Study Tips for ESL Students
Studying English as a second language, like any new language, is a challenge. The motivation is the huge benefits that come with learning the language, personally and professionally. For those who are looking to study English as a second language, the following are some study tips you can use that making any language learning that bit easier.
Prepare In Advance
Prepare yourself before taking off on your study abroad adventure. Ask questions, review your host country and create mental images of maps before you leave. Change negative thoughts into more positive thoughts and practice your calming techniques. Have a great attitude to your experience for better transition. This way you can concentrate on your learning as you have prepared yourself to adapt already.
Use Verbal/Visual Tools For Quicker Learning
Just like a child learns to read with pictures and talking, you too can learn English this way. Using flashcards and images are great ways of learning new words and have a better chance of sticking in your head for you to remember. Ready study guides, go to the library and look at picture books or kids’ books. Remember, don’t feel silly about going back to the basics, as images and pictures with words are great tools that help you learn quicker than reading books that only contain text.
Create Mental Images
Visualizing things in your mind and creating mental images can help you to remember the words better. Look at the word carefully and study it before mentally cataloguing in your mind. So the next time you see that word written you know exactly what it says and means.
Practice, Practice, Practice
No matter how much you learn, you won’t be able to remember any of it if you don’t practice it. As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’, so it is important to always go over your words and their meaning time and time again. Try to speak in English as much as you can and expose yourself to English speakers to improve your speaking skills.