New Experience vs. Usual Habits


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 enjoy change, and they look forward to new experiences. Others like their lives to stay the same, and they do not change their usual habits. Compare these two approaches to life. Which approach do you prefer? Explain why.
    • When was a time when you had to experience a change in life?
    • When was a time where you chose to follow your usual habits?
    • In which scenario did you learn and grow the most?


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
habit (n) a usual way of behaving, something that a person does in a regular and repeated way
He had many habits he held onto for years. 
approach (n) a way of dealing with something
He decided to change his approach in asking for a pay raise.
constant (adj) happening all the time or very often over a period of time
His constant cup of coffee on his desk reassured him to get his work done.
uncertain (adj) not exactly known or decided
When you choose to change your habits, there is a lot that can be uncertain about life. 
change (v) to become different
He was nervous about the option to change up his routine, but he was glad he did. 
maintain (v) to cause something to exist or continue without changing
He hoped to maintain his habit of eating cereal for breakfast every day.
set off (expression) to start a journey
They were eager to set off on a new adventure in a different country.
adapt to (expression) to alter your current situation to follow the present
She needed to adapt to this new way of living.
get out of (expression) to avoid doing something
He was hoping to get out of changing jobs in his industry.
can’t teach an old dog new tricks (expression) the belief that people who are set in their ways will find it difficult to change their habits
Despite his passion for learning, he thought that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and start his new career.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw


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

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