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1. Read the text and match the sentences with the appropriate actions. Write the correct numbers in the boxes.
1. Don’t be afraid to say no.
3. Budget your time.
4. Get a good night’s sleep.
5. Create a dedicated study time.
6. Make a to-do list every day.
7. Keep your work with you.
When it comes to studying, managing your time is of upmost importance. You need to determine how much time you should spend on lessons. Are you good at managing your time to have the best study hours? Read the sentences below and discover for yourself.
Put the most important tasks at the top. Even if they’re boring, do them first. Include things you want to do in your list, too so that you have items in your list you’re looking forward to.
That way, if you find yourself with extra time while on the train or bus, you can get the chance to do something.
It’s OK to say no if your friend asks you to go to a movie one night, but you have a test the next morning. Instead, find a time that works for both of you and go see the movie then.
Are you a morning person or a night person? You’ll be more efficient if you work when you are at your best.
Set up a time only to study or do homework. Turn off your phone and respond to calls or texts when your work is finished.
Create a weekly schedule to follow. Determine how much free time you have, and don’t forget to schedule time to relax.
Your brain needs rest to perform at its peak. If it is time to sleep, list the things on the next day’s to-do list and go to bed.
2. What are you going to do to manage your time effectively in a week’s time? Write sentences as in the example.
I’m going to get a good night’s sleep.
2. Read the definitions of the words below. Match them with the situations. Write the appropriate numbers in the boxes.
1. pick-pocketing: to steal from someone’s pocket without them realizing
2. mugging: to take something by force from someone, often in the street
3. hijacking: to use force to take control of a plane, ship or a train
4. burglary: to enter a building, often while no one is in it, and steal money or objects
5. shoplifting: to steal things while pretending to shop
6. kidnapping: taking somebody by force and demanding money to free that person
He waited on a dark corner until the young woman turned into the street. Then he jumped out and ran off with her leather handbag.
She often went to the shopping center and took wallets from people shopping. They never felt a thing!
They stopped the millionaire businessman outside his home and forced him to go with them.
They demanded 30 million dollars from the family to free him.
He took a gun out of his pocket and ordered the pilot to fly to Miami.
He waited until night, carefully opened the window and climbed into the house. He took the TV, all the money and jewelry in the locker.
She walked around the department store. Making sure no one was watching, she put two expensive watches into her bag.
1. Complete the conversation with the words below. Use your dictionary if you need.
Detective: I understand you were the key __________________ for the robbery, Mrs Kirk.
Mrs Kirk: Yes, I was the only other person in the bank. I was standing besides the tellers.
Detective: Are you okay to answer some __________________ for me?
Mrs Kirk: Sure. I don’t know how much help I’ll be. He made me get on the _____________, so I didn’t get a very good look at him.
Detective: Was he carrying a __________________?
Mrs Kirk: Yes, he had a gun in his back pocket. He threatened to use it, but I doubt it was __________________.
Detective: What makes you say that?
Mrs Kirk: He was just a kid; probably fifteen or younger.
Detective: Can you __________________ him for me?
Mrs Kirk: He was slim and at medium height with short brown hair. He was wearing a baseball cap and _________________. I can’t remember what else he was wearing. But there was something different with the robber; he was walking with very small steps.
Detective: Did he talk directly to you? I mean, did he ask you for your money or anything?
Mrs Kirk: No, he just told me to get on the ground. That’s all I know. I’m late for work. Is it okay if I go now?
Detective: I just want to get your name and phone number. If you think of anything else, please __________________ us.
2. Read the conversation again and answer the questions below.
1. Where was Mrs Kirk during the robbery?
2. What was she doing?
3. How did Mrs Kirk describe the robber?
1. Read the text quickly and complete the sentences below.
1. The robbery happened in __________________________.
3. A gang of __________________________ men stopped the train.
4. They stole __________________________ million pounds.
Every day in the newspapers, you can read about crimes and criminals. However, some crimes are more famous than others. One of the most famous robberies in British history happened in the morning on the 8th of August 1963. A gang of 15 men stopped a Traveling Post Office Train at 3 a.m. It was traveling to London from Glasgow in Scotland. They stopped the train by changing the signal to red, and stole letters containing £2.6 million in cash (It makes £46 million today). The robbers drove away to a farmhouse near the railway line. They shared out the money between them. Unfortunately for them, a neighbor told the police about the men hiding in the farmhouse. When the police went there, they found the post office bags and fingerprints. They caught all the robbers except four. The judge sent them to prison, but the police couldn’t find most of the money and the other robbers. The most famous of the robbers was Ronnie Biggs. The judge sentenced him to 30 years, but in June 1965, after only 15 months in prison, he escaped in a furniture van and ran away to Brazil. He lived there until May 2001. Then he returned to the UK, but the court sent him back to prison.
2. Read the text again and answer the questions.
1. How did the robbers stop the train?
2. What were they doing in the farmhouse?
3. Could the police find all the money and the robbers?
4. What happened in 1965?
5. What did Ronnie Biggs do in 2001?
6. What do the highlighted words in the text refer to?