Words Related to Campus Life
This list contains words and expressions
commonly used on American campuses to discuss both academic and social
life. The list is certainly not exhaustive, and if you have any additions
or suggestions - or if you have any questions (e.g. about pronunciation) -
please let me know.
Of course, many of the words on the list have other meanings in other
contexts. Only the usage in "campus jargon" is given
(adj) = adjective, (n) = noun,
(prep phrase) = prepositional phrase, (v) = verb
(n) a person who helps students make decisions about their academic
1. Dr. Feser is the academic advisor for the engineering students.
2. You should see your academic advisor before you decide.
3. Is Dr. Feser your academic advisor?
4. I can't see my academic advisor until Friday.
ace (v) to receive a grade of A
1. I aced that exam.
2. Find someone who aced the course to help you.
3. Did Kathy ace her Computer Science class?
4. If I don't ace the final, I'll get a B in the course.
admissions office (n) the administrative office where students apply
for admission to a college or university
1. I have an appointment at the admissions office to review my application.
2. Why don't you go over to the admissions office?
3. You mean you couldn't find the admissions office?
4. I need to get to the admissions office before five o'clock.
all-nighter (n) a study session that lasts all night
(Note: The full expression - with the verb - is "to pull an
1. We had to pull an all-nighter to get ready for the final exam.
2. If I were you, I wouldn't pull another all-nighter.
3. Why did you pull another all-nighter? I thought you knew the material.
4. I have to pull an all-nighter in order to be ready for the final exam.
article (n) a publication about an academic subject
1. We read six articles in addition to the reading in the textbook.
2. You'd better read the articles that were assigned.
3. Have you already read the articles?
4. I need to read the articles again.
assignment (n) work that must be done as part of the requirements
for a class
The assignment was to read two chapters in the textbook.
2. You'd better read the assignment before class.
3. So you did read the assignment after all.
4. I can't finish the assignment before class.
assistant professor (n) a college or university teacher who ranks
above a lecturer and below an associate professor
1. Dr. Brown is an assistant professor.
2. Why don't you find out whether he is a lecturer or an assistant
3. You mean Dr. Brown isn't an assistant professor?
4. I need to find out whether Dr. Brown is an assistant professor.
assistantship (n) an opportunity for a graduate student to teach or
do research in exchange for a stipend
1. Terry got an assistantship from State University.
2. If I were you, I would apply for an assistantship.
3. It's great that you got an assistantship. Is it for teaching or
4. The assistantship doesn't pay as much as I thought it would.
associate professor (n) a college or university teacher who ranks
above an assistant professor and below a professor
1. Dr. Ericson is an associate professor now, but she will be promoted to
a full professor at the end of the year.
2. You could ask the secretary if Dr. Filippi is an associate professor.
3. Dr. Voss isn't an associate professor, is she?
4. If Dr. Chan is an associate professor. I used the wrong title in my
letter to her.
audit (v) to attend a course without credit
1. It usually costs as much to audit a course as to take it for credit.
2. You could audit the course if you don't need the credit.
3. You mean you're auditing the course?
4. If I audit the course, I won't get credit for it.
bear (n) a difficult class
1. That Computer Science course was a bear.
2. I heard that Dr. Sarazen's class is a real bear, so I would advise against
it this semester.
3. I'm surprised your roommate thought that class was a bear. I aced it.
4. Two of the classes I'm in are real bears.
be behind (v) to be late; to have a lot of work to do
1. I'm behind in my physics class.
2. You are behind in your psychology class, so you should study.
3. Is Knut behind in all of his classes or just Chemistry?
4. I can't go to the party because I'm behind in my classes.
bike (n) an abbreviation of the word bicycle
(*Can also be used as a verb: The weather's nice, so I'm going to bike to
class instead of taking the bus.)
1. Many students ride their bikes on campus.
2. You could park your bike outside the student union building.
3. Was your bike locked when it was stolen?
4. I can't ride my bike to the pizza parlor because there isn't any parking
bike rack (n) the metal supports where bicycles are parked
1. That bike rack is full, but there is another one by the library.
2. If I were you, I would use the bike rack closest to the door.
3. Why was the bike rack moved from in front of the library?
4. The bike racks at my dormitory will not hold all of the students' bikes.
blackboard (n) the writing surface in the front of the classroom
1. Dr. Ronzheimer always writes the important words on the blackboard.
2. You'd better copy everything the instructor writes on the blackboard.
3. Did you actually copy all of the material that was on the blackboard?
4. I can't see what is written on the blackboard.
book (n) a written work
(*Can also be used as a verb: I can't go to the movies with you because I
have to book for the exam tomorrow.)
1. The books for this class cost eighty dollars.
2. You shouldn't wait too long to buy your books.
3. You haven't bought all of your books yet, have you?
4. I wanted to buy a used book for math, but they only had new ones.
book bag (n) a bag in which to carry books and school supplies
1. This book bag is very heavy.
2. Why don't you buy a sturdy book bag so it will last longer?
3. Did our brand new book bag really fall apart?
4. I can't carry all of my books at one time because my book bag is too
bookstore (n) the store on campus where students buy their textbooks
1. The bookstore opens at seven in the morning.
2. You should be at the bookstore before it opens so that you can get a
3. You mean that you were at the bookstore early and there were still no
4. The bookstore is too far from my apartment for me to walk.
break (n) a pause in work or study
1. Let's take a break after we finish our homework.
2. If I were you, I would take a break before 1 began a new project. ,
3. When are you taking a break?
4. I can't take a break until I complete this section of the problem.
bring up (v) to improve
1. If Jack doesn't bring up his grades, he won't get into graduate school.
2. If you want to bring up your grades, you will have to study more.
3. You brought up your grades without studying?
4. If I don't study more, I won't be able to bring up my grades.
cafeteria (n) a restaurant where students can select
food from several choices and carry their meals on trays to their tables
1. The food in the cafeteria has improved a lot since they changed the
2. Why don't we meet in the cafeteria before going to see our advisor?
3. Do you mean you actually like the food in the cafeteria?
4. I can't meet you in the cafeteria because I have to speak with my
professor after class.
call on (v) to acknowledge in class; to invite to speak
1. The professor calls on students who sit in the front more often than
those who sit in back.
2. If you want the professor to call on you frequently, sit in the front of
3. You sat in the front and weren't called on? That's really unusual.
4. I didn't know the answer when the professor called on me.
call (the) roll (v) to read the names on a class roster in order to
1. Some professors don't call the roll, but Dr. Ericson always does.
2. You should always find out whether or not the professor calls the roll.
3. Why weren't you there when Dr. Small called the roll?
4. I need to get to class earlier so that I will be there when Dr. Gross
calls the roll.
campus (n) the buildings and grounds of a college or university
1. The University of Michigan has a beautiful campus.
2. You should see the campus before you decide to apply to school here.
3. You mean you walked the entire campus by just to have some ice cream?
4. I can't go with you to see the campus if you go this afternoon.
campus security (n) the police on campus
1. In an emergency, call campus security.
2. You'd better call campus security to report that your bicycle is
3. The campus security is understaffed, isn't it?
4. Carola had to call campus security to help her get her car started.
carrel (n) a private study space in the stacks of the library
1. There are never enough carrels for all of the graduate students.
2. You should go to the library early in the evening if you want a carrel.
3. What time do you think I have to get to the library if I want to find a
4. There aren't enough carrels in the library.
chapter (n) a division in a book
1. The professor assigned three chapters in the textbook.
2. If I were you, I would set aside several hours to read all of the
chapters assigned today.
