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    hard-working student vs ?

    What do you call a student who doesn't study hard, rebuked by teachers in general?
    It's the opposite of hard-working student. So is it ill-working student or low-grade student or something?

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    Re: hard-working student vs ?

    I'd call such a student a lazy student.

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    Re: hard-working student vs ?

    I could see "poor student" or "slow student" in a dictionary. Are they also common?

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    Re: hard-working student vs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I could see "poor student" or "slow student" in a dictionary. Are they also common?
    'Slow' is more often used to suggest someone who is not too bright academically. I'd use 'poor' of a piece of work, or a student's attitude, but I would not normally speak of a 'poor student'.

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    Re: hard-working student vs ?

    I agree that "slow" suggests learning disabilities.

    I'd say "poor student" works in the US to mean someone who didn't do well in school, suggesting at least some of the problem was lack of effort or attention. It would not suggest that teachers "rebuked" him, but it seems student-teacher interactions are quite different in other cultures.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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