Have you ever heard: «you don’t need to study the language in advance, if you travel to the country where it is spoken you will learn on your own» or «get to fluency with this 100-hour course» or even, «great intensive courses to speak like a native speaker» The marketing is incredible, headlines which promise to learn in a short time and with almost no effort, but which surely you already know they don’t always work out.
As a language teacher, I have heard from many students with similar stories, talking about courses, experiences, and assumptions they had before they started on this beautiful but also difficult path towards learning a new language. So if you have already started to study a language you will have realized that there is neither a miracle recipe nor a unique and incredible technique. Then, how can we achieve such wanted fluency? Well, my answer will always be: through study, perseverance, dedication, and, above all, organization.
However, the years as a student are already far behind us, and getting back into the study rhythm can become complicated after a few years. I call this the rusty student, a student who probably feels like sitting down to study but just can’t remember how to start. So, this is why I decided to share with you some tips on how to get organized and start studying Spanish like an expert student.
How can I organize MY studies?
Follow a study plan.
Keeping a study plan may sound quite boring or difficult to follow, but if you think about it, it is not that complicated and after organizing your studies it is likely to be easier and the language acquisition will definitely be faster. It all depends on the variety of activities you do, the constancy and discipline you have. The best study plan has to include the activities you are going to do and when will you do them, what materials will you need, and when to review the vocabulary you have learned. With these sections, your study schedule should be complete and by following it regularly enough your study habit will start to develop.
How to start?
Prioritize the most important thing to learn for you.
I have students who want to learn Spanish related to their jobs, or because they have family members living in Hispanic countries, or even because they want to travel and be able to speak a little more with the local people, and each one of these reasons has different priorities. To the person who is going to work in a Hispanic country might be more relevant to learn some vocabulary related to business presentations or formal letter writing, while the person who is going on vacation needs to be able to communicate in completely different situations. Both reasons have certain characteristics and have to be considered and prioritized according to relevance.
How long will it take me?
It totally depends on your goals with the language.
Organize your time in small study sessions. I recommend that if you don’t have that much time to study, it is better to do it for 20 or 30 minutes a day and not for several hours. No matter if your sessions are short, but it is important that you do them more than two or three times a week and without putting them aside.
How to stay motivated?
Make it fun!
Look to keep your study sessions short, varied and fun. Making every day the same thing is boring, but if you do different activities every day to study Spanish and they are related to your interests, step by step you will pick up and speak Spanish without even realizing it. Check out games to learn Spanish online.
how to follow a study plan?
A PLANNER FOR YOU TO GET STARTED
A planner might be the best solution to get organized. Here you can find different types of organizers; weekly and monthly, both designed to keep you organized and motivated in your study sessions. You can download it for free and if you want to make some kind of donation to my work it is totally voluntary. I hope it helps you a lot and don’t forget to write to me if it is really helping you or not.
What does the agenda contain? I have tried to include the typical sections of my agendas to study and I also included some infographics and games for you to practice Spanish with your friends.
– 3 Weekly schedules
– 1 Yearly calendar
– 6 Monthly planners
– 5 Monthly study plans
– 5 Weekly organizers
– 2 To-do list
– 8 Infographics with Spanish grammar
– 2 Board games in Spanish
– 1 Set of cut-out messages
What do you think? Will you try some of these tips?
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Abrazos y hasta pronto