3. How much time did you allow enough time to finish the chapters?
4. I have to go to the lab, and I'm in the middle of a chapter.
cheat (v) to act dishonestly, especially on an exam
1. Students who cheat may be expelled from the university.
2. You shouldn't cheat because the penalty is serious.
3. Garfield was expelled because he cheated? They usually just put student on
4. I know that some of my friends cheated, but I don't know what to do
cheating (n) in the academic context: giving or getting information,
especially during an exam, in a way that is not permitted
1. Sharing answers on an exam is cheating.
2. You could sit alone during the exam so that the professor knows you are
3. You consider trying to help my friend during an exam as cheating?
4. Should I report it to the professor if I see someone cheating?
check out (v) to borrow (from the library)
1. You have to have a library card to check out books.
2. If you want to check out books for your research paper, you'd better go
to the library soon.
3. Why didn't you go to the library to check out the books you needed?
4. I need a new library card to be able to check out books.
class (n) the meeting place and the content of a course
1. We have three classes together this term.
2. You could arrange your schedule so that you have three classes on the
3. Does the class only meet on Friday?
4. I have to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I can't have classes on
class discussion (n) an exchange of ideas during a class
1. Dr. Brown often has class discussions instead of lectures.
2. If I were you, I would prepare for a class discussion in tomorrow's
3. You prepared for the class discussion, didn't you?
4. I'm not ready for the class discussion today.
closed out (adj) to be denied access to a class
1. Register early so that you aren't closed out of the classes you want.
2. Why don't you plan to register tomorrow before you are closed out of the
classes you need to graduate?
3. Why didn't Sam register early to avoid being closed out of her classes?
4. I was closed out of the English class I needed.
coed (adj) an abbreviation for coeducational, which is a system of
education in which men and women attend the same school or classes.
1. Most of the schools in the United States are coed.
2. If I were you, I would live in a coed dormitory.
3. You mean you don't attend a coed school?
4. My parents don't want me to live in a coed dormitory.
college (n) a school that grants a bachelor's degree; an
undergraduate division or a school within a university
(* Often used as a synonym for "university": He worked for two years after
high school before going to college. Now he's studying at Harvard.
1. Stephan applied to the college of business at State University.
2. You need to apply to the college of nursing early.
3. How many colleges have you applied to so far?
4. The college of education requires three letters of recommendation.
commencement (n) a graduation ceremony
1. Larger colleges and universities usually have commencement more than
once each year.
2. You'd better be early for commencement because it starts on time.
3. Your brother graduated, and you didn't attend the commencement
4. I don't have a cap and gown for commencement.
committee (n) a group of professors who guide a graduate student's
program and approve the thesis or dissertation
1. Martino's committee signed his dissertation today.
2. You should be prepared before you meet with your committee.
3. Why didn't your committee approve your dissertation topic?
4. I need to do more research before I meet with my committee.
counselor (n) a person who gives advice, often of a personal nature
1. See your advisor for academic advice and a counselor for personal
2. Why don't you speak with your counselor about the problems with your
3. Do you mean I have to make an appointment before seeing a counselor?
4. I can't see my counselor until tomorrow.
course (n) a series of classes that constitute an "educational unit"
(* In some contexts - BUT NOT ALL - the words "course" and "class" are used
interchangeably: "How many classes are you taking this semester?" = "How
many courses are you taking this semester?"
BUT -> RIGHT: "I really liked
today's history class."
WRONG: "I really liked today's history course.")
1. How many courses are you taking this semester?
2. If I were you, I would take fewer courses (or classes) this semester.
3. Have you registered for your courses yet?
4. I only need to take courses that apply to my major. I've done all my
course request (form) (n) a form used to register for a class.
1. A student's academic advisor usually signs a course request form.
2. You should pick up a course request form from the registrar's office
3. Where did you pick up your course request form?
4. I need to speak with my advisor about my course request form.
cram (v) to study at the last minute
1. Nelson always crams for the quizzes in her math class.
2. He crammed for the biology final, but he still failed.
3. Why don't you study each night instead of cramming the night before the
4. I need to be more organized so I won't have to cram for my tests.
credit (n) a unit of study
1. I already have thirty credits toward my Master's degree.
2. Why don't you check your credits with your advisor?
3. You mean you already have enough credits to graduate?
4. I have to take thirty more credits in my major area.
credit hour (n) the in the transcript number that represents one
hour of class per week for one term
1. This course is three credit hours.
2. You could take eighteen credit hours this semester.
3. How were you able to complete fifteen credit hours last summer?
4. I can't take enough credit hours to graduate this semester.
curve (n) a grading system that relies on the normal curve of
distribution, resulting in a few A grades, the majority C grades, and a few
1. Grading on the curve encourages competition.
2. Forget about the curve; just do your best.
3. Does Dr. Potter grade his tests on the curve?
4. Since the exams were graded on the curve, a 95 was a B.
cut class (v) to be absent from class intentionally
My roommate cut class on Monday because he didn't come back to campus until
late Sunday night.
2. You'd better not cut class on Thursday. That's the day we're reviewing
for the test.
3. Did you cut class to sleep in?
4. I can't cut class because I already have too many absences.
dean (n) an administrator who ranks above a
department chair and below a vice president
1. The dean called a meeting with the department chair.
2. You should meet with the dean about your problem.
3. So why didn't you speak with the dean?
4. Vicki has to prepare a presentation for the dean.
dean's list (n) the honor roll at a college or university.
1. You must maintain a 3.5 grade point average to be on the dean's list.
2. You'd better improve your grades if your want to make the dean's list.
3. Didn't Jonas make the dean's list last year?
4. I can't make the dean's list this semester.
declare (v) to make an official decision about a major field of
1. Most students declare their major in their third year at the university.
2. If I were you, I would declare my major before I take any more classes.
3. You mean you declared your major last year?
4. Joey needs to declare his major soon.
degree (n) an academic title awarded to a student who completes a
course of study
1. The three most common degrees are a bachelor's, a master's, and a
2. You should get your degree before you get married.
3. Did you graduate with a degree in music theory?
4. I can't get a good job without a degree.
department (n) a division of a college or university organized by
1. The English department offers classes for international students.
2. Why don't you check the department's phone number again?
3. When do you work in the English department office?
4. I can't find the list of the department offices.
department chair (n) a university administrator for a division of a
college or university.
