Grading System


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.

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Grades (marks) encourage students to learn. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
    • How do grades encourage students to learn?
    • How do grades discourage students in learning?
    • What would be an alternative to grades?


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
incentive (n) a thing that motivates or encourages someone to do better
She used her grades as an incentive for being able to play with her friends.
error (n) mistake
The teacher counted off if there were any errors in spelling. 
discouraged (adj) causing someone to lose confidence
When a student performs poorly, they can often become discouraged and sad about school.
fair (adj) in accordance with rules
He didn’t think it was fair that she got the better grade.
grade (v) give a mark to
The teacher spent hours having to grade all the papers.
motivate (v) provide someone with a motive for doing something
For many schools, grades motivate students to do better.
take off (expression) to remove
She had to take off points for misspellings. 
wear out (expression) to become unusable
He made so many changes that his eraser eventually was going to wear out
make up (expression) to invent or count for
She could make up the points she missed if she made the changes and then resubmitted her paper. 
pass with flying colors (expression) complete something successfully
With her persuasive essay, she passed with flying colors and could graduate.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela


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

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