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any means • slack off • self-motivated
fake • plan out
  1. In spite of his circumstances, the student was to graduate.
  2. We did the exact dates.
  3. I didn't mean to offend you by , but I had to be honest.
  4. I tried to a smile, but he knew I was hurt.
  5. It's hard to pick up the pace after you .
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1110 Free Schedule

Shiloh talks about managing his time while doing home schooling.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

by any means

I still have great friends and I'm not a loner by any means but it was difficult to meet friends.

We include the phrase by 'any means' to make a statement stronger. Notice the following:

  1. He's not a bad student by any means. Just a little lazy.
  2. I will not by any means agree to that!

slack off

So did you find yourself slacking off?

The term slack off means to slow down and relax a little. Notice the following:

  1. I often slack off when the boss leaves.
  2. Don't slack off yet, we're almost finished.


The student really has to be self-motivated.

Someone who is self motivated is hard-working and enthusiastic. Notice the following:

  1. He needs to become more self-motivated.
  2. I'm just not self motivated.


It's really easy to just not do your work or to fake it.

When we fake something, that means we pretend to do it. Notice the following:

  1. He faked a smile for the TV cameras.
  2. She knew I lied. I just couldn't fake it.

plan out

I was able to plan out my day and my schedule.

'Plan' and 'plan out' have exactly the same meaning. We can use either. Notice the following:

  1. Let's plan a vacation.
  2. Let's plan out a vacation.