We all know very well that each person is different and therefore, we all have different study habits. Some people study better at night, others early in the morning, with or without music, in the library, in the park…each person has their own trick.
Regardless of which kind of person you are, there are a few habits you could learn from people who are considered “applied students”. By adopting some of these habits, learning could be made a lot easier for you. Would you like to know what these habits are?
Never put off until tomorrow…
Surely you already know the famous quote “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”! If you are a person who tends to procrastinate, you may find this sentence irritating. Although it is rather tempting to postpone your tasks, it does not really make life easier, the opposite is actually true, in the end the work you need to do ends up accumulating and finally you are left with little time and a mountain of work. The same thing happens when you learn a new language.
It is important to study a little every day, otherwise, you will not really get into the rhythm of learning a language, and finally your work will accumulate and you will be forced to try and study everything in one sitting. That doesn’t sound to good now does it? For this reason we recommend that you work a little every day and try to complete your homework sooner, rather than later. This way you will have a lot more time to do the other things that you enjoy doing.
The magic word: routine
Apart from trying to avoid procrastination, it is also useful to establish a routine when studying. When you are learning English for example, it helps to do the more monotonous tasks like memorising the grammar and vocabulary little by little, at your own pace. without trying to learn too much too quickly.
If you learn 10 new words every day, it is not much work and it is easy to do. In this way, you will learn 70 new words per week, or a total of 3640 words per year, which is a considerable amount, in a short time! And, you will also be immersing yourself in the language every day, which is very important, especially at the beginning. Over time, you will find it much easier to learn even more words each day.
It is clear that the easiest way to learn is when you have personal motivation. Whether you want to live abroad, apply for a new job for which it is imperative to speak English, or even if you have met a person who speaks English and you’d like to better your communication skills, whatever your motivation, any motivation is great. So, find that motivation and start learning!
Throw yourself into the deep end
Let’s get down to the most exciting and fun part of learning a language, practice! It is a great feeling when you have finished learning a new grammar concept or new vocabulary and you use it in conversation with your flatmate from the UK or USA. The idea of having to study for hours and hours can seem rather unpleasant and boring, but when you realise how your English level has improved, you feel great. In addition, the best way to learn a new language is to practice speaking it as quickly as possible. If you practice every day, whether with tourists that have stopped to ask you for directions or with a language exchange partner, every little helps. Don’t be shy! Speak to people in English whenever you can and practise what you have learned! Throw yourself into the deep end!
Another very useful quality of applied students is their curiosity. Try to find out what form of learning is the best for you, and what other options there are. Are you more of a visual learner, who learns by seeing and watching? If you are, then stick post-it notes with the words of each of the objects around your house in English. For example, your furniture, kitchen appliances etc. This is a great way of learning new vocabulary. Do you have difficulty pronouncing words correctly? Watching films or a series in English is a fantastic way of learning intonations, slang, vocabulary and even improving your accent. In no time you will be speaking just like a native! You could also find out about local language exchanges in your city or town, possibly have meetup groups with other English speakers. Every little helps!
So, you see it is not that hard to learn or better your English, if you follow the advice given. If you need more help and learning options to integrate into your daily life, subscribe for free to our English course online. Because our course is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, either on the computer or on your smartphone or tablet, you have no excuse!
This post was written by Brandon Bender, teacher and content creator for ABA English.