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16 February 2017
Studying English in England is an exciting opportunity, but the most successful students have a few key skills in common that they put to good use:
To make the most of your course you’ll need to make sure you’re making the best use of your time, especially if you’re studying on a short course. As well as making sure you arrive on time to your classes you’ll need to make sure you allow enough time in the evening for the regular homework we assign. As a visitor to the UK we’re sure you’d like to take time to see the sights in your city, and planning sightseeing tours around your study and lessons can make for a fantastically educational experience.
Structured lessons are great at engaging you and keeping your attention. However, it can be much harder in the evenings and at weekends but this is essential if you want to excel in English. Setting yourself realistic daily, weekly and monthly goals can help you to keep your learning on track.
Studying English in the UK gives you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in English language and culture for a truly transformational experience. Make sure that you have plenty of reading and listening materials. Books, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, radio and music are all easily accessible and enjoyable ways of surrounding yourself in English. Practising your spoken English is also a great way to improve your fluency. You’ll have lots of opportunities to speak to your host family or students and teachers in your school. Be sure to check out our weekly social programmes to give you even more opportunities in which to practise your developing skills.
Taking clear and concise notes helps you stay organised and makes revising or recapping topics and concepts easy to do. Taking notes during lessons can be hard at first but is worth working at. Find a method that works for you and always be sure to recap your notes after your lessons to make sure that everything makes sense while the lesson is still fresh in your mind. Always make sure to make constructive use of your notes, whether you make your notes into flash cards, use them to create revision packs or write them up into a learning diary.
Never be afraid to ask questions. English is a complex language and your teacher is always happy to provide more clarification or examples on a topic. The likelihood is that if you have a question, one of your classmates is wondering the same thing.
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