Early Bird vs Night Owl?


After a quick greeting, 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.

  • Some people prefer to get up early in the morning and start the day’s work. Others prefer to get up later in the day and work until late at night. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
    • Are you more awake and alert in the morning or in the evening?
    • Do you often struggle to wake up in the morning or stay awake at night?
    • If you know if you’re an early bird or night owl, how can you organize your day to highlight your best times?


Skip this section if you have 15-minute plan. 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

Expression Definition
schedule (n) a plan of things that will be done and the times they will be done
They needed to stick to a schedule in order to get everything done.
go-getter (n) a person who works very hard and who wants very much to succeed
Ever since elementary school, she’s always been a go-getter in chasing after her goals.
productive (adj) doing or achieving a lot: working hard and getting good results
She knew she could get the project done if she was productive.
wired (adj) used to say that someone does or does not have a natural tendency to behave in a certain way
She knew she was wired to stay up late into the morning to be at her most efficient.
try (v) to make an effort to do something: to attempt to accomplish or complete something
Although she was tired, she wanted to try taking a night class.
plan (v) to think about and arrange the parts or details of something before it happens or is made
When you know when you work best, you can plan out your day better.
sleep in (expression) remain asleep or in bed later than usual
He stayed up late because he knew he could sleep in.
turn down (expression) reject
Since he was up since 3 a.m., he turned down the invitation to go out that evening.
try out (expression) test
When she learned she was an early bird, she wanted to try out getting her work done in the morning.
early bird gets the worm (expression) someone who takes initiative and gets going finds success
As she pulled herself out of bed, she remembered that her mom encouraged her to do work in the morning because the early bird gets the worm.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is that you’re the pilot.”
― Michael Altshuler


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

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