5 Useful Study Phrasal Verbs in English

I’m going to give you 5 useful phrasal verbs for studying.


Brush up on: To review or refresh one’s knowledge or skills in a particular subject.

I need to brush up on my English before the language exam.
She spent the weekend brushing up on the key concepts for the upcoming test.


Cram for: To study intensively and quickly, especially for an exam or test, often in a short amount of time.

The students were cramming for the final exams all night.
I have to cram for the quiz because I didn’t have time to study earlier.


Figure out: To understand or solve a problem by thinking about it or examining it carefully.

It took a while, but I finally figured out the solution to the math problem.
Can you help me figure out the meaning of this complex passage?


Read up on: To study or research a particular topic by reading a lot of information about it.

I decided to read up on the historical context before writing my essay.
She spent the afternoon reading up on the latest research in her field.


Take in: To absorb or understand information, often by listening, reading, or observing.

It’s important to take in the main points when reviewing a textbook chapter.
I need some time to take in all the information from the lecture before the exam.


I hope you took in some of these great study verbs in English and are figuring out how to use them 😉

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Hi friends! I create American English content for you and ESL Learners around the world!

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