The Best Way to Learn is to Teach

There is a quote that says, “If you want to master something, teach it.” Learning is great. By now you know a lot about how to learn and different ways and things you can do to help you remember English. Here’s one more: teach it.

Don’t for a second think you aren’t good enough. Here are some ways you can teach what you know in order to truly master it:

  • If you understand something, actively help your classmates in class.
  • Find someone younger than you/at a lower level than you and teach them something they don’t know or correct them.
  • Join a speaking club and give suggestions to your speaking partners.
  • Join an online learning English page or group and share your knowledge by commenting frequently.
  • Tell a friend who is also learning English about a new phrase you learned and how to use it.

It only makes sense that you will work harder to understand and be more aware of the material you are teaching, whether you know it or not. You will be forced to really dig into the “why” behind whatever you are teaching and use it yourself until it becomes completely natural.

What’s more, you will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when you see your “students” succeed, even if it is something as simple as using a new word you showed them. Become a teacher in your own way and don’t be afraid to do it. It only brings benefit to both you and the person you are helping.

Are you looking for more learning tips? Make sure to visit our Language Learning Tips blog. Or are you a teacher? Check out our teaching tips here.

About the Author

Yvette Smith has been an educator for the past six years. Her speciality is ESL and has taught students of all ages in China, Mexico, and Vietnam.

 


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