Irregular Verbs & Vocabulary
- Most teachers will probably not tell or remind you very often to learn them the 'Irregular Verbs'.
So, it is definitely a good idea to learn and repeat them at regular intervals, not only to make sure
that you will be prepared for any upcoming or unannounced test, they are requird knowledge for
almost any test written in English.
TIP: learning 5 verbs a week is better than 20 or more in 1-2 days (i.e. in preparation for a test).
The same is true for your vocabularies. - By the way, it is also a good idea to learn new vocabulary with the beginning of a new Unit/Chapter in the book.
You are always nervous before a test?!
That's normal, some nervousness is always part of or a byproduct of uncertainty before a test. Nevertheless, this may also prevent you from making unnecessary mistakes. If your nervousness should be more than usual, this may be a sign of you, not being prepared enough (ready) for a test yet! That's at least what my personal experience has shown me. So, just review the topics again that have given you a hard time during studies.
Preparing for a test ...
Awful!, all this stress before tests all the time. Math and German this week, next week, English is coming up! Oh my god!, how should I get ready for all these tests? - Little tip with oftentimes big impact: Just start your studies early, instead of starting 2-3 days before a test. This will lead to less stress overall and you will also have more time to learn and review/repeat the stuff. By the way, less stressful learning helps to improve reception (to pick-up things) and remembering!
From my experience I can tell, that anxiety and worries about tests will become less, if you really know (by heart) and have understood the things to be learned. For example, if you know all vocabularies without even being asked about them. Now, this kind of study is not really necessary all the time and I have to admit that it's hard to reach this level of memorialization, but it is certainly doable. - Just for you to get the idea, you know. ; )
Learning languages should...
- BE FUN
- BE ASSOCIATED WITH A CERTAIN EASINESS
- BE ASSOCIATED WITH A LOT OF SPEAKING AND UNDERSTANDING, BEFORE THE GRAMMAR
- SHOULD BE ADJUSTED TO THE INDIVIDUAL LEARNER AS EVERY LEARNER IS DIFFERENT
Things to know!
'What you don't use, you lose!'
What does that sentence mean?
How does learning actually work? - Not so complicated as you may think!
Easily said, your brain is made up of 2 important parts, the 'short -and long-term memory'.
it eliminates unimportant things (process already happens during a lesson).
Means, if something (only part of a lesson) being discussed is very interesting to you, this will in turn be easier to remember or recall compared to other things.
The things you liked most will be transfered to your 'short-term memory
'finally there, it will only be available for a rather short time. - In other words, it's like a short-term parking. ; )
If those things (topics, vocabulary etc ..) will be constantly or regularly repeated (recalled), they will then automatically be transfered to your 'long-term memory'.
'finally there, it will usually stay for quite a long time if not forever'
Step '3' is also the reason why repetitions are or can be so important. They can really simplify the entire learning process.
In other words ...
'What you don't use, you lose!'