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 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.
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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.

Submitted by Potter007 on Wed, 01/11/2023 - 10:53


In my opinion, learning it's not only hard work, but it's something what we can do during relax. When I'm tired, I watch interesting videos on Youtube or sitcoms on Netflix. When the level is hard for me, I use subtitles. Studying with pleasure it's the best solution.

Submitted by betelf on Tue, 17/10/2023 - 15:37


Be consistent; even if you get bored while studying, change the subject and find what interests you.

Submitted by Alexander on Fri, 13/10/2023 - 10:04


I have some tips and one of them it's watch movies and TV shows like Friends and write down new words, phrases or phrasal verbs, try to understand without subtitles to improve my listening skills. It's easy because it's fun and doesn't feel like a lesson, and you will learn a lot. Also to remember new word I write little stories of my own with them. With that way I better remember new words.

Submitted by April Kyaw on Thu, 12/10/2023 - 05:32


For me,I always watch short videos.And I always learn from music.Cause I'm a lazy girl,learning from music make me relaxed and more study.And I write down new vocabs that I don't know and I always make sentences with those words.That make my language improve.

Submitted by Niky2k on Wed, 11/10/2023 - 22:43


I completely surrounded myself by English. I watch movies, series and YouTube videos, listen British and US songs, especially UK drill. I even changed language on my phone and laptop from my native. During my learning English I always write unfamiliar words in my vocabulary lists with transcription and translation. Also I'm trying to thinking in English, for example I can plan my day on my mind in English.