This post focuses on a shortlist of some most common words used in IELTS Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening. Here, IELTS candidates can learn and practice education-related words and phrases. All the words are given here with definitions/meanings and their use in example sentences. This vocabulary list will help you write essays and speak on education, education-related problems and their solutions etc.
Vocabulary list on ‘Education’:
Academic year – the time of the year throughout which students attend school or university, usually considered from the beginning of the autumn term to the end of the summer term – He joined his new school at the beginning of the new academic year.
Acquire – obtain something for oneself – Hannah acquired a cheque of $500.
Admission test/entrance exam – a test designed to identify students who are capable of admitting a school or college – He obtained the highest mark in the admission test/entrance exam.
Analyse – inspect (something) systematically and thoroughly, typically in order to explain and interpret it – We need to analyse any new idea before coming to a conclusion about it.
Assignment – a specific task or amount of work assigned or undertaken by an authority – They had loads of homework assignments.
Audio – of or relating to the sound that is heard on a recording or broadcast – She listened to the audio script carefully.
Bachelor’s degree – a degree after four years’ study in a college or university – She earned a bachelor’s degree in law in 2018.
Coeducational school – a school where boys and girls study together – I studied in a coeducational school.
Cognitive – relating to conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding, learning and recalling) – She developed her cognitive abilities in her secondary school.
Compulsory / major – subject/subjects that you must study to obtain a degree – She had four compulsory /major subjects in her first year of Bachelor of Arts in English.
Cramming – the act of trying to learn a lot very quickly before an exam – Cramming right before the exam is not a good idea.
Credit – a unit that represents a successfully finished part of an educational course – The students attended all the classes because each of those classes was worth two credits.
Curiosity – the desire to know about something or someone – The design of the building aroused my curiosity.
Curriculum – all the different courses offered by a school/college/university – Spanish is one of the optional foreign language on the curriculum.
Dean – the head of a university faculty or department or of a medical school – All the students much like the new dean after his visit to their dormitory.
Dictionary – a book or an electronic resource that catalogs the words of a particular language (usually in alphabetical order) and provides their meaning, or gives the comparable words in another language, often providing information about pronunciation, origin, and usage as additional information – I don’t have a Spanish to English dictionary.
Diploma – a qualification awarded to a student by a university or college or a high school – She’s achieved two diplomas in social work and child safety.
Discipline – a field of study – She was previously a student in science discipline at Stanford University.
Dissertation – a long piece of writing/article about a specific subject that is done to receive an advanced degree – The students submitted their dissertation on British Politics to their mentor before deadline.
Distance learning – a system of studying in which lectures are transmitted or lessons are conducted by correspondence, where the student does not need to be present at a school or college – Computer has helped enormously to spread distance learning all over the world.
Doctorate / PhD– the highest degree that is given by a university – She’s applied for a doctorate degree/ PhD in British Law in Queensland University.
Dormitory – a building or facility on a school campus where students can live – St. Gregory College has two large and separate dormitories for boys and girls.
Drop out – ditch or dump a course of study – She dropped out of college due to financial crisis.
Elementary education / primary education –the early stages of studying – We should give importance on elementary education seriously.
Encyclopedia – a book or set of books giving information on diverse subjects or on different aspects of one subject and typically arranged alphabetically – I have an encyclopedia of prehistoric animals in my collection.
Evaluation / assessment – the construction of a judgement about the amount, number, or value of something – Many education specialists resent the evaluation/assessment methods used in the prevailing education system.
Faculty – a cluster of university departments concerned with a major division of knowledge – The Faculty of Arts in Cambridge University is extremely famous.
Higher education – any of various types of education following secondary education – Universities and colleges both propose higher education opportunities for a diversity of students.
Inquisitive – tending to ask questions; having a desire to know to learn more – She seems to be quite an inquisitive woman.
Interview – a meeting of people face to face, especially for consultation – I had an interview with the board last night.
Itinerary – a designed route or journey – All the students were given an itinerary before leaving the bus.
Language skills – skills relate to diverse aspects of using language; such as listening, reading, writing or speaking – Candidates in the IELTS exam are given band-scores on their English language skills.
Lecture – an instructive talk to an audience, especially one of students or teachers in a university – Today we have to attend three lectures about social changes and demographics.
