Many people like to reflect going into the new year. After all, it’s a new year and a fresh start. It may sound cliched, but going into a new year is the perfect time to reflect on your English learning path and see where you would like to go.
There are many benefits to periodically taking the time to self-evaluate. It will help you to improve your English skills by mapping out how far you’ve come, what you’ve accomplished and where you still need to go.
Reflecting On Your Past Progress
Think about when you first started to learn English – did you know any English at all? Where are you now? No doubt you’ve seen immense improvements.
A great idea is to purchase a journal to write down your progress. When you go back to reflect on all the work you’ve done, you’ll feel pride in your work but also motivation to keep improving. Write down specific areas where you saw improvements within the past year. Here are some reflecting questions you can ask yourself:
- What level of English were you at when you first started?
- How did you feel about starting to learn English?
- Did your feelings change?
- How much did you know about the subject before you started?
- What process did you go through to understand a specific English lesson?
- Have you used this process in other aspects of your life?
- In what ways have you improved?
- What resources did you use?
- What problems did you face?
- How did you overcome these challenges?
Reflecting On Your Current State
No doubt you’ve made a lot of progress! Congratulations! You should feel very proud of yourself. But realistically, there are probably still many things you want to accomplish.
When we take the time to examine ourselves, we ultimately get to know ourselves better. When you know yourself, you’re able to help yourself. You will know, specifically, what can help with your studies. Here are some reflecting questions you can ask yourself:
- What level of English are you currently at?
- What current study methods do you use?
- How do you feel about your current level of English?
- In what ways have you seen improvements?
- What areas are you doing well in?
- What is your favourite part of the English language?
- Is there an aspect of English you like learning about more?
- What are some of your favourite ways to study?
- Are there areas you tend to avoid?
- Are there aspects of English you struggle with?
Reflecting On the Future
When you know yourself, you’re able to help yourself. You will know, specifically, what can help with your studies. When you take a look at your work, you begin to focus on the outcome. Think about what you would like to see as an outcome. When you examine your studies, you’ll be focused on your final outcome, and therefore do whatever is necessary to reach that outcome.
- What are two or three aspects of English you’d like to see improvements?
- What would you change about your learning process?
- What new study methods would you like to try?
- What would you like to improve upon?
- What’s one thing you’ve seen other ESL learners do that you’d like to try?
- How do you feel about the future of your English learning process?
- What are some goals you’d like to set for yourself?
- How will you reach those goals?
- What would you like to spend more time working on?
- What level of English would you like to be at by (set date)?
Personal evaluation is just that: personal. Find a way to examine yourself in a positive light that leaves you feeling motivated to keep growing. Taking the time to examine yourself every once in awhile doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, you’ll become even more successful and see greater improvements if you continue to evaluate yourself.
Are there any other reflective questions you can think of? Do you take the time to do personal self-reflection? Let me know in the comments below!