Here are four ways you can use your time in the best ways…
1. Be active when you study
You might love games and English songs, but only doing these sorts of activities won’t help you. Choose activities that “stretch” you and allow you to learn new things.
Related to this is to listen actively. Don’t watch or listen to English while you’re doing something else. Concentrate on the English with ALL your senses and you’ll learn much more.
2. Be smart
If you do a grammar or vocabulary exercise and only get 7 / 10, go back and look at the question again. Do you know why you made the mistake? If you do the exercise again, will you get 10 / 10?
Mistakes are a really important part of learning a language, as they help us test what we know. When we get something wrong, it’s a good idea to analyse why, so that we don’t make the same mistake again.
3. Apply what you learn
When you learn a new word or phrase, try it as soon as you can. You might make a mistake (which isn’t a bad thing!) but if you don’t use it, you’ll probably forget it.
For new vocabulary, it’s a good idea to write down an example sentence of your own with the new word, then try to use it as soon as possible. If you can’t do this, at least “review” the new word and sentence the next day, the next week, the next month, and so on.
4. Set small goals
Some goals, like learning English, are quite big goals – and they often don’t have clear results. (When do you know that you’ve learned English?) So to stay motivated, break up this larger goal into smaller, easier goals. For example:
Be able to order a meal in English
Write an email of enquiry without making mistakes
Talk to a colleague about his / her weekend without a lot of hesitation