10 Tips to Stay Motivated while learning English
Are you struggling to stay motivated while learning English? Learning English is not something that can be achieved in the blink of an eye. Many people want to learn English as quickly as possible, but in truth, it takes a long time and lots of hard work to become fluent.
Because of this, there can be many times when we feel like giving up! But don’t give up just yet!
Have a look at these 10 tips to help you stay motivated when you are learning English.
1 - Always remember WHY you decided to learn English
When you feel like you are losing momentum and want to give up, think about what made you want to learn English in the first place.
Was it for a job promotion? For a Summer in another country? Or just as a way to up-skill? Whatever the reason, remind yourself of this to stay motivated.
2 - Set realistic goals to stay motivated
There is no point in saying you want to be fluent in English in three months. That is almost impossible if you are just starting out learning English. Make your goals realistic.
For example; your long-term goal could be to become a proficient English speaker in one year. Your short-term goals could be to be able to hold a conversation for five minutes in three months’ time, or even to be able to write a few sentences in two months’ time.
Keep it achievable! As you reach these goals, you will become even more motivated and stay motivated too!
3 - Choose material that suits your ability
By this, we mean don’t choose a novel that is far too difficult for you to understand, as you will probably learn nothing and it will only demotivate you.
Similarly, if you use material that is too easy, you will become bored. Aim to use material and resources that you understand parts of, but need to work out other parts of!
4 - Don’t worry about making mistakes
If we don’t make mistakes, then how can we learn? It’s good to make mistakes!
This way, we will be able to identify and understand what we did incorrectly, and change it so the next time we perhaps will be correct!
5 - Use lots of variety to stay motivated
If you just use textbooks and workbooks, you will easily become bored. Try to use a variety of resources for learning.
You could also read short English stories or magazines, listen to English music, podcasts or audiobooks, or watch English TV programs or movies to keep your learning fun and interesting!
This is a sure way to stay motivated!
6 - Keep track of your progress
There are many benefits to doing this. It will give you great satisfaction and encouragement to see all that you have achieved.
It is also very handy for when you want to review your work!
7 - Get involved with other people to stay motivated
This could be one-on-one or a group of like-minded people who have similar goals to you. It can be hard to stay motivated when you are learning by yourself. Think about if you say you will go to the gym every day. Then one day, you feel lazy and don’t want to go. You have a gym buddy that pushes you to join them and keep you going!
It’s the same for learning English. On days when you just want to give up, your friend will give you that well-needed boost!
8 - Don’t compare yourself to others
This seems like an obvious one that your Mom or Dad may have told you. Everyone is different! Some people are talented artists but not great at sports, while others are amazing football players but poor in Math.
Everyone learns at a different pace, and people put different amounts of effort into their work; so, don’t be disheartened if someone is at a more advanced level than you.
Keep going, you will get there too!
9 - If you have a bad day, don’t give up
Some days of practicing English can go really well, while others can be just awful!
The main thing to remember is; don’t give up! If you’re having a bad day with learning, take a step back and don’t be so hard on yourself!
Go for a walk, take a nice bath or watch a funny movie, and come back the next day, motivated and ready to learn!
10 - Celebrate your success
You will have set lots of short-term goals along the path to becoming a proficient English speaker. When you set targets and reach them, give yourself credit for the hard work you put in! Go for a nice coffee or buy yourself something that you like.
Rewarding yourself when you meet your objectives will help you to stay motivated. It will remind you that working hard = meeting your goal, and you will then be motivated to continue on that journey to your long-term goal.
Which is your favourite way to stay motivated?
Did you find these tips useful?
If you are struggling with your learning methods or are just having a bad day in general, try to remember these tips to keep you on track and help you stay motivated so that you will reach your goal. Good luck!
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