Enthusiasm is an absolute necessity when it comes to learning the English language. It is a key aspect when it comes to making quick progress, however, too much enthusiasm can sometimes be a bad thing and actually create an improper learning environment for students.
Make sure that your will and need to learn don’t hurt your retention rate as it most often happens with students that are too eager to advance. A clear plan is a must before beginning the English learning process as it will help you create a functional schedule that will temper your enthusiasm and allow you to focus on every lesson and actually retain what you are reading.
Speed And Retention Don’t Always Go Hand In Hand
Some people might want to advance quickly and will insist on learning as much grammar as they can, without doing the proper exercises or coupling their grammar learning ability with vocabulary or any other form of English progress. This will make them dysfunctional English speakers at best, as most people that attempt to learn this way generally end up quitting because they can’t handle the work load anymore.
Going the other way and insisting on vocabulary might seem like a good idea at first, however, you will soon find that simply learning English words isn’t going to get you any closer to learning the language. While you will be able to recognize what some English speakers say you will have a hard time formulating sentences or making yourself understood in even the most basic context.
To make a good plan you will first have to know what you want. Find out why you want to learn English and temper your enthusiasm with some real goals. Then you will have to set daily, weekly and monthly goals and make a plan that will allow you to treat all aspects of the English learning process with equal importance. You must also consider your strengths and weaknesses as some students might naturally have an inclination towards learning grammar, while other will manage to get a strong vocabulary without much effort. Create a plan that caters to your individual learning needs.
Remind Yourself Of Your Goals To Stay Motivated
If you find that your motivation is beginning to run low just remind yourself of your greater goals. They might involve a better job situation, the opportunity to travel to an English speaking country, being able to communicate with your significant other in their native language or any number of similar situations.
Another important aspect that should be included in any learning plan is asking questions. Don’t hesitate to ask your tutor, your teacher or to write down certain questions and use the internet or a library to find the answers.
Reviewing what you learn and constantly testing yourself is also a key factor to good retention. Left unused, any skill you gained will eventually be forgotten so make sure to take a test every couple of weeks that goes over everything you studied to that point. If you find that you’re struggling with something go back and look over the material again.