Education — idioms

The words below are some of the most important used when talking about Education.
Education – Subjects Education – Exams Education – Qualifications Education – People Education – General
archaeology cheat certificate graduate educate
art examine degree head-teacher education
business studies examiner BA infant educator
dance examination MA lecturer qualification
drama fail B.Sc. pupil qualify
economics get through schoolboy revise
games (sport) pass Ph.D. schoolgirl revision
geography take / sit an exam diploma student geology retake teacher history revise for instructor home economics study for undergraduate foreign (modern) languages test math mathematics music physical education psychology religious education science biology chemistry botany physics sociology technology Verbs and Phrasal Verbs to do with Education
VerbsThe Verb (infinitive form) The Meaning An example
To educate To teach someone, especially using the formal system of school, college or university. He was educated at a public school.
To learn To obtain knowledge or skill in a new subject or activity: He learnt English at school.
To study To learn about a subject I studied information systems at University.
To teach To give someone knowledge or to instruct or train someone. She taught geography before she retired.
The Phrasal Verb (infinitive form) The Meaning An example
To study under someone To be taught by someone. "As a young artist he studied under Monet."
Idioms and Sayings About Education Explanation example
To be a bookworm. Someone who reads a lot. "He's always reading. He's a real bookworm."
To be a copycat. Someone who does or says exactly the same as someone else. "She always copies my work, she's such a copycat."
To learn something off by heart. To learn something in such a way that you can say it from memory. "I learnt all the vocabulary off by heart."
To learn the hard way. To have a bad experience. "I told her not to marry him. But she had to learn the hard way."
To learn the ropes. To learn how to do a job. "She's new here and is still learning the ropes."
To learn your lesson To suffer a bad experience and know not to do it again "I got very drunk once and was really sick. I won't do it again, I learnt my lesson."
To live and learn Said when you hear or discover something which is surprising "I never knew that she was married. Oh well, you live and learn."
The school of hard knocks. Often said about people who haven't had an easy life ."He learnt the hard way at the school of hard knocks."
To be a swot. A student who is ridiculed for studying excessively. "They called her a swot because she was always reading books."
To teach an old dog new tricks. The older you are the more set in your ways you become "He could never learn how to use the Internet. Just shows you can't teach an old dog new tricks."
To be teacher's pet. To be the favourite pupil of the teacher. "She always has the right answer. She's a real teacher's pet."
To teach someone a lesson. To do something to someone, usually to punish them. "I hit him hard on the nose. That taught him a lesson."
To teach your grandmother to suck eggs. To give advice to someone about a subject that they already know more about than you "He tried to tell me how to drive and I told him not to try and teach your grandmother to suck eggs. I've been driving for years."
The three Rs. Used to refer to the basic areas of education: reading,
writing and arithmetic. "Some children are leaving school without even the basic three Rs."
The University of Life. People who never went on to higher education often say this. "I studied at the University of Life."
With flying colours. If you do something such as pass an exam with flying colours, you do it very successfully. "She got into the university of her choice, because she passed all her exams with flying colours."
American English Idioms: College Edition
Play hooky: an undergraduate specialty, this means to skip class
Hit the books: the opposite of playing hooky – studying
Ace the exam: to pass an exam without difficulty (thanks to hitting the books!)
Sit shotgun: a car’s coveted passenger seat (prime late-night real-estate)
Go out on the town: going to bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. with friends (in other words, a typical college weekend)
Draw a blank: the aftermath of going out on the town, this means being unable to remember something
A piece of cake: said of something that’s easy
Money doesn’t grow on trees: meaning cash is hard to come by, so keep your nights out on the town in check
The early bird catches the worm: be organized, motivated and alert and you’ll reap rewards (admittedly, not a piece of cake)
Don’t bite off more than you can chew: don’t take on responsibilities you can’t fulfill, or you may find yourself playing hooky all too often!

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