I find that many students of mine are unnecessarily hard on themselves whenever they make a mistake. So I’m here to tell you: making a mistake is not a failure. The only time making a mistake is ever a failure, is when we don’t learn anything from it. Mistakes and failures are a vital part of the learning process.
If we take a look at the scientific community, they place a lot of emphasis on analysis and observation – not necessarily just getting the ‘correct’ results. If they have come to the realization that they are wrong, and need to go in a different direction, this is not considered a failure, this is considered a breakthrough! They are one step closer to getting the answer. Try to view your studies in the same way.
Sure, you may be disappointed if you didn’t get the right answer, but this is no reason to be discouraged. Don’t belittle yourself or make yourself feel bad. It’s actually a good thing you’re making a mistake, because this is how you learn. Nobody comes out knowing everything about the English language. Even Native English speakers who have been speaking English for 20 or more years are still learning! So the more mistakes you make, the more you will learn. Those students who don’t make any mistakes, aren’t actually learning anything because they’re not challenging themselves.
Try to keep a positive attitude about your personal learning process. Your mistakes aren’t as bad as they may seem, and you’re the only critic. No doubt your teacher/tutor, friends or family are very happy with your progress, and your effort. After all, not everybody can learn another language. To keep a positive outlook on your studies, try to keep yourself motivated. With every single mistake, and failed attempt, you are that much closer to the level of English you wish to be at. So keep up the hard work!
Remember, there is no success without failure.