Advice or Personal Experience?


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 believe that the best way of learning about life is by listening to the advice of family and friends. Other people believe that the best way of learning about life is through personal experience. Compare the advantages of these two different ways of learning about life. Which do you think is preferable? Use specific examples to support your preference.
    • What are the advantages of learning from the advice of others?
    • What are the advantages of learning through personal experience?
    • Which method do you have the most opportunity to grow?


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
experience (n) practical contact with knowledge and facts
She preferred to learn from her experience as a teacher.
mistake (n) action or judgment that misguided or wrong
She was afraid to make a mistake in deciding. 
experiential (adj) based on observation
Some of the tough lessons are learned through experiential living.
wise (adj) having or showing knowledge
She asked her wise friends what she should do.
mentor (v) advise or train
He asked him to mentor him as he pursued his career.
confess (v) admit or state something done wrong
He confessed he didn’t know the answer.
learn from (expression) to gain experience and information based on a situation
There was a lot he could learn from his mistakes.
own up (expression) admit or confess to something
After he crashed the car, he had to own up to his mistake.
ask around (expression) to seek advice from others
She had to ask around about what would be the best option for her.
penny for your thoughts (expression) ask someone what they’re thinking
Could I get a penny for your thoughts about this situation?

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”
― Albert Einstein


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

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