• 12th December, 2012

Golden rules for language students

If you want to be aEstudiante 10 student then take our advice Thumbs up:

First and foremost there are two words which you need in your vocabulary before you start any task: INTEREST and MOTIVATION.

In other words, I have decided to learn a language, or pick up from where I left off, because I really want this and I have the right type of motivation moving forward.

Motivation can be divided into two types which are both equally effective:

  • Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that is driven by an interest or enjoyment in the task itself, and exists within the individual rather than relying on any external pressure. Intrinsic motivation is based on taking pleasure in an activity or hobby rather than working towards an external reward.

  • Extrinsic motivation refers to the performance of an activity in order to attain an outcome.  Common extrinsic motivations are rewards like money, grades or any other form of prize.
Motivation
Source: Wikipedia

It is of utmost importance to have a STUDY PLAN. Knowledge doesn’t find its way into our brains through osmosis, unfortunately, so we have no choice but to put in a little effort ourselves. Take notes, highlight important concepts, create colourful tables… or even make up songs to help you remember certain points! Choose and use whichever method helps you achieve the results you’re after!

Let’s talk about MEMORISING information. This can be a practical and useful tool, we have all done it at some point, but one thing to take into account is to NEVER memorise something you haven’t fully understood. The reason you are about to put all this effort into studying is to LEARN from it; understanding a given topic is the key to fluid and confident COMMUNICATION.

REVISE past topics from time to time. Keeping information fresh in your mind will allow you to advance rapidly and to mentally organise all you have learnt.

Revision

GET ORGANISED: Someone who is well organised it ten times more likely to achieve their goals than someone who is all over the place. A routine won’t only map-out your timetable and study rhythm, but it will also help you make the most of your free time, just for you!
In the words of In Ben Franklin, “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today”.

GET STUCK IN! If you have doubts, ask! If you don’t know your classmates well, introduce yourself! If you want to share your experience and knowledge with them, just do it!

TAKING PART = COMMUNICATING: the ultimate goal for any language learner.

Communication

Seize the day and get going! It’s never too late 🙂

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