The most valuable advice is not to turn learning English into chore. If you have already decided to learn English, do it with pleasure, make it your interesting hobby. There are a lot of methods to improve your level of English, but everything depends on you. Only you can select the most suitable for you. Read below some tips for you.
Learning is a also a skill
Improve your learning skills
To prepare effectively you need to know:
# your capacity to learn;
# processes you have successfully used in the past;
# your interest, and knowledge of what you wish to learn.
To be confident in things you do, you’d better have a definite goal. In another case you will become frustrated and give up.
Try to make clear for yourself:
Why do you need to learn English?
Where will you use English?
What skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) do you need to improve?
When do you want to see results?
How much time and money can you afford to devote to learning English?
Do you have a plan or learning strategy?
Set yourself achievable goals
The best way is to study every day by little portions. It is better than studying the entire day once or twice a month. Even every weekend studying is not enough to show good, long-term results. Taking a short intensive course could be more effective than a course that takes place once a week for several months.
There are several types of learners. Try to define what type of learner you are. It will help you to make effective learning strategies.
The visual learner
- you understand better when you see a teacher during lessons
- you prefer to sit at the front of the classroom
- you think in pictures; seeing visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flipcharts and hand-outs, is the best way to understand and remember the material
- you prefer to take detailed notes (during a lecture or classroom discussion) to absorb the information
Perhaps, taking part in traditional English lessons will be good for you. Maybe private lessons would be better.
The auditory learner
- you learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening
- you interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances
- written information have little meaning until you hear it
Perhaps, you will benefit from listening to the radio or listening to text as you read it. You could try reading text aloud and using a tape recorder to play it back to yourself.
The Tactile/Kinesthetic learner
- you learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around you
- you find it hard to sit still for long periods
- you become distracted easily
Perhaps, you will benefit from taking an active part in role plays or drama activities.
Other English Learning Tips
1. Travel to an English speaking country
2. Take an English speaking tour or activity holiday.
3. Spend your time on things that interest you. If you like cooking, then buy an English-language cookbook or find recipes on the net and practice following the recipes.
4. Keep something English with you (book, newspaper or magazine, cd or cassette, set of flashcards), you never know when you might have 5 spare minutes.
5. If you are too tired to actively practice just relax and listen to an English pop song or talk radio station.