1. The professors in a department report to the department chair.
2. You could speak to the department chair about auditing the class.
3. Is Dr. Tedesco the new department chair?
4. I can't meet with the department chair until after registration.
diploma (n) the certificate of completion for a degree
1. Students receive their diplomas at the graduation ceremony.
2. You should get your diploma framed.
3. Why didn't you show your family your diploma?
4. I need to mail this form and pay my fees before I can get my diploma.
dissertation (n) a thesis that is written in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for a doctorate.
1. Dr. Brown wrote his dissertation on global warming.
2. If I were you, I would consider several ideas before selecting a
3. You mean you've already started your dissertation?
4. I can't find enough research on my dissertation topic.
distance learning (n) courses organized so that students can
complete the requirements by computer, or other media, often without going
1. There are several distance learning opportunities for
2. I've signed up for that course offered through distance learning.
3. How much do you have to pay for take that distance learning class?
4. I can only take three distance learning classes.
division (n) a group of departments in a college or university
1. The division of modern languages includes the Spanish department and the
French department as well as the German department.
2. I went to the division of math and sciences to find more information
about the biology instructors.
3. You mean you've already spoken to Dr. Robert about the entrance exam for
the division of social sciences?
4. I need to find out what opportunities the division of modern languages
offers for foreign study.
doctorate (Ph.D) (n) the degree after a
master's degree awarded to an academic doctor
1. Karen will receive her doctorate in the spring.
2. You should meet with your academic advisor to discuss a doctorate.
3. How long ago did you receive your doctorate?
4. I must complete my dissertation before I get my doctorate.
dorm (n) an abbreviation for dormitory
1. Living on campus in a dorm is often cheaper than living off campus.
2. You should live in a dorm for at least one year.
3. You lived in a dorm for four years?
4. Sue needs to apply now for a room in the dorm.
draft (n) a preliminary copy of a paper or other written document
1. A good student does not turn in a first draft of a paper.
2. You should edit each draft on the computer.
3. Did she really write the first draft in one night?
4. I can't turn in my essay because I have only the first draft written.
drop (v) to withdraw from a course
1. If you drop a course early in the term, you may get a partial refund.
2. If I were you, I would drop the class immediately.
3. You mean you dropped the class because it was too hard?
4. Bill needs to drop one of his classes because he is taking too many
drop-and-add period / week (n) the period
when students have to make a final decision about the courses they want to
take in a semester - usually at the end of first or second week of the semester
1. Next week is drop-and-add week, and I have no idea what I'm going to do
about my courses.
2. I'm glad the university has drop-and-add period. I'd hate it if I didn't
have a chance to change my mind.
3. Have you figured out which courses you're going to change during
4. I'm on the waiting list for a couple of classes, and I have to wait till
the last day of the drop-and-add period to see which ones I'll get into.
drop out (v) to withdraw from a college or university
1. Mark dropped out because he needed to work full-time.
2. You could drop out and then reenter next semester.
3. Diane dropped out after her junior year?
4. I have to drop out because I don't have enough money for tuition.
due (adj) expected on a certain date
1. The assignment is due on Friday.
2. Why don't you turn in the paper before it's due.
3. You mean the project is due this week?
4. I can't complete the assignment by the due date.
elective (course) (n), (adj) an optional academic
1. In their junior year, most students take elective courses as well as
2. Take some elective classes in your areas of outside interest.
3. So you did take an elective in art appreciation.
4. I can't take any elective classes this semester.
enroll (v) to register for a course or a university program
1. Only a few students enroll in seminars.
2. Why don't you enroll early before the class fills up?
3. You mean you didn't enroll in the computer class?
4. I can't enroll in that class without taking the introductory class
essay (n) a short composition on a single subject, usually
presenting the author's personal opinion
1. An essay is often five paragraphs long.
2. If I were you, I would make an outline before writing the essay.
3. How did you get an A on the essay?
4. I have to write an essay for my class on Friday.
exam (n) an abbreviation for examination
1. The professor scheduled several quizzes and one exam.
2. You'd better prepare for the exam in chemistry.
3. Have you studied for the physics exam?
4. I have to meet with my study group before the exam.
excused absence (n) absence with the permission of the professor
1. Dr. Mitchell allows every student one excused absence each semester.
2. You could take an excused absence in your Friday class so we could leave
3. You mean you have two excused absences in biology?
4. I already have one excused absence in Dr. Mitchell's class.
expel (v) to dismiss from school
1. Grace was expelled because she cheated on an exam.
2. You should avoid getting expelled at all costs.
3. Why was Mickey expelled from the university?
4. I would be expelled if I helped you.
extension (n) additional time
1. We asked Dr. Ericson for an extension in order to complete the group
2. You should organize your time so that you will not have to ask for an
3. You mean your request for an extension was denied?
4. I need to meet with my professor to discuss an extension.
faculty member (n) a teacher in a college or
1. Dr. Mugabe is a faculty member at Brown University.
2. Most of the faculty members have extensive teaching experience.
3. Didn't you meet any of the new faculty members when you visited the
4. I don't know the other faculty members in my department very well.
fail (v) to receive an unacceptable grade
1. If Mary gets another low grade, she will fail the course.
2. You'd better complete the project or you will fail the class.
3. You mean you failed the exam?
4. I have to study tonight, or I will fail the test tomorrow.
fee (n) a charge for services
1. You must pay a fee to park your car on campus.
2. If I were you, I would pay my fees before the late penalty applies.
3. Are there really fees for using the recreational facilities?
4. I need to go to the business office to pay my fees.
field trip (n) a trip for observation and education
1. The geology class usually takes several field trips to the museum.
2. You should wear sturdy shoes on the field trip.
3. Didn't you sign up for the field trip to the art gallery?
4. I have to go on a field trip Saturday morning, but my boss won't let me
fill-in-the blank (test) (n / adj) an objective test in which the
student completes sentences by writing in the missing words
1. Dr. Freud always gives fill-in-the-blank tests during the semester,
but he gives short-essay finals.
2. You'd better study the definitions for the fill-in-the-blank portion of
3. You mean the final was a fill-in-the-blank test?
4. Kathy needs to do better on the fill-in-the-blank questions.
final (exam) n. the last examination of an academic course
1. The final will include questions from the notes as well as from the
2. You should use both your notes and the text to review for the final
3. How did you finish your final in an hour?
4. I have to prepare for two final exams on the same day.
fine (n) a sum of money paid for violation of a rule
1. The fine for keeping a library book after the due date is one dollar per
2. You should move your car to avoid a fine.
3. How high was the fine you were charged for parking there?
4. I need to pay my fines before the end of the semester.
flunk (v) a slang word for "fail"
1. If Mary gets another F on an essay, she'll flunk the course for sure.
2. If you don't do the project, you'll flunk. It's as simple as that.
3. You mean he crammed for the test and still flunked?
4. I have to study tonight, or I'll flunk the test tomorrow.
fraternity (n) a social organization for male college students
(short - "frat")
