Taking Risks vs. Careful Planning


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 success in life comes from taking risks or chances. Others believe that success results from careful planning. In your opinion, what does success come from? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • In what situations is taking risks a good thing to do?
    • In what situations is careful planning a good thing to do?
    • What method tends to have the best results?


Skip this section if you have a 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
provision (n) a thing or amount supplied
We were thankful we had enough provisions to last the weekend.
chance (n) a possibility of something happening
She was afraid that there was a chance of rain.
strategic (adj) referring to long-term goals
He had to be strategic in how he made his next move in their chess game.
precarious (adj) not securely held or positioned
She was in a precarious spot where she had to decide what to do with her money.
jeopardize (v) put something at risk of danger
He asked her not to jeopardize the potential sale.
arrange (v) put in an efficient order
She wanted to arrange her day based on when she could get outside the most.
be after (expression) try to get or find
He always seemed to be after the next goal before the first one finished.
buy into (expression) accept an idea
They had to convince their teacher to buy into their new idea.
feel up to (expression) capable of doing something
He’ll only go if he felt up to driving for several hours.
run the risk (expression) subject oneself to potential danger
Turning the lights off will run the risk of people bumping into each other.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”
― Paulo Coelho


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

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