Creating a Study Routine
I often answer this question with a vague answer. Something like “It depends on the person”. This is true. But there is more we can talk about.
Step 1: Make it Regular
- Study every day (1 hour best) = 15 days a year
- Make one place for your study (but don’t be afraid to leave it sometimes)
- Choose morning or evening
- No one has free time – make time!
- Be realistic – don’t pick 1 hour if you can’t stick to it
Step 2: What to Study?
Creating the study routine is the first step, but it will be hard to follow if you don’t have a plan of what to study
Cover all the key skills – speaking, listening, reading, writing
(vocabulary and grammar can be studied along with each skill)
- 15 minutes of reading – note down new vocabulary and grammar
- 15 minutes of listening and focusing on the language
- 15 minutes make some example sentences with the new words/grammar
- 15 minutes flashcards studying those words
- Also, 1 or 2 days a week of speaking practice with an online teacher
Adapt the routine (don’t study writing if you don’t need it)
It should be fun.
Step 3: Integrate English Into Your Life
Now that you have created your study time and routine, you can take it one step further.
- listen to English podcasts while driving to work.
- write all your ‘To Do’ lists in English, instead of your native language
listen to English music more often
- change your phone or social media language settings to English
Get creative and see how much English you can add to your life!
Problem: I Feel Like I’m Not Improving
Don’t worry – this is normal.
- Don’t compare yourself to others
- Review your old English notes or audio
Even though it might feel like you’re not improving, keep going! Language learning is a series of ups and downs – the next ‘up’ is just around the corner.