4 Basic Strategies to Improve Your English Skills in Your Own Time

Study skills are ways to learn properly and efficiently (without wasting time). During class time, your teacher will help you improve many essential skills. Besides, there are some basis strategies that you can use in your own time to improve your English skills.

 

Probably all students who come to Scots English College will have completed high school education and many will have been to third level education. Yet, the skills that you will need to successfully complete a course in Australia may be different to those you needed to use to be successful in your home country.

 

Study skills are ways to learn properly and efficiently (without wasting time). Effective study skills are very important for students to acquire good grades, and are also useful skills to improve learning throughout your life. During class time, your teacher will help you improve many essential skills such as skimming, prediction, summarising, paraphrasing and understanding different question types that you will need if you wish to study further here in Australia. There are some basis strategies that you can use in your own time to improve your English skills.

 

1. Make English learning a habit

 

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Don’t think of learning English as happening only in the classroom. You can learn English all day, every day by looking at and listening to what is happening around you, on the street, on the bus or train, in the supermarket. Keep your mind, ears and eyes open and you will be amazed how much English, and the culture of the people using it, you will pick up.

 

2. Reading

 

Choose something that you are interested in and read about it. Find books, magazines or newspaper articles that suit your current level of English. You will find new words every time you read, you will start to understand the ‘tone’ of the writer.

 

3. New words

 

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Keep a notebook for new words. Every day, everywhere, you will see new words. When you write them down, you have a record of them that you can use again. Set are target for yourself to learn and use 10 or 20 new words every day.

 

4. Speaking

 

Why spend so much time learning English if you are going to keep it to yourself! It is so important to practise your English every time you can. If you are a shy person, then make an agreement with a friend to speak to each other in English for an hour each day.