Education and School Idioms and Quizzes
Education and School Idiom Quiz #1
Quiz 1 - Choose the correct idiom to replace the expression in the brackets. Check your score and the correct answers at the bottom. Click on the idiom for the definition.
Your score is: ___ out of 5
Education and School Idiom Quiz #2
Quiz 2 - Choose the correct idiom to replace the expression in the brackets. Check your score and the correct answers at the bottom. Click on the idiom for the definition.
Your score is: ___ out of 5
Education and School Idioms
an A for effort
- the recognition that someone has tried hard to do something even though he or she may not be successful
The students received an A for effort for their work on the class project.
- better or higher than average
as easy as ABC
- very easy
back to basics
- an approach in education that uses traditional ideas or methods that have been successful in the past
The teacher believes that back to basics is important in her classroom and the parents are happy with the results.
- worse or lower than average
Most members of the class were below average in the math test.
- someone who reads a lot
- to try to develop an idea or think of new ideas
call the roll
- to call the names of students on a roll and expect them to answer if they are there
cap and gown
- the special cap called a mortarboard and the robe that is worn during academic ceremonies such as graduation
All of the students wore a cap and gown to the graduation ceremony.
catch up to (someone or something)
- to move fast or work hard to reach someone or something that is ahead of you
After my illness, I had to study very hard to catch up to the rest of the class.
- someone who copies the work of another
- to count the number of people
cover a lot of ground
- to complete a lot of material in a class or course
We covered a lot of ground during the first month of the science class.
- a school where farming or agriculture is studied
crack a book
- to open a book to study (usually used in the negative)
crank out a paper
- to write a paper or essay in a mechanical way
I had to crank out a paper almost every week to pass the course.
- to not go to class
draw a blank
- to get no response from someone when you ask him or her a question
The teacher drew a blank when she asked about the boy's plans for the weekend.
drop out of school
- to stop attending school
- someone who works very hard and is very enthusiastic
The young girl is an eager beaver and always comes to class before the other students.
- a guess that is based on one's knowledge or facts or evidence so the guess is probably correct
The science teacher asked the students to take an educated guess to find the correct answer.
fill in the blanks
- to supply the missing words or information on a test or other exercise
We had to fill in the blanks for the questions on the test.
- to fail a course, to fail and then leave school
from the old school
- ideas that were popular in the past but which are no longer popular or common
get credit for (a course)
- to receive official recognition and credits after passing a course
get through (a course or a set of materials)
- to finish a course or a set of materials
- to waste time
have one's nose in a book
- to be reading a book
- education after graduating from high school (usually college or university)
hit the books
- to begin to study hard
After relaxing all weekend I hit the books on Sunday evening.
- a list of people or students with exceptional achievements
My neighbor was on the honor roll during his last year in high school.
- written or signed with a pen
The teacher asked the students to make sure that they wrote the essay in pen.
- written or signed with a pencil
I wrote the test in pencil so that I could change my answers easily.
- a small group of older and famous eastern United States colleges and universities such as Harvard and Yale and Princeton
know one's ABCs
- to know the alphabet or the most basic things about something
learn (something) by heart
- to memorize something so that you can repeat it without thinking
learn (something) by rote
- to learn or memorize something without thinking about it
live in an ivory tower
- to not be aware of the realities of everyday life
make the grade
- to be satisfactory and of an expected level
meet the requirements for/of (something)
- to fulfill the requirements for/of something
- at a different location than the grounds of a college or university
old boy network
- the situation where people (usually men) who went to the same school help each other get good jobs
- located on the grounds of a college or university
pass with flying colors
- to pass something easily and with a high score
- to not go to school when you should
publish or perish
- university professors often have to publish books or articles in journals or they will not be successful in their jobs at the university
The university professor wrote many scientific papers. He was forced to publish or perish.
put one's thinking cap on
- to start thinking in a serious manner
read out loud
- to read something so that other people can hear you
The students each had a chance to read out loud from the book of poems.
read to oneself
- to read without saying anything so that other people cannot hear you
read through (something)
- to read all of something
I read through the test briefly before I started to answer the questions.
school of hard knocks
- the ordinary experience of learning from work and daily life
The girl left school early and began to learn about life in the school of hard knocks.
school of thought
- a particular way or philosophy of thinking about something
- in the lower grades of elementary school children bring something interesting to show to the rest of the class
show of hands
- a raising of hands in a classroom or other group to vote or see what people think about something
After a show of hands the class voted to go on a field trip next week.
- a line with one person standing behind another person
- to record the names of persons who are attending school or something similar
take the roll
- to call the names of students in an attendance book and expect them to answer if they are there
The teacher took the roll and then we started the lesson.
teach one's grandmother to suck eggs
- to try to tell or teach something to someone who knows more than you do about it
Teaching some of the students how to use a computer is like teaching my grandmother to suck eggs. Most of them know more than I do.
teach someone a lesson
- to do something to someone in order to punish him or her for their bad behavior
My friend is always late so I taught her a lesson and left our meeting place before she had arrived.
- the teacher's favorite student
- the three basic skills for a basic education (reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmetic)
My father studied in a small country school where they studied the three R's.
- the relations (often bad) between a town and the university and university students who are located in that town
There were some town-and-gown conflicts when the graduation parties began in the small town.
university of life
- the daily life and work where you learn more than from going to university
My grandfather began to work on the family farm when he was fourteen and learned everything from the university of life.
work one's way through college
- to work at a job to help pay for your college or university expenses
My brother worked his way through college at the local supermarket.