Learning through mobile apps
Nowadays, we spend a lot of time on mobile phones. Instead of playing games, surfing facebook too much, why not take advantage to learn English? With just a smartphone in hand, you can study anywhere, anytime with pre-installed apps. Currently, there are many English learning programs at different levels, please refer and choose for yourself the most suitable application.
If you study English online, you will face the temptation of the Internet. You cannot leave the computer or turn off the Internet when learning English online. Therefore, this is an element of distraction that can only be eliminated by your self-discipline. If you want to get the best results when learning English online, make sure you DO NOT OPEN ANY PROGRAM OTHER than your English learning program.
Take 5 minutes to list ALL of the factors that you find distracting when learning English (internal and external). Continue to list all the things you need to do to eliminate these factors. Apply to the next class. You’ll find yourself focusing easier, longer, and more receptive. Not only learning English, you can apply the above to focus on completing any task.
Avoid negative thoughts
You find this lesson difficult to understand, has a lot of vocabulary, is difficult to pronounce, or learns forever to remember… those are the negative thoughts that easily knock you down. Or when you are studying, there are images in your mind of friends, work… Those thoughts are not easy to get rid of, but you can use the following ways: Replace your negative thoughts. you with positive thoughts such as: I will definitely do it, this article is very interesting…You can also keep a notebook with you, if any thoughts appear you write in that notebook and Return to the lesson as soon as you have solved it.
In addition to the external distractions, you must also eliminate the factors that occur within your thoughts. The most common factors are: You often have negative thoughts when studying such as “I hate learning English”, “It’s too hard, how can I learn it.” You think about other things, or other ideas that arise while you study. For example, while studying, I think of a new idea for a project at the company, tomorrow I have to go to the supermarket to buy XYZ, this weekend I know where to take my lover…
Distracting thoughts are more frequent and harder to get rid of than external factors. However, as long as you practice mastering your thoughts and emotions, things will improve. You can do the following tips:
- Instead of complaining or worrying, replace your negative thoughts with positive ones. For example: “I know English is difficult but I will do the best in today’s class”, “I don’t like English but I will be determined to learn to … (you can fill it out yourself)”.
- You can keep a notebook or draft next to you. When you are studying, if you have any ideas that come to mind, just write them down in this notebook.
Split study time
The longer the study time, the more frustrated you feel, lose your mind and not absorb much knowledge. So instead of studying for 1-2 hours a day, break each study time into about 20-30 minutes and what you need to do is focus as much as you can during this time. After studying, you are free to do other things.
You can clearly divide the time for each day, the sessions of the day only need to spend about 20 minutes to practice listening, speaking or writing skills for yourself. Make a habit to maintain learning English, so you will not be bored when studying. The longer the study period, the heavier you will feel and the easier it will be to lose focus. You will feel overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge loaded. You will start to strain your eyes from studying for too long, especially on the computer.
Like meals, if you eat a lot of dishes in one meal, your stomach will feel heavy and difficult to digest. Similarly, if your mind is filled with too much knowledge at once, you will feel “overeaten” and sooner or later you will become bored and lack motivation to continue learning.
Therefore, dividing your time to learn English will bring maximum efficiency for you. Learning a little vocabulary every day but remembering it for a long time is better than learning a lot of words in one day and forgetting what you have learned a short time later.
Choose the right time to study
Surely you will not study effectively when you feel tired, lack of alertness. It’s very simple, ask yourself: “What time of the day do you learn best” and arrange all your chores to spend time learning English.
Scientists suggest that the best time to learn a foreign language is in the morning. Because, after a night of rest, the human brain can absorb the most effective amount of knowledge. When you have chosen the right time, prioritize your studies first and then your other jobs.
It will be difficult for you to concentrate when you feel tired. Choose the time when you feel most alert and alert to learn English. Determining this is easy. Just ask yourself, “What time of day do you feel you are most receptive? When do you feel you have the most energy and are most ready to learn?
The timing of learning English affects learning outcomes. For example, at noon, at that time people become tired, want to rest, but you can’t learn again. Therefore, arrange a reasonable time for studying and according to scientists, the best time to learn a foreign language is in the morning. Because after a night of rest, your brain can “absorb” the best amount of knowledge.
