Learning a language is hard work. It takes a ton of time and effort, as you probably already. One way of organizing how and when you learn is by creating a schedule to follow. The benefit of doing this is that it holds you responsible, helps you to manage your time, and shows you your progression.
Start by thinking about the times you have available or can make available. Do you take public transportation? Drive a car? Can you wake up 20 minutes earlier each day? Do you have breaks between classes or work? Use all the pockets of time you can and make a schedule for what you will do during that time. Have a look at the following example:
- Drive to work – 3o minutes
- Listen to audiotape
- Coffee break – 15 minutes
- Write in journal
- Lunch break – 10 minutes
- Go over vocabulary
- Use a language learning app
- Evening – 60 minutes
- Class or self-study
- listen to English music
This is an extremely simple schedule, but you can make it as detailed as you want. The point is to be consistent. Do the same thing at the same time every day. You are guaranteed to see improvement over time if you stay dedicated. You can include any activity and make it a routine. For example, read the news in English in the morning or watch an English TV show online before bed.
Even if you aren’t the type to have or follow a set schedule, give it a try. You might just find that some structure works well for you!
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