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General Tips On Learning English
Itís important to revise and review regularly. Whether you are studying General English, Business English
or something more academic like IELTS itís important to review a lesson within 24 hours and then again within a week. Good language courses usually build in review sessions but you should be able to do this for yourself.
Talk and write about what you enjoy
Once you have mastered the basics of the English language itís important to practise talking and writing about the things that really interest you. This way you are better able to converse in English using the most typical grammatical constructions and phrases.
Study every day
Itís important to try and get into the habit of studying every day. A good way of going about this is to set out a weekly routine specifying a daily amount of study time that you have to do. This should fit around everything else you do but preferably at a time of day when your brain is at its most receptive. It's better to study for 30 minutes every day than for 3 hours once a week. If you can manage an hour a day, break it up into two sessions of 30 minutes with a short 5 minute break in the middle to keep yourself fresh.
Setting reasonable targets is a good way to motivate yourself. Your teacher will be able to help you do this .You could aim to achieve for a certain level of proficiency for example.
There will be times when learning English seems impossible and that you are not making any progress, whilst at other times you seem to be picking things up easily. These fluctuations are normal when learning a language so don't be discouraged. If you feel like you are making little or no progress, try going over earlier lessons/exercises to see if they're easier now than when you first tried them.
Make it fun!
Find ways to make learning English fun. This could involve on-line learning, songs, stories, jokes and anything else that comes to mind.
Submitted by Saint George International, English School in London