Prepare all study materials before sitting at the desk
You should prepare the tools to support your learning in advance such as: headphones, photo pages, books, pens… Avoid the case that you sit at the desk for a few minutes to remember that you forgot to hold the dictionary. …and run to get it. Thus, in general, you have interrupted your studies, and at the same time made you lose your center and lose time. It’s best to have everything ready and not leave the table during the study time to focus the most.
Preparing all school supplies before studying will make your learning process uninterrupted, when you are ready to learn, you must concentrate intensely without missing any supplies.
You can also lose focus if you are learning a little, have to run to find a dictionary, study a little more and have to run to change a new pen, etc. Therefore, prepare all the necessary items to be sure. that you don’t have to stop learning halfway to find them.
Entertainment through English
Gaming: You may be a bit surprised by this method, but many foreign language learners share that they know most of the vocabulary and grammar by playing video games. First, there are games whose display language is in English, so to be able to play it requires you to read and understand it. Not only that, playing games requires speed, so you will practice quick reflexes. For those who just want to play and still be good at English, this is a quite suitable method. However, you should determine that this is only an auxiliary method, consider time and choose games designed specifically for learning English.
Listen to your favorite songs: There are vocabulary, grammatical structures, etc., although repeated by the teacher many times during the learning process, you can forget it after folding the book. Meanwhile, when going out on the street, suddenly you hear a certain melody and remember it immediately. Why so? Music always makes you excited to learn English. We often tend to memorize, learn the meaning and translation of our favorite songs. Isn’t that also learning English?
Take time to watch movies: There are many good movies with bilingual subtitles to help you learn English easily. If you study by this method, you need to pay attention to choose a movie that is suitable for your level and interests. Don’t forget to bring a small notebook to record some important structures and vocabulary. You should also imitate the characters in the movie to practice expressions and intonation while communicating!
Translating thoughts into English: For example, instead of thinking “I want to sleep,” think “I want to sleep” in your mind. Just like that, your ability to memorize, use words and communicate reflexes will quickly increase because you always create for yourself an environment to practice English every day.
First, find yourself a quiet place to study. Noise is the most distracting factor when studying. You will also not be able to concentrate fully when studying but on the study table there are always phones, computers with Facebook open, music players, stories…
If those things don’t help you learn English, then put them aside. Imagine you are studying for about 1 minute when the phone rings, or suddenly there is a message from Facebook and you want to reply immediately, … then you will certainly not be able to focus on your studies. So, make a habit of sitting at the desk to study, then put away unnecessary things.
Thoroughly eliminate all distractions. First, choose a quiet place to study. Noise is the most common distraction. Next, get rid of distracting objects near your school: televisions, music players, cell phones, comic books, etc.
Too hot or too cold can also distract you. So choose a cool place to study. You may also be distracted by others while studying. Therefore, before studying, you can inform those around you that you will spend the next 30 minutes studying English and ask them not to bother you.
Noise, phone, computer open facebook, music player … are factors that distract you when studying. Therefore, you must first choose for yourself an ideal study location, really quiet and focus on studying.
Build a “waiting list” while self-studying English
Our brain is very magical, it has the ability to “jump” from one problem to another. That’s why you sit down to learn English, but you reply to Facebook messages and “stick” with the Facebook guy for an hour. When setting a goal: self-study English from 8 am to 9 am – that time you are only allowed to do things related to English (such as: listen to music, listen to podcasts, watch movies, play English games …) . If you suddenly remember something unresolved, write it down on a draft or a sticky note and then return to the main task. Do the same for notifications that suddenly jump out of the middle of the screen, messages that come from the phone or someone’s request…
Those jotted down drafts/notes are the “waiting lists”. You will actively solve the work on it after completing the process of self-studying English.
Avoid studying and doing different things at the same time
The world’s leading scientists have shown that “only 2% of people in the world can focus on 2 things at the same time”. Unless you think you’re in this 2%, you can only focus 100% on one thing. Therefore, you should not study English while dealing with other jobs, or eating and drinking. Leave those jobs behind, wait until you finish studying, then do it.
We still admire the heroes who do up to five things at once: listen to the phone, put money in the counter with the right hand, keep an eye on the computer screen to update information… In fact, the efficiency of the work. their jobs are not high. You are only most productive when you focus on one thing at a time.
You think you can learn English by yourself through Youtube and reply to messages on Facebook. However, that is not possible. Because you will be pulled right into the stream of interesting information on Facebook and forget your main job “self-study English”.
Make the habit of “focusing on only one thing in a certain amount of time” into your work criteria!