Some things are universal and others are not. While many aspects of college courses are similar to their high school equivalents, there are some unique aspects of college coursework. Take a look at this collection of school vocabulary about college classes and you will understand why.
an easy A – a class that require little effort to make an A in
- Everyone I knew took Wildlife Issues because it was such an easy A.
as easy as ABC – used to describe something that is basic and simple to understand
- Quantum mechanics isn’t that hard! Once you get the hang of it, it is as easy as ABC.
Note: An alternate version of this, naturally, is as easy as 1-2-3.
a weed out class – a class that is extremely difficult and used to eliminate people from a certain discipline before they have taken many classes
- I wanted to study Finance so I took Financial Accounting my first semester at Uni – how was I supposed to know it was a weed out class? I have never worked so hard for a C in my life!
back to basics – to start from the beginning in order to compensate for missing information
- After Alejandra’s third failed attempt at a cake, we decided it was back to basics with her baking lessons.
get credit for something – to be officially recognized for something
- When you are trying to survive a weed out class, getting credit for it is more important than acing it.
Note: As in the above example, in college the something is usually a course. For example “I got credit for my AP exams and started college as a sophomore.”
honor roll – the list of students with above average grades
- I made honor roll twice times in my Junior year.
Note: Alternate names for the honor roll at the university level include Dean’s List and President’s List.
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