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 afredo_954 on Sun, 07/07/2024 - 06:56


It's a good idea creating a spoken journal. It may be created in a WhatsApp chat and you can record audios speaking about many different topics, whatever that comes to your head: about your day, a movie you watched recently, your thoughts etc. In this way, you can see your progress throughout  the time, while you improve your fluency and pronunciation. 

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Submitted by jondepdation on Tue, 25/06/2024 - 15:52


I have a tip I often use when prompting for new vocabulary:
First, you need to draw 5 parallel and alternating lines to form 6 or more vertical columns
Second, you alternate writing vocabulary in your language and your linguistics
And after 3 days you can write the vocabulary you have learned into divided columns or more days to make it easier to remember.


Submitted by Angel7768 on Wed, 05/06/2024 - 23:25


What other tips do you have for learning a new language?

To be in calm and understand the proccess. It could be good idea to advice people create their own planification.
concentrate in practice the new vocabulary theit learn everyday.
And enjoy each victory.

Submitted by ubaid332 on Mon, 27/05/2024 - 14:35


What other tips do you have for learning a new language?

There are some other tips in my mind to learn a new language.

  1. Consistency
  2. Note the unknow words and check in dictionary for their meaning and use in own sentence.
  3. Listening, by watching online courses, and related movies.
  4. Reading newspapers because they use hard vocabulary
  5. Improve your basic grammer and tenses to make a good sentence.

Submitted by Phoe Ag on Sat, 11/05/2024 - 11:48


I love the tip "Enjoy the process" that mentioned above. Below tip may also help to improve for some skills.

Reading out loud. When we read out loud a story or book in the journey of learning language , we can hear back our own voice and it is already practiced for reading skills and pronunciation as well.

Submitted by DzhusAngela on Fri, 12/01/2024 - 10:44


Firstly,the most important set a goal for yourself.When your intentions are clear, your path becomes clear.Secondly,look for instruments,for example-teacher,course,book or program to learn language by yourself.I looked,that anformal education is better for learning and remember new words and knowledge.

Submitted by R. Przybysz on Tue, 09/01/2024 - 02:11


I use the sentence mining technique to learn english as well. I use the anki app to register all of the new words and sentences that I learn, and the app shows it many times and it's help me to saved the new informations.
This is my email address (............) if someone want's to trainning english. Thank you.

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Submitted by Toan3002 on Wed, 06/12/2023 - 09:17


In my opinion, I normally listen to music on Spotify and watch short videos on YouTube to improve my language skills. It makes me feel relaxed and motivates me to learn better when I feel lazy and tired.