1. Luciano is going to join a fraternity.
2. You could join a professional fraternity.
3. Were you actually invited to join three fraternities?
4. I can't afford to join a fraternity.
fraternity row (n) a street where many fraternity houses are located
1. I live on Bosco Street, near fraternity row.
2. Why don't you walk down fraternity row to look at the homecoming
3. Isn't Irving going to live on fraternity row next year?
4. I can't find a place to park on fraternity row.
freshman (n) a first-year college student
1. Most of the students in Manchester Hall are freshmen.
2. You should establish good study habits while you are a freshman.
3. Didn't you live in a dorm when you were a freshman?
4. The freshmen have to take requirements.
full-time (adj) the number of hours for standard tuition at a
college or university, usually 9 hours for a graduate student and 12-15
hours for an undergraduate student
1. Teddy is a full-time student this semester.
2. If I were you, I would register as a full-time student this semester.
3. You mean the scholarship is only available to full-time students?
4. I need to register as a full-time student to be eligible for a loan.
get behind (v) to be late or off schedule
1. I'm getting behind in my math class.
2. You'd better study this weekend or you will gef behind m English.
3. How did Ken get behind in his classes?
4. I got behind in French, and now my class is really confusing.
get caught up (v) to bring up to date
1. We are going to get caught up in our classes this weekend.
2. Why don't you get caught up in English before you start your next
3. Was Sue actually able to get caught up with all her work over the
4. I need to get caught up before final exams.
G.P.A. (n) abbreviation for grade point average
1. Krista's G.P.A. as an undergraduate was 4.0, but she isn't doing as well
in graduate school.
2. You should be concerned about your G.P.A
3. Why did Luigi's G.P.A drop last semester?
4. I can't raise my G.P.A if I take calculus.
grade point average (n) a scale, usually 0-4, on which grades are
1. If students' grade point averages fall below 2.0, they will be placed on
2. If I were you, I would speak to my academic advisor about your grade
3. Do you really think your grade point average is more important than work
4. I need to improve my grade point average.
grades (n) a standard number or letter indicating a student's level
1. We will get our grades in the mail a week after the semester is over.
2. You should check the grades that the professor posted.
3. Our grades are already in the mail?
4. I have to have better grades to get into the college of business.
graduate school (n) a division of a college or university to serve
students who are pursuing masters or doctoral degrees
1. I would like to apply to graduate school after I complete my Bachelor's
2. Why don't you work a year before applying to graduate school!
3. Did Tracy finally get accepted to graduate school?
4. I have to get letters of recommendation to apply to graduate school.
graduate student (n) a student who is pursuing a Master's or
1. Graduate students must maintain higher grades than undergraduate
2. You'd better work with the other graduate students on this project.
3. You mean only graduate students are allowed to take this class?
4. All of the students in the class are graduate students except me.
grant (n) funds for research or study
1. Carol received a grant for her research in psychology.
2. You should apply for a summer grant.
3. Aren't there any grants available for undergraduate students?
4. Bill needs to write a proposal before Tuesday if he wants to be
considered for a grant.
group project (n) an assignment to be completed by three or more
1. I prefer to work on group projects instead of on assignments by myself.
2. You should select your group project before midterm.
3. Have you chosen your group project topic already?
4. The group project took more time than I thought it would.
hand back (v) return an assignment
1. Dr. Potter always hands back our assignments the next day.
2. You'd better be there when Dr. Mitchell hands back your exam.
3. Dr. Penne hasn't handed back your exam yet, has he?
4. I can't find the exam that he handed back.
handout (n) prepared notes that a teacher provides to the class
1. Dr. Spock's handouts are always very helpful.
2. You'd better save all of your handouts.
3. How did you manage to lose the handouts?
4. I need to organize all of my handouts before I start to study for the
head resident (n) the advisor for a
dormitory (also called "Resident Advisor" -
1. The head resident can help you resolve problems with your roommate.
2. If I were you, I would introduce myself to the head resident.
3. So why didn't you speak with the head resident if your laptop was
4. I can't find the head resident.
health center (n) the clinic on campus to provide basic health care
1. We are going to the health center for a free eye examination.
2. You'd better go to the health center for that cough.
3. You mean the health center is closed?
4. I'm too sick to go to the health center.
health insurance (n) protection for students who may need medical
1. Health insurance is required on most campuses.
2. You need to purchase health insurance through the university.
3. Isn't it compulsory to have health insurance!
4. I have to earn some more money to pay for my health insurance.
hit the books (v) to study very hard
1. I have to hit the books tonight and tomorrow to get ready for the
2. You'd better hit the books for Dr. Sheridan's exam.
3. When are you finally going to hit the books for the psychology exam?
4. My friends have to hit the books this weekend so they can't go to the
party with me.
homework (n) schoolwork done at home
1. If I do my homework every day, I understand the lectures better.
2. Why don't you do your homework before dinner?
3. There wasn't any homework last night, was there?
4. I have to do my homework in order to be prepared for the class
honors (adj) special recognition for exceptional students
1. Julie is an honors graduate.
2. You could live in an honors dorm.
3. Weren't her grades good enough to enroll in the honors program?
4. The courses in the honors program are much harder than the regular
housing office (n) an administrative office for residence halls and
1. Let's go over to the housing office to ask about apartments near the
2. If I were you, I would check at the housing office for a dorm
3. You mean the housing office closed early?
4. I need to speak with someone in the housing office about my application.
incomplete (n) a grade in a course that allows
students to complete requirements the following term
1. I asked Dr. Mazrui for an incomplete in his class.
2. You should request an incomplete at least two weeks before the end of
3. Leah took an incomplete in sociology last semester, didn't her?
4. I can't ask Dr. Ngombo for another incomplete.
instructor (n) a college or university teacher who ranks below an
1. My instructor for math is from Hawaii.
2. You should check with the instructor see if there is room in the class.
3. How often has the instructor been absent?
4. I can't seem to get along with my instructor.
interactive television (course) (n) a distance learning course that
is taught on two-way television connections
1. The instructor for our interactive television course is on a campus
about fifty miles away.
