The theme for Friday Lab in Midtown this week is EDUCATION, and here are some #vocabulary & #idioms to get you in the mood for Lab. :-)
CRAM for an exam (study a lot of material in a short time)
- Tom's cramming for his exam tomorrow.
ACE a test (do very well/get a 100% on a test)
A SMART COOKIE (an intelligent person)
- Sally aced her test again. She's such a smart cookie!
KEEP IT DOWN (don't make a lot of noise)
PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER (Study/work all night)
- Let's keep it down. John is pulling an all-nighter. He has to finish a huge project.
MAJOR IN (focus on a field of study)
- Sue's majoring in engineering. Her sister Patty is majoring in political science.
HAND IN (submit; turn in)
- The teacher asked his students to hand in their homework at the beginning of class.
Your choices are CRAM, ACE, SMART COOKIE, KEEP IT DOWN, PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER, MAJOR IN, HAND IN. Remember to put your answers in the correct grammatical form.
A: Paul is such a 1.______________. Did you know he graduated first in his class?
B: I had no idea! I remember once he told me he thought he was going to fail a test, but he actually 2._________ it!
A: That sounds like him. He's always ready for a test. If he's not, he usually 3._________________ to make sure he does well.
B: I know; he studies every single day, so I'm sure he never 4._________ for a test.
A: Nope, not Paul. His roommate says he can't play loud music. He always has to 5._________________ because Paul is always studying.
B: We were in the same biology class last semester, and while some of us were late with our homework, he always 6._____________ his on time.
A: You were in a biology class? I thought you were studying engineering?
B: Oh, I haven't told you. I decided to 7.______________ biology because I might apply to medical school in the future.
A: Really? Good for you!
So, how well did you do? Don't forget to practice, and feel free to write your sentences below or on social media and tag them #ilovenylc.
Until next time!
-- Joe Yu, ESL instructor
ANSWERS: 1. SMART COOKIE 2. ACED 3. PULLS AN ALL-NIGHTER 4. CRAMS 5. KEEP IT DOWN 6. HANDED IN 7. MAJOR IN