Study skills tips

Study skills tips

Read the study skills tips to practise and improve your reading skills. You'll learn some great study tips at the same time!

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Many studies about language learning ask the question: What makes a good language learner? There are some things that good language learners do and some things they don't do. Here are some of the most useful suggestions from studies.

  • Don't be afraid of making mistakes. People often get things wrong. Good language learners notice their mistakes and learn from them.
  • Do group activities. People use language to communicate with other people. A good language learner always looks for opportunities to talk with other students.
  • Make notes during every class. Notes help you to remember new language. Look at your notes when you do your homework.
  • Use a dictionary. Good language learners often use dictionaries to check the meaning of words they don't know. They also make their own vocabulary lists.
  • Think in the language you're learning outside the classroom. When you're shopping or walking down the street, remember useful words and phrases. Sometimes, when you're at home, say new words to practise your pronunciation.
  • Do extra practice. Test and improve your language, reading and listening skills with self-study material. You can find a lot of this online.
  • Imagine yourself speaking in the language. Many good language learners can see and hear themselves speaking in the language. This helps their motivation.
  • Enjoy the process. Good language learners have fun with the language. Watch a TV series or film, listen to songs, play video games or read a book. It's never too late to become a good language learner.

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Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:08

using stickers with new words every day improves our vocabulary.

Submitted by R on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 17:06

I usually do what this sentence. I like foreign music and sometimes listen to it. I think listening to foreign music is useful for learning language. I study English so now I mostly listen to English music. But I'm also studying Chinese and Malay. So if I have time, I want to listen to music in these two languages. Watching foreign dramas may also help us learn language. One of my friends is watching foreign dramas without subtitles. I've never done this, but I'll try it next time. It may be difficult to see without subtitles, so I would like to add subtitles at first.

Submitted by NANAKA on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 15:24

Hello! I'm stuck in a rut with my learning English recently, so that I've just started dohing and imitating Red Kiwi. What is Red Kiwi? It is an app to learn languages. By using it, We can have English lessons anywhere, anytime. Of course it's free. I like this way of studying because this is like playing a game. Speaking is one thing. Readig and writing is another. Practice, practice, practice!

Submitted by Maiko Tanzawa on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 09:15

Some other tips that come to my mind when learning a language are to use social media and other means to find and contact a native speaker of the language you want to learn. Now that the Internet is well developed and you can easily connect with people from overseas, I think you should actively use it. I think this site is exactly the same. In addition, learning foreign language by incorporating it into your favorite things, or if you are learning multiple languages, find common points and different points yourself, organize them and learn while consciously learning I think it will be easier to understand about.

Submitted by Yonemura Tomoya on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 08:30

Hello. I have two tips for learning a new language. First, talking with native speaker. English education of Japan develop for the last several decades, so there are some ALT or teacher in all school. I think it is good oppotunity to talk with native Speaker. By doing so, your speaking and listening skills will improve. Second, teaching other people. It is very difficult. If you can teach other people, your understanding will increace. I think taht what you have interest is the most important thing.

Submitted by tomoka on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 08:01

I hear it is good for language learners to watch overseas dramas with a new language's subtitles. I think it is good way of studying languages. I major in a foreign language, so I know how difficult is to master the skill of speaking them. Of course, I must study hard them by writing or reading. But there are a lot of attractive dramas in the world. Furthermore, if the drama is made in the country I study the language, maybe it is useful for me. In fact, there are people around me can speak English by doing them. From this opinion, I recommend language learners to study language by using overseas works.

Submitted by mahiro on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 06:46

Hello. This sentence summary is about there are some things that good language learners do and some things they don't do. There are 8 suggestion sentence. I think most need sentence that don't be afraid of making mistakes. Because I often afraid of making mistakes. But I know, don't be afraid of making mistakes. Therefor I keep challenging to speak in English.

Submitted by Dilnoza Sulaymonova on Fri, 12/06/2020 - 08:47

The best way is learning more and more new vocabulary and to improve speaking skill

Submitted by Sharif Tayyebi on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 08:49

I usually do some of tips that I read in this part. I think all these tips are very nice and useful. In my opinion, a language is a tool to make communication, so we should use it in every part of our live and use it as a tool of communication. Nowadys, messaging, writing letters, chatting, using in phone calls, reading books and websites, makkng Facebook page, twitter, and so on are the other part of communication which we use them. I think, we should use a language in all aspects of our life. For example, I have a Facebook page, and sometimes I write on in English which I am learning now. I often request for help or ask for my mistakes from my friends, and they usually share with me. Sometimes I learn a lot of things from my friends. I suggest to everybody that they use Facebook and so on like a tool of learning. It will be a great way in our free time, but I should notice that using Facebook and other communication tools must be for free time and we shouldn't always use them. Thank you so much