Studying to improve your English skills can lead to new opportunities, including in your career. However, if you are currently employed or your schedule is busy, then you may wonder if these commitments will slow down your English studies.
Taking English lessons while working or doing other things can be difficult, but if you are serious and you use good time management skills, you can do it. Read on for a few study tips to help you learn English quickly.
1. Practice Good Time Management and Develop Better Study Habits
Organising your time better can help you feel less overwhelmed while studying. To do this, you first need to know how many hours of each day you spend on must-do activities outside of your English lessons, such as work or other study programmes. Then, you can decide how many hours you can study and practice your English each day.
Set aside a time every day that is only for English studies. If possible, schedule these study sessions at the same time each day. Studying at the same time every day will help you build good study habits. If you study English at 11:00 each morning, for example, your mind will become used to thinking of 11:00 am as study time. Also, use a planner to help make organising your time easier.
2. Find an English Language School That Offers Courses Which Fit Your Schedule
Finding an English school that has courses which fit into your schedule can be difficult if you are busy with work or other study programmes. This is especially true if you work irregular hours or do shift work.
Fortunately, there are part-time English lessons available that work with your schedule. For example, at UK College of English, we have Flexible and Fixed Length English courses ranging from 4 to 10 hours per week. Courses are also offered at different times of the day, with the earliest starting at 9:00 and the latest at 18:30. Because our courses are different lengths and start at different times, you should be able to find one that doesn’t get in the way of your busy schedule.
3. Study English in Short Periods of Time in Order to Eliminate Distractions
Studying for hours at a time isn’t always helpful. In fact, short study sessions may be the best way to learn English and avoid distractions. For example, it is difficult to study for four or five hours at once without getting distracted by your smartphone, social media, or television. If you break down your study sessions into short periods of time, then avoiding distractions will feel easier.
For example, start by telling yourself you will study for just 30 minutes without checking your phone. Once the 30 minutes is over, you can reward yourself with a snack or a few minutes of social media. These rewards help you stay motivated. You may find that 30 minutes of distraction-free study is more effective than many hours of studying while you are distracted. You can also choose part-time courses that focus on a specific area of study, such as English vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation. Doing so will help you get the most benefit out of limited study time.
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