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Dear teachers,

I would appreciate it very much if you could teach me the meaning of the " catch-up class " in the sentence below:

The teacher says :" For those who miss any class , there is a free catch-up class once a month on Saturday morning .

Can "catch-up class" here be used interchangeably with " make-up class " ?

Thank you in advance
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Don't know for sure, but I suspect there's a difference. "For those who miss any class," indicates many different classes may be dealt with in this one session. I would think of a "make-up" class as one which is more or less identical to the one which was missed. I picture a "catch-up" class as one which attempts to help as many students as possible in the areas where they feel weak. I wouldn't be surprised if those who hadn't missed classes might be admitted, as long as priority is given to those who missed.
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perhaps: remedial class
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Thank you Avangi very much.

By the way , please tell me in your country what words we shall say to refer to a class which is organized to help students weak in English , Maths ....to recover their grounding .

Is it ok If I say " The teacher will organize a special class to help weak students to recover their grounding in English." ?

Best wishes
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TuongvanIs it ok If I say " The teacher will organize a special class to help weak students to recover their grounding in English." ?
Hi Tuongvan,

As Marius suggests, "remedial" is the standard term. remedial math; remedial reading; remedial English; etc. I guess it comes from "remedy" as in "home remedy" to cure a cold. A remedy is used to fix something.

"Weak students" is a misleading term. They may be weak in a certain area of a certain subject and still be strong students. (A weak student would be a poor student.)

"Recover" is not the best choice. It implies you once had it, then you lost it, and you seek to get it back. "Before his illness he could press 300 lbs. Now he's weak as a baby. But he hopes to recover his strength."

Perhaps, "a special class to help students who have fallen behind, to improve their grounding (foundation) in English."
Thank you very much Marius and Avangi. I got it.

Best wishes