Top Tips for Studying English When You’re Tired

Perhaps you’ve got a full-time job and study English as a hobby, or you’re a student with a million-and-one things to do and don’t know when you’re going to fit in your study time. If you’re struggling to find the energy to keep up your English studies, read our top tips.

1. Take Care of Yourself First

Before English needs, check your human needs. Are you thirsty? Hungry? Do you need a shower? Take a few minutes to refresh yourself in these basic ways and you’ll be sure to have more energy when it comes to studying.

2. Set the Right Goals

Set yourself small goals. If you know you need to do 30 minutes of study but the goal seems impossible, set the timer for just 10 minutes. After that, do another ten. And another. Breaking up your study into more manageable chunks will make it easier to finish.

3. Location, Location, Location

Find a good place to study. If you’ve got laundry all over your bed and dishes piling up on the table, it won’t make for a good environment for studying. A clear working space is crucial for effective working space. Go sit in a cafe or public library, or ask a tidy friend if you can use their study for a while.

4. Every Little Bit Counts

If you literally don’t have the time to open your hefty textbook, don’t give up on English altogether just because you’re too busy this week. Switch some of your daily tasks to include a bit of language practice. Write your weekly shopping list in English instead of your native tongue. Listen to English songs or audiobooks as you walk to work. If you’re reading a recipe, translate it into English in your head as you go. There are countless opportunities to practice English if you think creatively.

About the Author

Celia Jenkins is a TEFL teacher and freelance writer living in the UK. She spent five years teaching English in China and Japan and now teaches Skype lessons to students around the world. She writes pedagogical articles, travel guides, and stories for children.


Related Posts

English Conversation Starters

English Conversation StartersDo you want to speak in English but you don’t know how to get started? You’ve made the connections, but it can be difficult to actually start the conversation. Making what is called “small talk” is an excellent way to improve your English because it gets you used to everyday conservations in an informal way. […]

READ MORE →

English Learning Tips for Advanced Students

English Learning Tips for Advanced StudentsOnce you get to an advanced level it can be tempting to just skate along. After all, at this level, your English is probably very good and you understand grammar in a way that most native speakers can’t match. But even at this stage, there is still a lot to learn. 1. Focus on the […]

READ MORE →

ESL Learning Tips for Intermediate Learners

ESL Learning Tips for Intermediate LearnersOnce you’ve moved up to an Intermediate English level, this is where the complexity of the language becomes clear. At this stage of your learning, you need more advanced strategies to help you overcome your more complicated learning issues. Talk to native speakers. Chances are that you will start learning English from someone who speaks […]

READ MORE →