Do you know that asking yourself only 3 simple questions can help you a lot when you are learning English or if you want to start learning almost anything?
Today I am going to share with you these 3 questions which … yes… I also use myself. It works for me and I hope it may work for you as well. At least read, see and try.
1. Why should I learn it?
Ask yourself why you want to learn English. Identify why you will need it. Find your reason. You must have a good reason and you must know why you want to learn it.
I see many students who start learning the language but when topics and tasks become more challenging they just quit. The reason? Well, of course, they never say they stopped everything because things became more challenging requiring more hard from them. They just say they suddenly … yes OMG suddenly they have got too many more important things to do.
But I know the reason. And the reason is that they do not know why they want to learn the language. Therefore, know why you are learning English. Not only English but everything… Every time you want to start something new, ask yourself “Why am I learning it?” or “Why do I need it?”
Let me help you a little bit more practically. Some of the reasons for you to learn English can be as follow:
You want to:
- Mmmm… why should I learn English?
2. How can I use it in real life now?
Now after you have identified exactly why you want to learn English, ask yourself how you can use your knowledge in real life. Create yourself a situation where you can learn something new and practise it almost immediately.
Remember what Chinese proverb says?
Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I will remember. Make me do it, I will learn.
So do it. Learn and practise. Learn and practise. You will learn much better and progress much faster. Now you may be wondering how you can practise what you learn.
Let me help you with practical tips.
In order to practise what you learn, you can
3. Can I explain it to others in 3 sentences?
This is the next question you should ask yourself and your answer should be “Yes, I can explain it without any hesitation”.
When I say 3 sentences I do not mean you should literally use 3 sentences only. The idea here is to be able to explain the learnt-topic in the shortest, easiest and simplest way to someone else. For example, when I was just learning English I did not know the difference between Present Perfect and Past Simple.
I read about Present Perfect and Past Simple a lot. I did a lot of exercises. I used them in my speech, in my writing and so on. I wondered a lot. I asked my teachers, friends a lot of questions. I made a lot of mistakes. At the end, I finally understood. And I was happy. When I was happy I asked myself “Man … can you explain the difference between Past Simple and Present Perfect to others in the shortest, easiest and simplest form?
And my answer was “Yes I can”. I explained it to a lot of my friends and students. That way I learnt very well. I mean really well.
Bottom line: If you can explain it easily, you learnt it well.
My bonus!I know I wrote 3 questions on my post title but you know I love you very much and so I have prepared one more extra question as a bonus. Let’s go!
4. What do I already know about it?
Ask yourself what you already know about the topic. If you think that the topic is a brand new for you, make a research. Google it!
Learn something about it. Have a picture about the topic. Yeah, maybe you will have only abstract and vague understanding of the topic. However, remember you can ask your teacher your questions and get down to all the details.
Bottom line: Be prepared in advance. Be always curious.