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Types of student

The following vocabulary is useful for understanding and discussing types of student.

School behaviour / character types / types of student

  • to play truant – to be absent from class without permission from parents or teachers
  • a bookworm – an informal word for someone who spends a lot time reading / studying
  • an academic – someone who is more comfortable with studying and writing rather than working with their hands in a more practical application
  • a scholar – a relatively old fashioned word for an academic
  • a mature student – someone who is older than the average student, often having gone back to college or universities after working or having a family
  • a freshman [US English] – someone in their first year of university or college
  • a sophomore – someone in their second year of university or college
  • an undergraduate – someone who has not yet completed their degree
  • a graduate (also referred to as a postgraduate) – someone who has complete degree


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