I was never a very good student, strangely though I loved learning…

but I hated sitting down and reading about the theoretical process of how acomplishing something worked. I always thought that I just wasn’t really a “learner” since I would get confused easily when I would read explanations about how to do things. However something remarkable (at least for me) and enlightening happened when I started discovering something by applying it, or trying it, or just solving it. I was able to figure things out much easier, and actually something that might seem strange is that once I would fix or solve something going back to the explanations actually wasn’t that tedious and ended up being more effective. This applied to everything educational and even practical, when I would get a nee product I’d first tinker around with it or install it, then once I had a conceptual idea of it I would go back to reading the manual or explanation. I still don’t read all the explanations but something I do is kind of speed read it, mentally creating bullet points. When I glance over something that I feel is relevant I spend a bit more time there. This applies perfectly to a language…I always use this principle with our clients first start speaking basic words and phrases, then theory and grammar. Most people make the mistake of first learning grammar, and buying books. Take a course where what you’re doing is speaking, especially if it’s “targeted speaking”. In a language, application is the key to success. If you can’t relate what you’re learning to anything then it’s information that you’re ingesting but not assimilating, thus…completely useless, and boring.


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