Why is it that some people get stuck and have to repeat the same class over again, and other people seem to learn so quickly? If you feel like you’re not progressing in your studies (or, really, anything in life!), there is no doubt that frustration will follow. A lot of us have had this experience one way or another in our lives.
It is NOT a matter of intelligence! Still, we each learn differently, and we need to understand what the best way is for us to learn. It’s also so important to remember to not be embarrassed.
We know how difficult it is, and how hard it feels, to not be where you want to be in any aspect of your life. We’ve been there! But don’t get upset, and don’t get stuck! You’ll want to channel that negativity into things you could do instead to motivate yourself further; to turn that piece of carbon into a diamond! ⛏️💎✨
In this lesson, we will talk about how to avoid repeating a level in your studies, and how to progress and improve faster and more successfully. Here are the important steps you need to take to make sure you’re learning in the easiest, fastest, and best way possible for YOU.
MAKE CLASS A PRIORITY
This one is simple, if you want to succeed! Make your English class, and your learning experience, a priority. If you’re always choosing other activities over taking time to study or engage in class, you’re deciding to put your learning on the back burner, where it’s not as important.
If you want to progress quickly, you have to make your learning a priority. Maybe that means waking up 15 minutes earlier to study. Maybe it means eating lunch at your desk at work, instead of going out to grab a bite with your colleagues. Sometimes, we have to make sacrifices in order to make those things that are important to us a priority.
BE AN ACTIVE LEARNER
If you’re already making your English studies a priority, great job! That is the first step. If you’re still doing all the things we mentioned above, and you’re still not seeing improvement, you need to become more active in your learning experience.
What does it mean to be an active leaner? Let’s look at the opposite type of learner first. A passive learner, meaning a person who sits at their desk in class, is quiet, and simply listens to the teacher give their lecture. Maybe you take notes, or maybe you answer some questions, but are you really listening? Are you actually using the information you’re being given? The majority of the time, you’re simply receiving information, and your mind is likely elsewhere.
Unlike a passive learner, an active learner will take that information they’re receiving and actually do or create something with it. Simply spending time (and money) in your class will not help you learn! Time ≠ learning. You have to actually be active and engaged with the information that you receive in class.
A good way to become an active learner, for example, is to make excellent use of your time while you’re in class. While you’re taking notes (which are so important!), be sure to understand what you’re writing, and to form questions as you’re writing. Then, when the opportunity presents itself, raise your hand and get those questions answered. Make sure you leave class with a level of confident understanding of what you just learned.
Another good example is to create dialogues with the information you’re receiving. Put your new knowledge to use! Add information that’s useful to you (like, for example, how you’d pronounce it, or another tip that’s helpful to you personally). Take advantage of office hours as well, if your teacher makes them available.
CREATE WITH THE LANGUAGE
In the same vein as above, find ways to take the information you’re receiving, and turn them into something else. Don’t just repeat what the teacher tells you to; create something new!
A beginner English learner will start by listening and repeating. An intermediate or advanced English learner, however, will create their own content in English.
Can you create your own sentences? Could you maybe create a poem or a song? Your own dialogue, perhaps? Could you imagine a conversation using the vocabulary that you’re learning? All of these are great ways to improve being an active learner, and taking an engaged approach in your English learning experience, and interacting with your newfound knowledge.
With creativity comes the inevitable mistake, and we want you to know that mistakes are OK! At Go Natural English, we truly believe that mistakes are a way to improve. When we fall down, we have to learn to get back up. 😉
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
It’s important to be able to see your own mistakes. If you imagine that you will be perfect from the get-go, you will be disappointed. Don’t worry about making mistakes; instead, focus on identifying them, learn from them, and fix them. This is a surefire way to grow, and improve, and progress faster.
An awesome way to put this into practice is to record yourself speaking English. Afterwards, listen to yourself carefully, and try your best to identify any mistakes you made.
HELP OTHERS LEARN
Spending time with other English learners, helping them stay motivated, and helping them to keep learning and practicing is a great way to check yourself. When you help others, you become the teacher, and a teacher has to know what they’re talking about! 😉
Helping others is also very motivating, so you will want to keep studying and learning to continue to help others. Losing motivation, when learning any subject, is a significant threat to our success. Helping others is a great way to renew that motivation, and keep it going strong!
Click on our video lesson below for more, and be sure to tell us in the comments what you think. Are there ways to be an active learner that we forgot? Let us know!
Go beyond what your teacher assigns you, and take control of your own learning!