2. You could take that course on the interactive television.
3. Isn't Dr. Botuli's course offered on interactive television?
4. Interactive television courses make me uncomfortable.
interlibrary loan (n) a system that allows students on one campus to
borrow books from other libraries on other campuses
1. It takes at least a week to receive a book by interlibrary loan.
2. You could see if the book is available through interlibrary loan.
3. Didn't your interlibrary loan books arrive in time for the exam?
4. I can't seem to find the desk for interlibrary loans.
internship (n) a training opportunity for an advanced student or a
1. Boris got an internship at the University Hospital.
2. You should apply for an internship very early.
3. How much are you getting paid for your internship?
4. I need to serve a two-year internship.
junior (n) a third-year college student
1. When I'm a junior, I plan to study abroad for a semester.
2. You could concentrate on your major your junior year.
3. Is a junior allowed to study abroad?
4. I need to carry eighteen credit hours both semesters of my junior year.
keep grades up (v) to maintain a good grade point
1. If Sylvia doesn't keep her grades up, she will lose her scholarship.
2. You need to study harder if you want to keep your grades up.
3. Why do you think Konrad hasn't kept his grades up this semester?
4. I can't work full-time and keep my grades up.
lab (n / adj) abbreviation for laboratory
1. The course includes a five-hour lab.
2. You'd better allow sufficient time for your biology lab.
3. You missed the last lab session?
4. I need to find a partner for my psychology lab.
lab assistant (n) a graduate student who helps in a laboratory
1. Boris is Dr. Frankenstein's lab assistant.
2. You could ask the lab assistant for help.
3. You're the lab assistant, aren't you?
4. I need to speak with the lab assistant before class.
laboratory (n) a classroom equipped for experiments and research
1. The physics laboratory at Technical University is very old.
2. You could meet your biology study group in the laboratory.
3. What time does the laboratory close on Saturdays?
4. I have to get directions to the laboratory.
lab report (n) a written description of the laboratory activities
1. Our lab reports are due every Friday.
2. If I were you, I wouldn't wait to start my lab report.
3. Did you know the lab reports have to be typed?
4. I have to turn in my lab report tomorrow.
learning assistance center (n) a building or office that offers
tutoring and special programs to help students with their classes (the
exact name depends on the university)
1. I have to meet my tutor at the learning assistance center at four
2. You should go to the learning assistance center for help in the morning.
3. So why didn't Nancy did go to the learning assistance center for
4. The tutors at the learning assistance center are all juniors and
seniors, so I don't qualify.
lecture (n) a presentation for a class, delivered by the professor
1. The lectures are really interesting, but I don't enjoy the labs as much.
2. You should take more notes during Dr. Mitchell's lectures.
3. Why is the lecture canceled today?
4. I can't keep up with the lectures.
lecturer (n) a college or university teacher, usually without rank
1. Mr. Lewczenko is only a lecturer, but his classes are very good.
2. If I were you, I would speak with the lecturer about your questions.
3. How many lecturers are there in the department?
4. I can't take notes because the lecturer speaks too fast.
library (n) the building on campus where books and other research
materials are kept
1. Vittorio has a job in the library.
2. Your study group could reserve a study room in the library.
3. Is the library within walking distance?
4. I need to return my books to the library.
library card (n) an identification card that permits the holder to
borrow books and materials from the library
1. Without a library card, you can't borrow books here.
2. You should get a library card right away.
3. Don't you always have your library card with you?
4. I can't use my library card because I owe a fine.
library fine (n) a payment for returning books and materials after
the due date
1. You can't get your grade report unless you pay your library fines.
2. You should pay your library fines immediately.
3. How much do you owe in library fines?
4. Nancy needs to pay her library fines before she checks out any more
loose-leaf (notebook) (n) a
notebook with clasps that pages can be put into or taken out of
I prefer to use a loose-leaf instead of a spiral notebook.
Jerry dropped his loose-leaf and all the pages fell out.
Have you ever thought of using a loose-leaf? I think they're more
I went to the bookstore but couldn't find a loose-leaf I liked.
lost and found (office) (n) an area on campus where items are kept
for their owners to reclaim
1. Maybe someone picked up your book and took it to the lost and found.
2. Why don't you check at the lost and found lor your backpack?
3. If Sue's wallet wasn't at the lost and found, why did they call her?
4. Sue needs to fill out a report at the lost and found.
lower-division (course) (adj) introductory-level courses for first-
and second-year students
1. Seniors don't usually take lower-division courses.
2. You should take lower-division classes your first year.
3. Is it possible that all of the lower-division Sociology classes are
4. I have to take a lower-division class before I can take the advanced
major (n) a field of study chosen as an academic
1. My major is environmental studies.
2. You should declare your major by your junior year.
3. At what point do you have to declare a major to graduate?
4. I have to tell my advisor my mayor tomorrow.
makeup test (n) a test taken after the date of the original
1. Dr. Zorroni usually allows her students to take a makeup test if there
is a good reason for being absent.
2. You could speak with Dr. Spant about taking a makeup test.
3. Wouldn't Dr. Elipso let you take a makeup test?
4. Monika needs to take a makeup test before spring break.
married-student housing (n) apartments on or near campus for married
1. There is usually a waiting list to be assigned to married student
2. If I were you, I would get an application for married student housing
3. How hard is it to find vacancies in married student housing?
4. We need to pick up an application for married student housing.
Mickey Mouse course (n) a very easy course
1. This is a Mickey Mouse course, but it is on my program of study.
2. Why don't you take one Mickey Mouse course this semester just for fun?
3. Did you really think physics was a Mickey Mouse course?
4. I have to take this Mickey Mouse course to fulfill my physical education
midterm (n) an exam that is given in the middle of the term
1. I got an A on my midterm in accounting.
2. Why don't you study with your study group for the music theory midterm?
3. How badly did Sarah fail her economics midterm?
4. I have three midterms in one day.
minor (n) a secondary area of study; in contrast to a "major"
1. With a major in international business, I decided to do my minor in
2. You should minor in economics since you're studying pre-law.
3. When do you think you'll complete all of your minor classes?
4. I need one more class to complete my minor.
miss (class) (v) to be absent
1. My roommate is missing a lot of classes lately.
2. If I were you I wouldn't miss Dr. Mitchell's class today.
3. Why weren't you in class last Friday?
4. I can't miss any more of Dr. Morgan's classes, or my grade will be
lowered by one letter.
multiple-choice test (n) an objective test with questions that
provide several answers to choose from
1. We usually have multiple-choice tests in Dr. Potter's classes.
2. You'd better study very carefully for Dr. Potter's multiple-choice test.
3. It was a multiple-choice test, right?
4. I don't usually do well on multiple-choice tests.
notebook (n) a bound book with blank pages in it for
(See also loose-leaf; click here to see a "spiral"
