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    People who are at uni
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    Those in either sixth form or uni
    244
    23.67%
    GCSE, A-level or uni people
    200
    19.40%
    Those doing any kind of study
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    42.19%

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    Interested to see what people think of when they hear the word 'student'. It's a word that has a lot of connotations with university, but would you also consider GCSE and/or A-level pupils to be students?
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    When I see 'student' I think of someone at uni, half drunk and poor
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    I would consider them students yes, but when I hear/see the word I immediately think of University students, and I'm not sure why


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    Interested to see what people think of when they hear the word 'student'. It's a word that has a lot of connotations with university, but would you also consider GCSE and/or A-level pupils to be students?
    I sort of think of the word "student" as being more appropriate for GCSE/A Level.

    If somebody would ask me something such as 'What do you do?' (in relevance to work, etc), I wouldn't directly say 'I am a student' but instead something like 'I am at university'. I just find it strange to use 'student' as a profession when you're past 18.

    I've explained it poo-ily but here's an example of a pal:
    A pal o mine works as a baker whilst at university, but when I heard her being asked what she did, she only said that she was a student. I think that's the wrong answer; she is a god-damn baker now.
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    someone with a debt

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    (Original post by shooks)
    Interested to see what people think of when they hear the word 'student'. It's a word that has a lot of connotations with university, but would you also consider GCSE and/or A-level pupils to be students?
    Student is a synonym(the same as) a learner. When I think of a student, I think of someone practising a certain hobby/subject.

    To answer your question, yes they would, that's why theSTUDENTroom, has GCSE and A-Level sections for study help.


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    Depends on what context really. Sometimes you can say that you're a student of a school - be it college, University, secondary school. But I guess when it comes to discounts it's sixth form and/or University generally.
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    Anyone studying is a student in my opinion. But I do instantly think of university students as they have the associated "student lifestyle" that other students (e.g. those at school or doing an apprenticeship) do not have - i.e. living generally with a group of people on not much money away from parents, etc.
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    Some schools call their learners students, as well as pupils.

    To me student probably originates from the word study? Which would suggest to me that anyone could be a student. To use an example from everyday expression: someone 'studying an article', is that person a student? I personally think that they are a student, but only a student of that article.

    For a person to identify as a student, that it is part of their identity in some way, for me means that they do it on a full-time basis, or that it is their main occupation.
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    If I hear the word 'student' I would always assume it's referring to university students, and I would only really use it to describe uni students. However, I would understand if a sixth-former described themselves as a student (probably less so at GCSE).
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    What about Pre-U, BTEC, IB etc. ?
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    When I think 'student', I think anyone who is studying outside of compulsory education. That being said, I would totally understand those who are studying at any level calling themselves students. That's what they are.
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    It depends on the context. I would consider anyone at school/uni to be a student, but I associate the word with uni students more.
 
 
 
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