Study tip: find your ‘why’
3 Apr, 2018|
by Rachel Radford|
Picking up a second language is TOUGH. Learning a whole new vocabulary and remembering how to use it can seem impossible at the very beginning. Going to class, let alone finding time to study is already a push in our busy lives. We get it, don’t worry, we’re humans too.
We start our day, go to work or mind the kids, make dinner in the evening, sleep and repeat until the weekend – then it’s chores, socialising and before we know it Monday comes knocking. Where did that motivation and time for study go?
The answer is: you don’t find time, you make time. You’re probably thinking it’s easier said than done, and you’re probably right. But that’s why you have to find your WHY.
What is your motivation for learning the language?
- Are you preparing for future travels?
- Always wanted to explore your family’s roots?
- Looking to broaden your employment horizons?
- Want to strengthen a cross-cultural friendship?
- Moving to another country?
- Want a cultural edge?
These are just a few of the integrative and instrumental learning motivations that students share with us in class.
A general interest sometimes isn’t enough to reach your language goals.
It’s important to really define your ‘why’ and understand it to maintain the commitment. Ensure its somewhere visible: write it on your study notebook, pin it on your bathroom mirror or set it as your phone screensaver. Allow yourself to be reminded why you are learning the language, and you will naturally start making the time to study.
In moments when you are struggling, your ‘why’ will pull you through; and at times when you are feeling good, it will push you to excel.
Picking up a second language is tough, but it CAN be done if you understand your motivation.
We believe in each and every one of you and we want you to succeed in reaching your language goals.
If you need help with any aspect of your learning, get in touch today via email, or call us on (07) 5578 6838 and let’s have a chat about keeping you on track.