1. I lost the notebook with my biology notes in it.
2. You should make sure that your notebook is well organized.
3. When did you lose your notebook?
4. I need to organize my notebook this weekend.
notebook (computer) (n) a small, portable computer (also called a
1. Joel has a notebook computer that he uses in class.
2. Why don't you use my notebook computer to see whether you like it?
3. So why did you purchase a notebook computer?
4. I can't possibly afford a notebook computer right now.
notes (n) a brief record of a lecture to help students recall the
1. We didn't take notes in class today because most of the lecture was from
2. You should copy Trevor's notes before the next test.
3. You mean you lent your notes to someone and they haven't returned them?
4. I need to recopy my notes this evening.
objective test (n) a test with questions that have
one possible answer, usually presented in a multiple-choice, matching, or
1. The final exam will be an objective test, not an essay test.
2. You should probably prepare for an objective test in math.
3. Wasn't the final exam an objective test?
4. I have to study harder for objective tests.
off campus (adj) not on university property
1. There are some very nice apartments just off campus on State Street.
2. You should come to campus early unless you want to park off campus.
3. Why doesn't Clarkl want to live off campus?
4. I prefer living off campus even though it's more expensive.
office hours (n) a schedule time period when faculty are in their
offices to meet with students
1. Office hours are usually posted on the door of the professor's office.
2. You should write down the instructor's office hours in your notebook.
3. You don't happen to know Dr. Milf's office hours, do you?
4. I can't find my copy of Dr. Falario's office hours.
online course (n) a course taught on the Internet
1. There is a separate list of online courses this semester.
2. Why don't you consider an online Economics course?
3. Didn't Joe teach an online course last year?
4. I need a computer to take an online course.
on (academic) probation (prep phrase) a trial period when a
student whose grades aren't good has a chance to improve them before the
university takes disciplinary action
1. Kristal is on probation, so she will probably be studying this weekend.
2. You'd better keep up your grades or you will end up on probation.
3. Was Salvador really put on probation for plagiarism again?
4. I can't let my parents find out that I'm on probation.
on reserve (prep phrase) books reserved by a course instructor that
are kept in the library and (usually) can't be borrowed
1. Dr. Yang always puts a lot of books on reserve for her classes.
2. You could check to see if the book is on reserve.
3. Aren't the articles on reserve?
4. I have to find out which books are on reserve for the Management course.
open-book test (n) a test during which students may consult their
books and notes
1. Open-book tests are often longer than other tests.
2. You should still prepare, even though it is an open-book test.
3. Didn't you know it was an open-book test?
4. I can't find my notes for the open-book test.
orientation (n) a program for new students at a college or
university during which they receive information about the school
1. I missed the first day of orientation, so I didn't get a map.
2. You should sit near the front during orientation.
3. Why didn't you go to freshman orientation?
4. I have to go to orientation tomorrow evening.
override (n) exceptional permission (e.g. to take a class for which
the student not qualify)
1. Dr. Watusi will usually give you an override if you need the class to
2. You should speak to the professor about getting an override for that
3. You mean your request for an override was denied?
4. I need to get an override, so that I can take that class.
paper (n) a research report
1. The papers for this class should be at least ten pages long.
2. You'd better follow Dr. Carlyle's guidelines for this paper.
3. Did Latitia turn in her paper late again?
4. I can't print my paper because I need a cartridge for my printer.
parking garage / parking structure (n) a building especially
designed for parking, usually requiring payment
1. The parking garages are too far away from the classrooms.
2. You'd better get a parking permit for the parking garage.
3. How can you not remember which parking garage you used?
4. I have to find a parking garage with a vacancy.
parking lot (n) an area designated especially for parking
1. This parking lot is for students only.
2. You should avoid leaving your car in the parking lot overnight.
3. Does the university really tow cars from the parking lot?
4. I have to leave early to get a spot in the parking lot beside the dorm.
parking permit (n) permission to park in certain parking lots or
garages (also the name of the document or window sticker that indicates
1. Your parking permit expires at the end of the month.
2. If I were you, I would get a parking permit when you register.
3. What do you mean my parking permit has expired? Look, it's valid for
4. I need to pay my fines before they will issue me another parking permit.
parking place / space (n) a designated area for one car
1. There is a car in my parking space.
2. You should not park in a parking space for handicapped people.
3. So why didn't you park in someone else's parking space?
4. I can't find a parking space.
parking ticket (n) a written notice of a fine due for parking in a
1. If you don't take care of your parking tickets, you won't be able to
register for classes next semester.
2. You could avoid getting parking tickets by using the student parking
3. Do you mean Carol got a parking ticket because she didn't have a permit?
4. I have to save money to pay my parking tickets or else they won't allow
me to register for classes.
part-time (adj) less than the full work day or school day
1. Leonardo has a part-time job after school.
2. Why don't you get a part-time job to pay for your books?
3. Have you applied for a part-time job on campus?
4. I need to find a part-time job this summer.
pass back (v) to return tests and assignments to their owners
1. Dr. Yasmin is going to pass back our quizzes today.
2. You should ask Dr. Menasa for an appointment after he passes back the
3. Dr. Yang hasn't passed back the papers yet, has she?
4. I have to get my paper from Dr. Razzaq because I wasn't there when he
passed them back.
placement office (n) the office where students receive assistance in
1. Several companies are interviewing students at the placement office this
2. Why don't you check the interview listing in the placement office on
3. How long ago did Joe get his job through the placement office?
4. I need to schedule an interview in the placement office.
plagiarize (v) to use someone else's written work without giving
that person credit
1. If you plagiarize, you can be thrown out of school.
2. I wouldn't plagiarize if I were you. The prof has special software to
check your sources.
3. How often had he actually plagiarized before he got caught?
4. The professor thought that I had plagiarized a report.
plagiarism (n) the use of someone else's work without giving that
1. Plagiarism is one of the most serious offences a student can commit.
2. To avoid plagiarism, always cite the source.
3. Oh, you mean you didn't think that copying three pages from the Internet
4. They found her guilty of plagiarism and put her on disciplinary
pop quiz (n) a quiz that is given without advance notice
1. We had a pop quiz in our Sociology class today.
2. You should always be prepared for a pop quiz.
3. Have you passed all of the pop quizzes?
4. I have to be on time to class in case there is a pop quiz at the
post (grades) (v) to display a list and display it in a public place
1. The grades for the exams are posted on Dr. Potter's door.
2. You should see if the grades have been posted yet.
3. The assignments aren't posted yet, are they?
4. I can't get to campus to see if the grades are posted.
prerequisite (n) a course required before a student is eligible to
take a higher-level course
1. This English class has two prerequisites.
2. You should check the prerequisites before seeing your advisor.
3. How many of the prerequisites did you take last year?
4. I have to pass the prerequisites before I can register for the next
presentation (n) a lecture, speech, or demonstration in front of the
1. Your presentation in our Anthropology class was very interesting.
2. You could use more pictures in your presentation.
3. You mean your presentation is fifty minutes long?
4. I need to get over my fear of public speaking before I give my
professor (n) a senior scholar at a college or university who ranks
above an associate professor and has tenure (short form: "prof")
