21 Simple Phrasal Verbs About Education

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These popular phrasal verbs about education all have a specific meaning in the context of school and learning.

Whether you are a student, a teacher or interested expanding your general English, these phrasal verbs will make a great addition to your vocabulary.

Phrasal Verbs about School, Learning and Education

Catch On

To understand something.

Tim catches on very quickly in class, he always understands the concepts being taught. His sister Emma is slower to catch on and sometimes needs things explained a few times.

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Catch Up

To reach the level of people who are more advanced.

Emma missed the first three weeks of university so she had to work very hard to catch up to her classmates.

Cheat On (Something)

To do a task in dishonest way to gain an advantage.

Emma got a great score on the exam but I think she cheated on it.

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Cheat Off (Someone)

To copy someones work.

Emma wrote the same answers as Tim in the exam, I think she cheated off him.

Copy (Something) Out

To write something that is written somewhere else exactly as it is written, usually by hand.

Tim studied by copying out all the relevant information from his text book into his note book.

Drop Out

To stop participating in an activity.

Emma told me her physics class is too difficult and she wants to Drop Out.

Enroll In (Something)

To register for a course, class or activity.

Tim decided to enroll in extra classes over the summer.

Fall Behind

To progress slower than others.

Emma is falling behind in all her classes. I think it’s because she doesn’t study.

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Go Back To (Something)

To return to an activity or place that you did or were at before.

Emma said she might not go back to University next year, she is thinking about going back to learning the piano.

Go Over (Something)

To revise some information to help retain and learn it.

Tim can’t come out tonight, he is going over his notes for the big exam tomorrow.

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The teacher is handing the papers out to the class.

Hand (Something) Out

To distribute something.

The teacher asked the student to help him hand out the worksheets to the class.

Hand (Something) In

To give something to a person of authority.

Tim handed in his assignment to the professor early, but Emma has hasn’t started her assignment.

Look (Something) Up

To find information within a reference.

I didn’t know what that word meant, so I looked it up in a dictionary.

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What would you like to read up on?

Read Up On (Something)

To learn more about a topic.

Tim spent his holiday reading up on psychology because he found it very interesting.

Run Through (Something)

To explain something briefly.

The professor ran through the course outline for the semester so the students knew what to expect.

Sign Up For (Something)

Register for something.

Emma decided to sign up for extra classes with a tutor to help her understand the subject.

Study Under (Someone)

To be taught by someone.

If you want to improve your English, you should study under a professional teacher.

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Take (Something) Up

To start some new activity.

Emma decided to take up learning the piano again. She really loves it.

Train (Someone) Up

Teach the required skills to perform a certain task, job or role.

Tim got a job at an office, but before he could start, the boss had to train him up, so he new how to perform his new role.

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Turn In

To submit work.

Tim turned in his assignment to the teacher earlier today. Emma still hasn’t turned in her assignment from last week.

Withdraw From (Something)

To stop participating in an organized activity or course.

Emma decided to withdraw from university, she is going to become a famous pianist instead.

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