assignment n. work that must be done as part of the requirements for a class 作业
Example: The assignment was to road two chapters in the textbook.
Suggestion: You had better read the assignment before class.
Assumption: So you did read the assignment after all.
Problem: I can't finish the assignment before class.
assistant professor n. a college or university teacher who ranks above a lecturer and below an associate professor 助理教授
Example: Dr. Green is an assistant professor.
Suggestion: Why don't you find out whether he is a lecturer or an assistant professor?
Assumption: You mean Dr. Green isn't an assistant professor?
Problem: I need to find out whether Dr. Green is an assistant professor,
assistantship n. an opportunity for a graduate student to teach or do research in exchange for a stipend 研究生助教奖学金
Example: Terry got an assistantship from State University.
Suggestion: If I were you, I would apply for an assistantship.
Assumption: So you did get an assistantship from State University.
Problem: The assistantship doesn't pay as much as I thought it would.
associate professor n. a college or university teacher who ranks above an assistant professor and below a professor 副教授
Example: Dr. Peterson Js an associate professor now, but she will be promoted to a full professor at the end of the year.
Suggestion: You could ask the secretary if Dr. Peterson is an associate professor.
Assumption: Dr. Peterson isn't an associate professor, is she?
Problem: If Dr. Peterson is an associate professor, I used the wrong title in my letter to her.
audit v. to attend a course without credit 旁听
Example: It usually costs as much to audit a course as to take it for credit.
Suggestion: You could audit the course if you don't need the credit.
Assumption: You mean you are auditing the course?
Problem: If I audit the course, I won't get credit for it.
bear n. a difficult class 难以对付的课程
Example: That computer science course was a bear.
Suggestion: I heard that Dr. Young's class is a real bear, so I would advise against it this semester.
Assumption: Your roommate thought this class was a bear?
Problem: Two of the classes I am in are real bears.
be behind v. to be late; to have a lot of work to do 迟到;课业负担重
Example: I am behind in my physics class.
Suggestion: You are behind in your psychology class so you should study.
Assumption: Bill is behind?
Problem: I can't go to the party because I am behind in my classes.