Top Tips for Better Learning
SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROJECTS! GET IN TOUCH TODAY!
PRACTICAL AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROJECTS! GET IN TOUCH TODAY!
Learning anything can be tricky for most people, but almost nothing compares to starting from scratch in learning a new language, especially without regular exposure to the language. For students learning English who are living in Colombia for instance, there are fewer opportunities to practice regularly and improve, therefore it is essential to maximize all opportunities for learning. But it’s also important to make sure that you are learning well and effectively. One hour of good studying is immeasurably more effective than hours and hours of wasted all-nighters if you’re simply doing it wrong! So here are the BBE Blog’s top tips for better learning to make sure all those hours of studying aren’t going to waste…
- Figure out your ideal learning environment
What environment suits your learning style best? Do you prefer a public place, with some background noise like me? Or a quiet, peaceful spot like the library, as many people do? It’s essential to figure out what is most conducive to your learning attempts, and try to create that environment when you are studying – there’s no point doing an hour of English homework in Starbucks when you know you can’t truly concentrate; just as an hour of staring into space alone in your room isn’t great either. There are other issues too: does coffee really help you focus? Are you better before or after a meal? All of these things might not seem important, but if you start to recognize what helps you retain information faster, your learning can only improve.
What’s your learning style?
Everyone learns differently, it’s just important to figure out how you learn so you can harness your style to improve your learning. Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer to simply hear the information, or do you have to see it mapped out in front of you? Once you have figured out what learning style you have, it will be much easier to theme your study around that style, and make sure than every study session is good use of your precious time. Some people, especially language learners, may want to use images alongside their vocab lists; some might prefer to make audio recording; some may simply need repetition, repetition, repetition (see what we did there?!)…find out, and save yourself a ton of time later on down the line…
A fairly boring learning aid which is too often overlooked! Effectively organizing your studying is key to studying well – if you are able to set out your goals and timetable of learning in advance it will be so much easier to track your progress and measure your improvement, thereby making your learning more effective in the long run. Create a study timetable where you can manage your goals for the day/week/month: this is not only useful in the ways we mentioned previously, but also as a motivational tool – if you can see the progress you’re making in front of your eyes it will increase your motivation no end!
Group learning can be a really effective way of making sure that you aren’t misunderstanding any key information, helping force those tricky facts to stick, and making some friends along the way! Form a study group or conversation club and try to regularly meet up for study sessions; and don’t just stay in school, make some of it fun too! Have a beer or dinner and practice speaking in your new language for example. By working together occasionally you can make the most out of the talents of classmates to everyone’s benefit…
- Don’t take breaks (sort of…)!
We should clarify…definitely take breaks! You’ve been studying hard for hours: go and grab some food, water and a rest. Overloading your brain is never a good plan for learning. What this point means for language learners is that there’s almost nothing more damaging to the process that just taking a few weeks off ’cause you feel like you’ve earned it or something…Regular practice is the key to language learning, so make sure you stay regular with your studying! By practicing regularly you’ll improve rapidly before you even realize it, and minimize potential stress later on. Trust us, it works!