1. Dr. Baker has been a professor of English for over thirty years.
2. Why don't you speak with your professor about the project?
3. The professor's office hours are posted, aren't they?
4. I need to speak to my professor before class on Friday.
program of study (n) a list of the courses that a student must take
to fulfill the requirements for graduation
1. If you want to change your program of study, you must see your advisor.
2. Why don't you review your program of study in your catalog?
3. Wasn't that program of study reduced from five years to four awhile ago?
4. I need to become familiar with my program of study.
project (n) an assignment that often involves the application of
1. We can do the project by ourselves or in a group.
2. Why don't you and your study group do the project together?
3. Are you the one who did the project that everyone is talking about?
4. I have to present my project to the class, but I have no time to prepare
quarter (n) a school term that is usually ten to
twelve weeks in length
1. This quarter has gone by very quickly.
2. You could take fewer classes next quarter.
3. Do you think you'll be able to finish your thesis this quarter?
4. I need to study harder next quarter.
quiz (n) an evaluation that is usually shorter and worth fewer
points than an exam
1. We have a quiz in our algebra class every week.
2. You should always be prepared for a quiz.
3. The quiz doesn't include last night's reading, does it?
4. We have a quiz in chemistry this week.
registrar (n) a university official in charge of
1. You need to see the registrar about your grade change.
2. If I were you, I would check with the registrar about your transcript.
3. So why didn't you file a change-of-address form with the registrar?
4. The registrar is unavailable until next week.
registration (n) the process for enrolling in courses at a college
1. Registration always takes longer than I think it will.
2. You should meet with your advisor before registration.
3. Is early registration available for graduate students, too?
4. I can't get to registration before noon.
report (n) a written or oral presentation of results, either of
research or experimentation
1. Ken gave an excellent report in our management class today.
2. If I were you, I would allow more time for my next report.
3. How good do you think Knut's report is going to be if he hasn't done the
4. I have to do five oral reports for speech class.
(to do) research (n) an in-depth, scientifically organized study on
a specific topic (no plural form)
1. Dr. Espinoza is going to give a lecture about her research on
2. You could use my computer for your research.
3. Your research is complete, isn't it?
4. I need more sources for my research.
research assistant (n) a research position under the supervision of
a faculty member
1. The research assistants get to know the faculty better than the other
graduate students do.
2. You could apply to be a research assistant next year.
3. Didn't Dr. Grossman have a research assistant named Klein last semester?
4. I need to speak to the research assistant who works in the psychology
research paper (n) a written report based on research
1. Use at least ten references for your research papers.
2. You'd better go to the library soon if you want that book for your
3. Do you mean we have to present our research papers to the class?
4. I can't get started on my research paper because the lab is closed for a
resident advisor (R.A) (n) an advisor
who lives in a dormitory in order to provide supervision and counseling for
the students (see "head resident")
1. We call our resident advisor in our dorm the "head resident".
2. Why don't you speak to the resident advisor about your problem?
3. Don't you live next door to the resident advisor?
4. I need to speak with the resident advisor regarding the desk in my room.
review session (n) a study meeting to review material before a test,
often led by the professor
1. I'm on my way to a review session for my art appreciation class.
2. You could schedule a review session with your study group.
3. Did you find the review session productive?
4. I can't meet Thursday afternoon for the review session.
room and board (n) fees for room rent and meals
1. Room and board gets more expensive every year
2. You should plan to include the price of room and board in your budget.
3. Doesn't your scholarship cover room and board?
4. I need to find a part-time job to pay for room and board.
roommate (n) a person who shares a room or rooms
1. I think Diane is looking for a roommate because her old one graduated.
2. Why don't you and Duane get another roommate!
3. Are you already looking for another roommate?
4. I need a roommate to share my flat because the rent's too high to pay by
schedule (n) a list of courses with days, times, and
1. My schedule this semester allows me to work in the afternoons.
2. With your schedule, you could get a job at school.
3. Your schedule doesn't include evening classes, does it?
4. I can't fit that class into my schedule.
scholarship (n) money awarded to a student to study at a university
1. Tracy got a scholarship to attend a special summer course abroad.
2. Why don't you apply for a scholarship!
3. Why aren't there any scholarships available for international students?
4. I have to turn the application in tomorrow to be eligible for the
section (n) one of several options for the same course
1. Everyone wants to take the section that Mrs. McNeil teaches.
2. You could ask Mrs. McNeil to let you into her section.
3. Do you think there are still any sections open in the morning?
4. I can't get into that section because it is closed.
semester (n) a school term that is usually fifteen to eighteen weeks
1. When the semester is over, I'm going to visit my family.
2. You could sign up for more classes this semester.
3. This semester ends before winter break, doesn't it?
4. I need to take eighteen credit hours next semester.
senior (n) a fourth-year student
1. Lamees will be a senior next semester.
2. If I were you, I would take that class as a senior.
3. Do you mean your daughter Dwayne is already a senior?
4. I have to take five classes when I'm a senior.
short-essay test (n) a test with questions that require a written
response of one sentence to one paragraph in length
1. I would rather take a short-essay test than an objective test.
2. You'd better study your notes for Dr. Muhammad's short-essay test.
3. How can you not think a short-essay test is easier than an objective
4. I have three short-essay tests in that course.
shuttle (n) a bus that has a short route around the campus area
1. Clamidia has a car, but she still uses the campus shuttle most of the time.
2. If I were you, I would take the shuttle at night.
3. Isn't there a shuttle to the gym on Sundays?
4. I need to leave early to catch the shuttle.
sign up (for a course) (v) to enroll (in a course)
1. Let's sign up for the same geology class.
2. You should sign up for Dr. Brown's music theory class.
3. So why didn't you did sign up for the field trip?
4. I can't sign up for that class because it conflicts with my schedule.
skip class (v) to be absent from a class intentionally
1. Nancy has been skipping class again.
2. If I were you, I wouldn't skip class this week. I heard we might have a
3. Did Ken skip class again yesterday?
4. Bill skipped class on the day of the test.
snack bar (n) a small restaurant area where a limited menu is
1. We usually meet at the snack bar for a quick lunch.
2. You could meet me at the snack bar.
3. Why weren't you the snack bar after class?
4. I need to go to the snack bar between classes because I don't have a
break for lunch.
social security number (n) a nine-digit number issued by the US
government for various administrative purposes - especially employment -
that is also often used as the student identification number
1. What is your social security number?
2. You should memorize your social security number.
3. Your social security number is on your ID card, isn't it?
4. Anna doesn't have a social security number.
sophomore (n) a second-year college student
1. A full-time student is usually a sophomore by the third semester.
2. You'd better complete your general education classes by the end of your
3. You mean Barnaby is only a sophomore? He's over forty years old!
4. I can't take advanced psychology because I'm only a sophomore.
sorority (n) a social organization for female college students
1. About a dozen sororities are on campus.
2. You should consider joining a sorority.
3. When did you join a sorority?
4. Sororities require a lot of time.
spring break (n) a one or two-week vacation in the middle of the
1. Some of my friends are going to Florida for spring break.
2. Why don't you visit your family over spring break?
3. Did you actually get your research paper done over spring break?
4. I have to work during spring break.
stacks (n) the area of the library where most of the books are
1. At a small college, the stacks are usually open to all of the students.
2. You should look in the stacks for that book.
3. Why wouldn't the librarian let you go up into the stacks to look for the
4. I need to find a carrel in the stacks where I can study.
student I.D. number (n) a number used for identification at a
college or university, often the social security number
1. Your student I.D. number is your social security number.
2. You should write your student I.D. number on all of your papers.
3. Has Pan got her student I.D. number yet?
4. I can't remember my student I.D. number.
student services (n) an administrative branch of a college or
university that provides non-instructional support services for students
1. I have to go over to student services to meet with a financial aid
2. You'd better go to student services to check on your dorm application.
3. The student services office is open during registration, isn't it?
4. I have to go to the student services office before the end of the day.
student union (n) a campus building where students can relax, eat,
or undertake other non-academic activities
1. There is a movie at the student union tonight.
2. You could meet Klaus in the student union before the concert.
3. What makes you think the student union isn't closed over the holidays?
4. The student union closes at 10:00 P.M.
studies (n) the time a student spends at university
1. He was in the army before he started his studies.
2. Your studies require all your attention, so I don't think you should get
a part-time job unless you really need the money.
