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 trust their first impressions about a person’s character because they believe these judgments are generally correct. Other people do not judge a person’s character quickly because they believe first impressions are often wrong. Compare these two attitudes. Which attitude do you agree with? Support your choice with specific examples.
- When has your first impression of someone been wrong?
- When has your first impression of someone been correct?
- Which attitude do you tend to rely on?
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.
|impression||(n) the idea, feeling or opinion about something or someone, especially one formed without conscious thought
A first impression can be important or not at all.
|appearance||(n) the way someone or something looks
Some people base their judgments on the appearance of someone.
|positive||(adj) no possibility of doubt, clear
She was positive that he was a good guy.
|accurate||(adj) correct in all details
His impression of her was accurate – she was down-to-earth.
|judge||(v) form an opinion or conclusion about someone or something
She was sure not to judge someone before getting to know him or her first.
|encounter||(v) to unexpectedly experience something
He wasn’t ready to encounter his elementary school bullies.
|appeal to||(expression) to be attractive or interesting
Her fun, outgoing personality appealed to the other girls in the group.
|make sure||(expression) to verify, double check
He had to make sure that the facts were correct before saying anything.
|size up||(expression) to examine someone or something closely
Before the game started, he sized up the competition.
|judge a book by its cover||(expression) to prejudge the value of something based on outward appearance
When making new friends, she knew it was important to not judge a book by its cover and base her thoughts on outward appearance.
Read the following quote out loud.
“You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
― Will Rogers