Making Decisions


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.

  • Decisions can be made quickly, or they can be made after careful thought. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The decisions that people make quickly are always wrong. Use reasons and specific examples to support your opinion.
    • When was a time you had to make a quick decision?
    • When was a time you could think through and process your answer to a decision?
    • Which decision-making process did you prefer?


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
decision (n) a choice that you make about something after thinking about it
They reached a decision after careful analysis of the situation.
solution (n) something that is used or done to deal with an end a problem
He came to a solution very quickly about how to mend the broken table.
hesitant (adj) slow to act or speak especially because you are nervous or unsure about what to do
He was hesitant to accept the offer as he wasn’t sure if it was the right fit for him.
methodical (adj) done by using a careful and organized procedure
He seemed methodical in choosing which beverage to order from the long menu. 
decide (v) to make a choice about something
At some point, you’ll just have to decide which option you prefer.
process (v) to deal with something by using a particular method or system
Before choosing which sandwich to get, he had to process which ingredients he would like the most.
account for (expression) to explain, give a reason
Before deciding which shoes to wear, she had to account for what the weather was.
shop around (expression) to compare prices
She needed to shop around before settling on one dress for the party. 
think over (expression) to consider
Before making a decision, he had to think over the results.
caught between two stools (expression) when someone finds it difficult to choose between two options
He was caught between two stools in deciding whether to go to the party or her family dinner.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
― Tony Robbins


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

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