Practice with reference words

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Understanding reference words in a longer text: read the text below and decide what the underlined reference words refer to.

Academic overdrive?

Student life is becoming increasingly difficult. Not only are students expected to perform and compete within the class, but also to devote time and energy to extra-curricular activities as well as struggle with an increasing load of homework. The push to get into the top universities has caused many overachieving students to take on heavier workloads and more challenging classes.
This push, however, doesn’t end once students reach university. In fact, when they reach the top places they have worked so hard to get into, many students are forced to work even harder than they did in high school. Once in the top universities, the pressure is on to secure a place in the top graduate school. But it doesn’t end there. Once students have graduated with the best results, they find that they must continue to overextend themselves in order to secure the top jobs in their particular field. Such is the emphasis on academic success.
There are many who claim that this entire system is wrong because it puts too much emphasis on measuring achievement and not enough on true learning. This in turn has inevitable effects on the students themselves. In such a high-pressure learning environment, those that find the pressure overwhelming have nowhere to turn. In an academic world measured only by academic success, many students begin to feel a low sense of worth, yet they fear to turn to anyone for help as this would be perceived as a signal of failure, an inability to cope with that which other students appear to have no problem. This can be particularly hard for foreign students as they find themselves isolated without familiar cultural or family ties in their new environment and thus they concentrate solely on their work.
Perhaps the main thing to remember is that although it is important to study hard, school life should also be fun.

  1. This push refers to……
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    The push to get into top universities
  2. They refers to……
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    Overachieving students (not just ‘students’)
  3. It refers to……
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    The pressure
  4. There refers to……
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    At top universities
  5. This refers to……
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    Overachieving / overextending / pressurised (system)
  6. Those refers to……
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    Students who have overextended themselves
  7. This refers to……
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    The situation where students feel depressed, have low self esteem, feel that they cannot talk to anyone

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