This post will look at phrasal verbs related to the topic of education.

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Review these phrasal verbs and examples:

  1. BRUSH UP ON – IMPROVE AT I need to brush up on my English vocabulary.
  2. CATCH ON – UNDERSTAND I generally catch onto new things very easily.
  3. CATCH UP WITH – BE AT THE SAME LEVEL I need to catch up with some schoolwork.
  4. COME UP WITH – THINK OF I always come up with great mnemonics to remember things.
  5. COPE WITH – HANDLE/DEAL WITH/FACE I find it hard to cope with pressure in exams.
  6. CROSS OUT – DELETE BY PUTTING A LINE THROUGH THE WORD If you make a mistake, just cross the word out.
  7. DROP OUT OF – QUIT I am going to drop out of university.
  8. FIGURE OUT – SOLVE I need help to figure out the answer.
  9. FILL IN – COMPLETE In this exercise, you need to fill in the gaps.
  10. GET AT – SUGGEST OR TRY TO SAY What are you getting at?
  11. GET ALONG WITH (STH) – CONTINUE We should get along with the assignment.
  12. GET TO – START STUDYING Let’s get to work on the project.
  13. GIVE UP/IN – QUIT You must not give in or you will never learn.
  14. GO OVER – REVIEW You should go over your notes before the exam.
  15. HAND IN – GIVE TO THE TEACHER You must hand in the assignment before the deadline.
  16. KEEP UP WITH – FOLLOW THE PACE OF I struggle to keep up with the course.
  17. LOOK INTO – INVESTIGATE OR RESEARCH SOMETHING The researchers are looking into the subject.
  18. LOOK UP – SEARCH FOR If you don’t know a word, look it up online.
  19. RUB OUT – ERASE If you make a mistake, just rub it out.
  20. SAIL THROUGH – DO WITH EASE We all sailed through the course.
  21. SET OUT – EXPLAIN The teacher set out the task.
  22. STICK TO – CONTINUE IN THE SAME WAY You must stick to a timetable to learn English well.
  23. TAKE IN – UNDERSTAND I normally take in all of the information in class.
  24. THINK OVER – CONSIDER I am thinking over what subjects to pick.
  25. WRITE DOWN – TAKE NOTES i always write everything down in class.

Speaking questions:

  1. Do you catch on to everything that your English teacher says?
  2. Do you take in new English words with ease?
  3. What would you most like to look into about the English language?
  4. What do you think you should brush up on to improve your English?
  5. Have you ever dropped out of a course? Which and why?
  6. Do you ever sail through exams?
  7. Do you deal with pressure in exams well?
  8. Do you write down a lot of notes in your English class?
  9. Do you have trouble keeping up with your English class?
  10. Do you normally hand in your assignments on time?
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