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Top Tips of a Successful English Language Student!

There's no "one fits all" strategy to becoming a successful student of English as a second language. Actually, most students have to practice a lot with different strategies, deadline management and plenty of note taking to find the formula that works best for them. While every student has a different study style, there are a few basics strategies that can help you become a more successful English language student.



In Class


Plan out what you want to learn each week for example, vocabulary areas or topics, then talk to your teacher and they will help you create your study plan.


Every time you read something, pick out a grammar point you do not understand and try to look it up in a self-study grammar book or ask your teacher if you need help.


Come to class! Sounds simple but it can be easy to skip class sometimes, especially when it gets overwhelming. This is when you need to attend class the most, so that you do not fall behind or miss valuable information.


Try to participate as much as possible in group discussions, watch all videos and take notes.


Make use of your teacher and school resources. Ask your teacher for help before an issue becomes complicated or convoluted. Successful students know when to ask for support.


At Home


Make sure to complete all activities and homework before your next class so you have something to talk and write about.


Is there someone you can practise your English with? Even if someone is from the same country as you, you can promise to speak English as much as you can to each other.


Read in English as much as you can and try to find things you are interested in. For example, if you are interested in technology you could read reviews of new gadgets.


Listen to as much English as you can for instance the Radio, the Internet, TV or even people on buses or your host family. Try to understand as much as you can. Take guesses at what is being said.


Why don’t you try watching an English film with subtitles? Watch something you have seen in your language then you’ll know the story.


Practice reading aloud at home for pronunciation practice You could also record yourself onto your phone, then listen to how it sounds. Make time to learn new words. Write words on cards then get someone to test you.