Educational institution

  1. Kindergarten/pre-school
  2. Primary school
  3. Secondary school
  4. Tertiary school/university
  5. Post-graduate school


School Subjects

  • Math
  • Chemistry
  • Language
  • Natural science
  • Cookery
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • Handicraft
  • Science
  • Religious studies
  • Art
  • Physics
  • History
  • Music
  • Biology
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Physical education (PE)


Key vocabulary

  • Scholarship (n.) -an amount of money given by a school, college, university, or other organization to pay for the studies
  • Student loan (n.) -an agreement by which a student at a college or university borrows money from a bank to pay for their education and then pays the money back after they finish studying and start working
  • Incentive course (n.) – a particular course which focuses on a certain subject in a short period
  • Gap year = a year between leaving school and starting university that is usually spent travelling or working
  • Transcript of record (n.) – Transcript of Records is an official document from your university indicating all the courses you have previously passed until your exchange period
  • Prerequisite (n.) – a thing that is required as a prior condition for something else to happen or exist.
  • Credit hour (n.) – used as measure if enough hours have been made for graduation
  • Transfer credits (n.) – is the acceptance of prior learning represented in course units or credits applied and articulated on a student’s academic transcript
  • Dropping a class (n.) -for most colleges and universities, there is a two week add/drop window at the beginning of each semester when you can make schedule changes without a penalty
  • Withdrawing (n.) – once the add/drop period has closed, the only way to get out of a class is to withdraw
  • Literate (adj.) – (of a person) able to read and write
  • Illiterate (adj.) – (of a person) unable to read and write
  • The literacy rate (n.) – is the percentage of people in a certain sample of population or country that have the ability to read and write
  • BA (n.) – Bachelor of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • BSc (n.) – Bachelor of Sciences
  • MA (n.) – Masters of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • MSc (n.) – Masters of Sciences
  • PHD (n.) – Doctor of Philosophy
  • Field trip (n.) – visits to an outside area of the normal classroom and made by a teacher and students for purposes of firsthand observation
  • Report card (n.) – a teacher’s written statement about a student’s performance at school
  • Elective classes (n.) – the classes that a student can take which are not compulsory to complete the graduation or degree
  • Freshman (n.) – a first-year student at a university, college, or high school
  • Sophomore (n.) – a second-year college or high school student
  • Junior (n.) – a person who is a specified number of years younger than someone else
  • Senior (n.) – a person who is a specified number of years older than someone else
  • A mature student (n.) – a student who is older than average and who has usually returned to education after a period at work



  • To pick up – to learn a new skill or start a habit
  • Get the knack of -to learn how to do something competently or well after a certain period of practice or development
  • To get the hang of -to learn to handle something with some skill, through practice or diligence
  • To not have the foggiest idea – not know or understand something at all
  • To be clueless – having no knowledge of something, or of things in general
  • To play truant – to stay away from classes without permission
  • To learn something by heart– to memorize it
  • Cut class – not to go classes
  • Hit the book – to begin to study hard
  • Eager beaver– someone who works hard and is enthusiastic
  • Flunk out to fail a course– to fail and leave a school