Classmate vs. Parents


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? Classmates are a more important influence than parents on a child’s success in school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • What value do parents bring to a child’s success in school?
    • What value do classmates bring to a child’s success in school?
    • Give an example of how you have been influenced by either parents or classmates.


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
parent (n) a father or mother
She knew her parents had a big influence on her receiving perfect grades.
classmate (n) a fellow member of a class or school activity
He could always trust that his classmate knew what was going on.
authoritative (adj) able to be trusted as being accurate or true
Her parents spoke with an authoritative voice that she listened to.
influential (adj) having great influence on someone or something
They wondered whether his parents or classmates were more influential in his life.
persuade (v) cause someone to do something through reasoning or argument
The group of classmates could often persuade the teacher for more time on an assignment.
aid (v) help, of a practical nature
The classmate that sat next to her was eager to aid her in the worksheets.
abide by (expression) respect or follow the rules
None of her classmates like to abide by the rules.
clamp down on (expression) to act strictly to prevent something
His mom always clamped down on him so he would do his homework immediately.
deal with (expression) to manage or take care of something
Her father always knew how to deal with difficult math problems.
back to basics (expression) approach using traditional methods
After struggling with the problem for a while, the teacher suggested they went back to basics and start over.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow.”
― John Dewey


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

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