How to Improve Your English-Part 4

#4 Figure Out What Kind of Learner You Are

There are people who dedicate their lives to studying this kind of stuff. I didn’t. However, even I know that not everyone learns the same way. What works for one person, does not necessarily work for another. What follows is an extremely basic description of common learner types.

The Listener: This kind of person learns best by hearing. They are often talented musicians, remember song lyrics easily, or can easily remember what was said in past conversations.

The Reader: This kind of person learns best by reading and writing. Making lists and repetitive copying of words and phrases will help this student learn most effectively.

The Doer: This kind of person learns best by physically doing something that requires use of the foreign language. Puzzles, games, sports. So long as this person is touching something then they acquire the new language pretty easily.

The Watcher: This kind of person learns best by images. Seeing a picture…or movie…will have the biggest effect on this kind of learner.

Everyone is a little bit of all four, but there is one type that is more than the rest. Here’s what I mean:

I am mostly a Watcher. Then, a Reader, Then a Doer, and lastly a Listener.

So for me…flashcards with pictures are the most effective way of studying. I can see “see” the picture in my head and remember the word or phrase. I am really bad at remembering what people said. Even in English!!! So, I know that listening to audio tapes is not a great way for me to study. For other people, books-on-tape or audio recording may be the best. It just depends on your style.

So, if you really want to improve your English figure out what kind of learner you are. There are lots of resources for this online. And then seek out materials and lessons that fit your style.

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