Learning about Past


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.

  • Learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • In what ways would learning about the past have value?
    • In what ways would learning about the past not have value?
    • Describe a time when you learned something about the past.


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
background (n) situations of a previous time
She had to explain her educational background in the interview.
past (n) a previous time or era
What kind of past did she have?
thoughtful (adj) showing consideration for others
He was so thoughtful in how he treated his younger siblings.
valuable (adj) of great worth or significance
Experiences are very valuable things to learn from.
reflect (v) think carefully or deeply about
Take a minute to reflect on your journey thus far.
experience (v) encounter or undergo
She wanted to experience all that she could during her trip.
mull over (expression) think about extensively
Could I mull over my answers a little longer?
own up (expression) admit to
He asked her to own up to her mistakes.
read up on (expression) research
She wanted to read up on the history of her city.
draw a blank (expression) get no response from a question
He drew a blank and didn’t know what the correct answer was. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Soren Kierkeggard


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

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