English Learning Strategies Mrs. Pema Dickey, PRT, TCV Chauntra.
Set small, achievable targets, e.g.:
A) Learn 10 new English words or phrases every day, Mondays to Fridays
(repeat on Saturdays, relax on Sundays).
B) Study 15 minutes every day.
C) Read the lyrics of an English song every week and try to understand its main content.
D) Read and try to understand one short English text every week.
Reaching your target step by step is much better than setting a huge target that you cannot achieve. Easy does it ... and keeps your motivation up.
1 MOTIVATION IS THE HALF WORK
"Boring" well, that's definitely not the way it works.
Try to find a positive aspect to studying. Why not watch your favorite film in English and write down some useful words or phrases that you want to remember. You could also read the lyrics of Top 10 songs and try to understand what they are about. Or check out celebrity sites and learn more about famous actors, bands and other stars. This is surely good for your vocabulary and on top of that its lots of fun.
Always look on the bright side of life.
3 DON'T OVER DO IT
Studying 15 minutes per day is more effective than studying 2 hours once every week.
For a whole week, try studying 15 minutes each day. Not less. Definitely not more than that (even if you could).
You will see that the following day, studying is much more fun, simply because you didn't push it to the limit the day before.
Know when to stop before you start.
4 TREAT YOURSELF SOMETHING GOOD
Everybody notices what you failed to do. But nobody appreciates what you succeeded to do. That's rather frustrating, isn't it?
Appreciation is always a good motivation. And if nobody else appreciates your efforts, you'll have to do it yourself. Set a target for the day, the week or the term and do also set a reward for yourself that you can look forward to, e.g.:
A) If achieve the target, I will treat myself to...
B) An adventurous monster killing game on my computer.
C) A gathering with my friends.
D) A good meal at wet canteen and etc.
If it's a long-time target, write your reward down on a piece of paper and hang it up in a place where it catches your eyes. This sure will be a good motivation.
Go for it !
5 STUDYING ENGLISH WITH FRIENDS
Meet friends and studying English together. You can repeat your English vocabulary, do your homework together and help each other with English grammar. Studying with friends simply is much more fun.
It's also a good opportunity to exchange ideas on studying in general. May be your friends have found out about a good way of studying more effectively. Or, who knows, may be you can advise your friends on this?
All for one and one for all.