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 Rinaa on Sat, 15/08/2020 - 21:59

Lately, I found another helpful method to improve my English in Listening and speaking area. I'm listening to many audiobooks in youtube, the best part is that I'm enjoying each of them.

Submitted by DrakonBZ on Sat, 08/08/2020 - 05:36

Having friends from another country also helps. You can chat with them and ask for tips to get better comprehension and pronunciation. You can also exchange your language with your foreign friends as an appreciation for their teachings for you

Submitted by Risa on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 14:43

I always watch my favorite artist interview or listen to their songs. The way of listen to native speaker’s pronunciation or conversation is the best way to learn new language. If you like watching movies, you should watch English sound with Japanese subtitle. You can enjoy it from an unusual viewpoint. If you don’t understand the conversation meaning or word, you look it up in the dictionary. That way is important to studying language. If there’s something you don’t know, look it up thoroughly. So that way, linguistic ability goes up without realizing. Busy people should download the application like CNN application. It is a big clue of growing up that effectively utilizes spare time. 

Submitted by AMANI148 on Sat, 01/08/2020 - 20:19

I have some tips for leaner a new language .through what I learned from my mistakes before that . Don't be shy if you mistake because we learn from our mistakes.Also you will remamper the mistake you made it. Secondly, not necessary to note the level of student and compare them with you in the end, everyone who comes to learn.

Submitted by Seina Tsuchiya on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 06:26

I think it's important to watch dramas and movies and listen to music in that country. I started studying Korean and Malay at university. I usually listen to K-POP and watch Korean dramas. This is very useful for class. It also improves my listening ability.

Submitted by Re on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 05:44

Hello. When I was high school student, I sang an English song in an English class. The song was "papurika". Do you know? I enjoyed singing in English. Now, I studies English watching many times my favorite movie. I think Japanese people should speak English more. Therefore, English conversation is one way to improve your speaking English skill. I want to talk with foreign people. I want to go to university and I do talk with international students.

Submitted by Suzuha on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 06:40

I think listening to music and watching dramas from foreign countries are good for learning foreign languages. If I am interested in foreign culture, I will make progress in my studies of foreign languages.

Submitted by Yuki on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 05:55

When learning a new language, it is good to watch movies or listen to music. I also watch interviews with my favorite musicians. Then, look up the word in a dictionary whenever I found one I don't know. These methods improve our listening skills and are fun to learn. I think learning a new language in a fun way will improve our ability. So I actually do them.

Submitted by Hiyori Ueno on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 05:19

I think chatting with foreign friends is good for learn English. There are many app that I can chatting with foreign friends. My favorite app is “Hello talk”. Because there are a lot of foreign people who want to learn Japanese culture. So we can chatting about it to use English. The app is good for make foreign friends and improve my English.