Updated: Apr 4, 2020
Maybe you had to stop your English lessons. Perhaps your business is temporarily closed and have unexpected free time. Could it be you have a new goal? Regardless of the reason, it's wonderful to know you want to use this time to improve your English. Here are some tips on how to get started.
1. HAVE A ROUTINE
First of all, you need a routine. Like what? Get out of bed at a regular time, exercise for a little bit (at least stretch!), jump in the shower, find some clothes that'll make you feel empowered, throw in a little bit of lipstick and hit the books! Assign a specific time for your English studying. Remember, habits pave the road to self-improvement!
2. FOCUS ON A SKILL
There are four skills you can work on: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Design a strategy for each one. Depending on your needs and availability, you could:
a. Assign one skill to each day of the week, and have a day where you combine all.
b. Work on the four skills every weekday, for the same amount of time.
c. Choose the skill you want to improve and make a plan for it.
3. JOIN A COMMUNITY
You can sit down and study all day long, but if at the end of the day you have no one to practice it with, chances are you won't feel your improvement is paying off. Find an online community or a friend and just talk or chat! Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Remember, it's up to you.
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes." John Wooden
These are very difficult times, but one must find the strength to go on. Staying at home doesn't mean hanging out in pajamas all day or look like every day is Sunday morning. Staying at home is an opportunity to be the best version of yourself!
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