Habits are an important part of any learning process.
If we want to change what we learn, how we learn, how much we learn or how quickly we learn, we also need to change what we are doing now. And change always means we have to form a new habit.
A habit is something we do often without thinking.
So, for example, I clean my teeth twice a day, when I get up and before I go to bed. I don’t think about this too much. I just do it. It is a habit.
If my dentist says to me ‘hey Victoria, your teeth look really bad, I think it’s a good idea to floss too,’ then I need to change my habit. So I would clean my teeth AND floss them.
It’s the same with language learning.
I studied German once or twice a week. One day, my teacher said to me ‘hey Victoria, your German would be so much better if you knew some more vocabulary.’ I thought ‘ok I do want my German to improve, so how can I learn some more vocabulary?’ After that I decided to keep a vocabulary book and learn five words a day for the rest of the year.
I love new habits, because forming a new habit feels great. Why?
- When you have a new habit, you can see the positive changes in your life.
- You see the amazing things you can do when you practice.
When you see these two things, you always feel more confident.
…The thing is: forming new habits can be hard. In the beginning, you might want to give up.
This is where I want to help you.
I have five top tips about forming new habits.
Look at a new tip every day and think about how you can use them.
And be slow. Sometimes if you do things too quickly, your brain panics and you remember nothing at all.
If a tip doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. Ignore it and read the next one.
Plus, if you have any tips, please share them in the comments. We are all learners and the best way to learn is from each other. I look forward to hearing from you!