Student or Learner
In what contex could we this expression?
One comes to my mind. "She worked her way up to e-mailing me five times a day." What else?
We will start with learning how to make scrambled eggs and toast and work our way up to standing rib roast and a soufflé.
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.