3. How long after you began your studies did you get married?
4. My mother is sick, so I'm going to have to interrupt my studies and take
care of her.
study (pl. studies) (n) a research project
1. Several students worked together on a study about the political system
2. It should be easy to find resources on the Internet for your study.
3. Why don't you speak with Dr. Massana about her studies on lemurs?
4. I have to complete the study as part of my graduation requirements.
study (v) to try to acquire knowledge or understanding of a subject
1. I have to study if I want to get a good grade in this class.
2. Why don't you plan to study at my house this weekend?
3. You mean you studied for that test?
4. I need to allow more time to study.
study date (n) a date in which the activity is studying instead of
drinking, sex, or other fun things
1. Joe and Monika have study dates twice a week. When they're finished
studying, they usually go out for something to eat.
2. You could arrange a study date with Tony before the test.
3. Do you have another study date with Elvis tonight?
4. I have to meet Bob at the library for our study date.
study lounge (n) a quiet area of a dormitory where students can go
1. Even the study lounge is noisy in this dorm.
2. Why don't you meet me in the study lounge this evening?
3. Didn't you say that the study lounge is quiet?
4. I can't concentrate in the study lounge.
subject (n) a topic of study
1. Math is my favorite subject.
2. Why don't you ask Tamara for help with the subjects she tutors?
3. Can you get tutoring in all of the subjects taught at the university?
4. I have to take a lot of classes in subjects that I don't really like.
summer school (n) the summer academic session, which is usually June
1. Summer school starts the second week of June this year.
2. Some people go to summer school every summer.
3. Why don't you take the Art Appreciation course in summer school?
4. I can't go to summer school this year because I have to work.
T.A. (n) the abbreviation for teaching assistant
1. Laura has applied to be Dr. Potter's T.A.
2. You should see the T.A. if you have questions about the lecture.
3. Why hasn't Bill applied to be a T.A.?
4. I have to find Dr. Potter's T.A. before class tomorrow.
teaching assistant (n) a graduate student whose teaching duties are
supervised by a faculty member
1. We have a teaching assistant for the discussion session of this class.
2. You'd better speak with the teaching assistant before the next lab
3. Why haven't you spoken with the teaching assistant?
4. The teaching assistants really difficult to understand.
tenure (n) permanent employment status granted by a university to a
1. Professor Ericson has had tenure for over forty years.
2. When you get tenure, you should ask for a new office.
3. Do you know if Dr. Ericson already has tenure?
4. No one who doesn't have a Ph.D. can qualify for tenure.
term (n) a time period when school is in session, usually a quarter
or a semester
1. Monika needs two more terms to graduate.
2. Monika had better take statistics next term.
3. Nancy passed all of her classes last term, didn't she?
4. I have to complete my dissertation in three terms.
test (n) an evaluation that is usually longer and worth more points
than a quiz but shorter and worth fewer points than an exam
1. You will have a test every week in this class.
2. If I were you, I would work with my study group before the test,
3. If you don't pass the test, can you still pass the course?
4. I have to study for two test next week.
textbook (n) a book that is used for a course
1. The textbooks can be purchased at the bookstore or ordered over the
2. You could purchase used textbooks for some of your classes.
3. Why do you always buy new textbooks?
4. I can't find good used textbooks anywhere.
thesis (n) a written research report in partial fulfillment of a
1. Sylvia isn't taking any courses this semester because she is writing her
2. You should get the handbook at the graduate school before starting your
3. Claudia isn't writing her thesis this semester, is she?
4. I need to allow at least one semester to write my thesis.
transcript (n) a printed copy of grades, both for a specific
semester and the entire period of university studies
1. The admissions office requires two official transcripts with every
2. Why don't you request an extra copy of your transcript?
3. You mean you still haven't received your transcript?
4. I have to have that transcript by next Monday.
transfer (v) to change schools
1. It is better to transfer at the beginning of the third year.
2. If I were you, I would transfer as soon as possible.
3. Monika transferred to Princeton last semester, didn't she?
4. I can't transfer because I would lose credits.
tuition (n) fees for instruction at a school
1. The tuition is different from school to school.
2. You should check the tuition before deciding on a college.
3. Isn't tuition at private colleges more expensive than at public
4. I need a scholarship to pay my tuition.
tuition hike (n) an increase in the fees for instruction
1. There is a tuition hike every year at State University.
2. You should sign the petition protesting the tuition hike.
3. How long before the tuition hike did you graduate?
4. I can't afford another tuition hike.
turn in (v) to submit an assignment
1. Please turn in your homework before you leave.
2. You'd better turn in your paper before the end of the day.
3. You mean I could have turned in my paper tomorrow?
4. I have to turn in the paper by Friday or I will get an F.
tutor (n) a private instructor, often a student
1. I have to meet my tutor at the library.
2. Why don't you get a tutor for your accounting class?
3. If Milton isn't your tutor, who is?
4. I can't afford to hire a tutor.
tutoring (n) private instruction
1. Albert needs some tutoring in this class.
2. You could earn extra money tutoring for math.
3. If he doesn't get some tutoring work, how will he be able to pay his
4. Tutoring takes a lot of time.
undergrad (n / adj) abbreviation for undergraduate
1. I think that Monika is an undergrad.
2. You could still enroll for undergrad classes while you are waiting to
hear from the graduate school admissions office.
3. Are you really still an undergrad?
4. I need to apply for an undergrad scholarship.
undergraduate (student) (n / adj) a student pursuing a Bachelor's
1. Some undergraduates require five years to complete a four-year program.
2. You should look at more than one undergraduate program.
3. How did you complete your undergraduate courses in three years?
4. I can't complete my undergraduate degree before we move.
upper-division (course) (adj) advanced courses for third-year and
1. Most of the upper-division courses are numbered 400 or above.
2. Why don't you take an upper-division music class?
3. Isn't Grammar 356 an upper-division course?
4. Dawoud needs to take an upper-division math class.
withdraw (v) to leave school
1. My roommate withdrew from school.
2. You should withdraw so that you won't have failing grades on your
3. Are you going to withdraw from school if your parents don't give you any
4. I have to withdraw from school at the end of the semester.
work-study (adj) a financial-aid program that offers students
part-time jobs where they can earn money
1. There are several work-study positions open in the finance office.
2. Tamir should apply for the work-study program next semester.
3. Weren't they going to change Valery's library job to a work-study
4. The work-study students couldn't answer my questions.
xerox (machine) (n) a copy machine - Originally the
word referred to machines made by the Xerox Corporation, but now it is applied
to any copy machine.
(* Can also be used as a verb: I'm just going to xerox the pages I need
instead of borrowing the book from the library.
1. There is a long line at the xerox machine.
2. You could use the xerox machine in the library.
3. If there are only three xerox machines on campus, where do the students
get their copies made?
4. I need to find a xerox machine.