles/ strategies
Meaning: to make or prepare teaching styles following particular instructions
Example: When faced with classes of students with different levels of ability, teachers should tailor their teaching strategies to deal with this challenge.
3.a high-flyer
Meaning: someone who has the desire and ability to be very successful in their studies
Example: The problem with our teacher is that she explains things too quickly for most of the students and she pays most attention only to the academic high-flyers in the class.
4.transmission of knowledge
Meaning: the process of passing knowledge from one person to another
Example: I believe that the transmission of knowledge is more effective in face-to-face interaction with teachers rather than online learning.
5.interactive learning
Meaning: Refers to a method of teaching and learning in which teachers ask questions in class, assign and check homework, or hold class or group discussions.
Example: With or without the aid of technology, interactive learning helps students strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills.
6.to bombard someone with something
Meaning: to continually send someone something, esp. to inform or influence them.
Example: Every day it seems as if we are bombarded with e-mail messages warning of computer viruses.
7.to have a good grasp of something
Meaning: to understand a problem deeply and completely
Example: Children who begin to learn a foreign language in primary school are usually able tohave a good grasp of the new language quickly.
8.to make the grade
Meaning: To successfully reach the necessary standard
Example: Nobody can succeed in their studies if they rely on luck rather than hard work to make the grade.
9.continuous assessment
Meaning: giving students marks for course work or projects, rather than formal exams
Example: Many students prefer continuous assessment because they consider that exams are unfair and too stressful.
10.to be out of one’s depth
Meaning: to be unable to understand something because it is too difficult
Example: Streaming in schools enables pupils to study at the level which is appropriate for them, and therefore students rarely find themselves out oftheir depth.
11.a formal examination
Meaning: a test conducted under strict, regulated conditions
Example: Entrance to university usually involves achieving required grades in a formal examination, such as IELTS.
12.to work your way through university
Meaning: to have a job when you are at college/university in order to help to pay for your studies
Example: He had to work his way through university because his family was so poor that they could not afford his tuition fees.
13.to take a year out
Meaning: It is when you have finished your school and you’ve got a place at the University but you’d rather spend a year at “the school of life”, either working, doing some community work, doing something adventurous.
Example: Taking a year out before starting your degree course can give you a chance to further develop your skills, as well as giving you the opportunity perhaps to travel and work in a different country.
14.to sift information
Meaning: to remove unwanted or less useful information
Example: I had to sift hundreds of pages of information to discover the data that I needed to support my theory.
15.to work/study under supervision
Meaning: work/ study under the direction of a responsible person
Example: At college, I discovered I did not have to work under supervision all the time, and I was free to do independent research.
16.Top-tier institutions
Meaning: leading or prestigious educational institutions
Example: The government has pumped huge amounts of money into a select group of top-tier institutions in recent years.
17.to deliver a lecture
Meaning: to give a lecture
Example: It is just as easy to deliver a lecture online as it is to give a lecture in front of a class of students in a lecture theatre.
18.streaming in schools
Meaning: the policy of dividing pupils into groups of the same level of ability
Example: One disadvantage of streaming in schools is that children in the lower groups have less motivation to study because they think of themselves as failures.
19.extra-curricular activities
Meaning: not part of the usual course work or studies in school or college
Example: Most UK universities offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as sport, music and drama to help students enjoy university life to the full.
20.to fall behind with your studies
Meaning: to improve more slowly in studying than other people so that you fail to learn the course material at the necessary speed
Example: Irregular attendance at classes is one of reasons why some students fall behind with their studies.
21.to drop out of college
Meaning: to leave college or university without finishing your studies
Example: A number of students drop out of college when faced with the pressure of formal exams.
22.to pay off a student loan
Meaning: to repay money borrowed in order to study at college or university
Example: Owing to the difficulties of paying off a student loan, some young people prefer to look for a job after leaving school.
23.to impose discipline
Meaning: to make students obey the rules of the school or college
Example: If teachers fail to impose discipline in class, then students will not learn anything.
24.to disrupt lessons
Meaning: to make it difficult to conduct the lesson in the normal way
Example: If strict discipline is not imposed on pupils who disrupt lessons, then the education of all the children in the school will suffer.
25.distance learning
Meaning: delivering education to students who are not physically at school/at university
Example: Although she lives in a remote rural area, she is able to study for a degree by distance learning.
26.to give feedback
Meaning: to give guidance on the work of a student through comments or corrections
Example: It is essential for teachers to give some feedback to students, so that students understand their mistakes and can improve.
27.face-to-face learning
Meaning: to study in the traditional way in a classroom with fellow students and a teacher
Example: Face-to-face learning motivates students and encourages interaction in the classroom.
28.to sit an exam
Meaning: to take an exam
Example: Some students claim that they feel more motivated to study when they have to sit an exam at the end of their course.
29.tertiary education/higher education
Meaning: education at college or university level
Example: Some school leavers prefer to start work rather than enter tertiaryeducation.
30.a virtual classroom
Meaning: an online classroom in which participants can communicate and interact with other students, view videos and actively engage with the study materials
Example: Many people argue that the virtual classroom will replace traditional teaching methods, eliminating the need for teachers.


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