Given that there are almost as many methods to improve your English skills as there are English teachers trying to select just one can seem almost as difficult as the language itself. Worse still, a a quick web search reveals hundreds (if not thousands) of pages claiming be the most effective! Well, we are here to tell you that, well-intentioned or not, there is no perfect study plan. No one system is right for every student. There are, however, some useful guidelines that all students should consider when working improve. Here are some of the best ways to train your brain to study English:
Start studying before you study. After all, it is common knowledge that both cars and athletes perform better after they have had a chance to warm up. Thus it makes sense that something almost infinitely more complex – the human brain – deserves the same treatment. So don’t try to study with a cold mental motor! Instead, try to gradually acclimatize to English by activating your vocabulary and grammar before getting down to business. It can be as simple as brainstorming silently about the kind of vocabulary related to a particular subject or as complicated as creating a dialogue using the kind of grammar necessary to describe a past event but trust us, you will be glad you did.
Make It A (Daily) Routine!
The parallels with exercise do not end there. In much the same way that athletes practice every day, you too should train your brain to study English by reviewing English as regularly as possible. Marathon study sessions just don’t work. Instead, try establishing a daily routine of 30 minutes of practice. It is easier than it seems and studies show that short, steady practice is far more effective than long, sporatic periods.
Shake It Up (With What You Like)!
Finally, just because a routine is important does not mean that you should practice in the same way day in and day out. Try anything and everything as often as possible. Variety is the spice of life and, as an added bonus, using a variety of study methods can help you to reinforce your learning while simultaneously making it more interesting!
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