Topic: College Life



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: college life. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

fraternity/sorority (n) an organization of male students at a U.S. college; sorority for female
e.g. The frat I was part of was not a social fraternity.
freshman 15 (n) A term that refers to gaining weight your freshman year of college.
e.g. I saw my ex over Thanksgiving break –- he totally gained the freshman 15.
pledge (n) a person who has promised to join a college fraternity or sorority but who has not been officially accepted into the group
e.g. Our sorority usually accepts 10 pledges each year.
Dean’s List (n) College’s version of the honor roll.
e.g. My parents took me out for dinner because they’re so happy that I made the Dean’s List.
ace (v) to get the best grade possible. This term comes from tennis, in which an ace is a serve an opponent can’t return.
e.g. All that studying I did pay off. I aced that exam!
pregame (v) to go to a small party before a bigger party.
e.g. Our dorm’s hall party is at nine, but we’re going to pregame at Julie’s at seven.
RA (n) resident adviser or resident assistant. RAs are the students in a dormitory — usually upperclassmen — who enforce dorm rules and who help the other students living there.
e.g. If you lost your room key, you should go talk to the RA. She’ll tell you how to get a new one.
GPA killer (n) a hard class/test
e.g. I know I should take that class, but it’s going to be a GPA killer.
cram (v) to prepare (someone) for a test, exam, etc., by teaching a lot of information quickly — usually + for
e.g. I pulled an all-nighter to cram for the exam.
AP (academic probation) (n) A warning students receive when they’re not maintaining a certain GPA and, sometimes, not taking enough credits per semester.
e.g. I wanted to rush but I’m on academic probation.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What is/was your typical day like at college?
  2. What are three big differences between your college life and your high school days?
  3. What is your fondest memory of your college experience?
  4. What is your worst memory of your college experience?
  5. Did you have any college romances?
  6. What was the hardest thing about going to college?
  7. Where is/was the best place for you to study? Why?
  8. What’s the best advice you would tell a brother/sister or friend who is now entering college?
  9. If you could have done something different with your college life, what would you have done differently?
  10. “Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out.”– Mark Twain. What do you think?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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