Literacy – the capability to read and write – Many countries have experienced an upward trend in their literacy rate.
Master’s degree – a one/two years’ degree after achieving a bachelor’s degree – She’s also achieved a master’s degree in law this year.
Memorise – to learn something so that you will remember it exactly – I recall clearly that some of our primary school teachers forced us to memorise some poems.
Multimedia classroom – a classroom equipped with advanced technology such as laptops, tabs, projectors, digital chalkboard etc. – Nowadays most of the schools in developed country have multimedia classrooms.
Optional / non-major – parallel to the flat surface of the horizon; at right angles to the vertical – She studied Political Science as an optional / a non-major subject in her second year.
Pedagogy – the process and exercise of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept – A teachers’ training college is indeed a school of pedagogy.
Peer pressure – the strain of thinking about or doing something because other people in the same group do it – One of the main reasons of drug addiction is peer pressure.
Postdoctoral– a work that is done after achieving a PhD – She will go on working on a postdoctoral study in transformation of laws in the 20th century.
Portfolio – a compilation of materials that exemplifies one’s beliefs, skills, qualifications, education, training and experiences – This portfolio presents excellent insights into her personality and work.
Practical – of or concerned with the real doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas – I liked Mr Chao’s classes because he’d always had a practical approach to discuss a topic.
Presentation – a speech or talk in which a new product, idea, or piece of work is shown and explained to an audience – The company official has delivered a PowerPoint presentation on how to use the product.
Procrastinate – holdup or postpone an action; put off doing something – Many students fail to achieve their goal in time because they procrastinate intentionally or unintentionally.
Professor – a university scholar of the maximum rank; the holder of a university chair – The old professor passed away suddenly.
Pupil – student, one who has been taught – She had some successful pupils who keep contact with her regularly.
Put down – record something in writing – She put down the gist of the speech beautifully in her notebook.
Qualification – skill or experience or knowledge that makes someone appropriate to do a specific job or activity – All the applicants with best qualifications are requested to participate in the coming exam.
Reference – supply (a book or article) with citations of sources of information – He used reference from at least 8 prominent articles.
Research – careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something – This research on chimpanzees will change the course of studying animal behaviour.
Scholarship / grant – a payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the foundation of educational or other achievement – Reeha has got a $10000 scholarship/grant for excellent academic record.
Secondary education – the stage of education following primary education – Success in secondary education is highly dependent on elementary education.
Seminar – a gathering in which people receive information on and training in a specific subject matter – They arranged a seminar on how to develop the lifestyle of rural people.
Single-sex school – a school where either boys or girls can study – My sister studied in a single-sex school.
Stipend – a particular amount of money that is paid regularly to someone – All the pupils from poor family background get a £250 monthly stipend from the school.
Survey – to ask many people a set of questions in order to gather information about most people’s insight on something – The outcome of the survey in the rural areas is quite bizarre.
Syllabus – subjects studied in a particular course – The syllabus for English Literature in developing countries is rather confusing.
Term – one of the periods into which a year is divided at school, college, or university – She finished her term in the university successfully.
Theory – a supposition or a system of proposals intended to make something clear, especially one based on general principles free of the thing to be explained – According to conspiracy theory, there is no obvious end game for countries with natural resources.
Thesis – a long original essay or dissertation involving personal research, written by a candidate for a university degree – They submitted their thesis to the professor.
Tuition fee – money that is paid to a school/college/university for the right to study there – Her tuition fee for the course is $4500 a year.
Tutor – a teacher; particularly works with one student – Mr Stephen is Graham’s tutor.
Tutorial – a period of teaching given by a university or college tutor to an individual or very small group – I joined the new tutorial on macro-photography.
Undergraduate – a student in a college or university who is yet to earn a degree, especially a bachelors’ degree – Roger is an undergraduate at Yale School of Law.
Verbal – spoken; not written – We had a verbal exam before commencing our third year in college.
Visual – of or relating to vision – This automation visual navigation is designed by a complicated software.
Vocational – (of education or training) aimed at a particular profession and its skills – Many countries are now leaning on vocational education to solve unemployment problem.
Viva voce – an oral examination, typically for an academic qualification – The candidates were called for viva voce.