There is no time like the present! And although learning English is a long process, these tips can help improve your English right now. Take a look at the list below, and see if you can make any changes in your methods of learning.
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes
This is a very important thing to remember. You will never learn if you don’t make mistakes. Making mistakes is actually vital to learning. And just because you make a mistake, it does not make you a failure. Keep your confidence, and don’t be afraid to make those mistakes. With every single mistake and failed attempt, you are that much closer to being at the level of English you wish to be at.
2.Practice Speaking Every Day
Even if it’s just a few minutes every day, whether you’re singing in the shower, or reading an English article before you go to bed, it’s so important that you practice every single day. If you don’t practice regularly, it’s so easy to let your routine slip and then it could be weeks before you get back into your English studies. Don’t let that happen – try to study a little bit every day. Every little bit helps.
3.Tell Your Family or Friends
If you tell your family or friends about your English goals, they can be your own support team. They may encourage you to keep your studies up, motivate you to keep going and help you in any other way they can. If you tell them about your goals, you’re more likely to keep them.
4.Make Your Own Schedule
Study whenever you can, and whenever you feel the best. If you hate the mornings, and that’s when you’re doing all your studying, you’re not going to be very productive. If you have a very busy schedule, and your study sessions are hours long, you’re going to get impatient and not be very productive. If you want the best results, study when you can, and when you feel the best. If you can only study 5 minutes at lunch, and 5 minutes at night, then stick to that schedule!
5.Give Yourself Long Term Goals
Long term goals will help you get through those “dry spells” when you really don’t feel like studying. Having a long term goal will motivate yourself to keep progressing. Focus on that goal!
6.Give Yourself Short Term Goals
Short term goals are more achievable goals. Every time you achieve one of your short term goals, reward yourself! To read more about goals, and how to keep them, click here.
7.Create A Good Atmosphere
Try to study in a place that is most conducive to learning. Go to that same spot every time you study. Make sure it’s quiet, calm, and relaxing with limited distractions. This will help you really focus on what you’re trying to learn.
8.Do What Works
Think back to when you were (or are) in school. What methods worked the best for you? Are you more of a visual learner? Or do you like to be hands on? Whatever the method that works best for you, try to use those methods when you’re learning. The best thing about learning a language on your own is that you get to make the lesson plans personally catered to your very needs.
If you carry around a notebook with you (or perhaps use your mobile phone), you can write down English words you hear or see that you don’t understand. Later on, you can look them up and learn the definitions of them.
10.Ask For Help
If there’s something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask somebody for help. Ask Google, your teacher, your friends or even me. Feel free to ask me questions through my Twitter account, or through my website. I’m here to help!