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Are you working towards an important exam? We're here to help with a series of videos that pick out some top tips for studying and taking exams.

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Exam skills: 5 tips for making learning fun

Learning can be fun!

Believe it or not, learning something new can be fun – it doesn't have to be a struggle if you take the right approach.

Watch this video to find out five top tips to help you make your learning experience fun. Then test your understanding in our quiz.

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Believe it or not, learning something new can be fun – it doesn't have to be a struggle if you take the right approach. Our top tips will help you on your way to making English learning a happy experience…

Don't be haunted by bad memories of learning at school. This is a new learning experience and the end result, of being a confident user of English, will have great benefits. That's what this student discovered…

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When I began learning English as an adult I was expecting to do what I had done in English lessons at school - grammar translation and transformation. But my teacher didn't want me to do that. He asked me to think about grammar in terms of how and what it communicated in a realistic, everyday way. This was different for me and really quite fun for me and my speaking skills really improved.

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When learning is fun, do you actually think you're learning? That's why, where possible, use a learning technique that has been fun to use in the past – maybe watching TV, listening to music or chatting with learning buddies online.  You'll learn better if you enjoy it.

Another tip is to turn learning into a game. Set yourself challenges to complete tasks in a certain amount of time – play online learning games or set a challenge with a friend to learn something, such as learn ten new words or learn new ways to say the same thing. And maybe give yourself a reward if you win!

When studying at home, you could change you learning environment. Maybe move to a new location. A change of scenery can boost your enthusiasm for learning. And listening to music can help put you in a better mood too. You can feel isolated studying alone so why not meet up with a friend to learn.  If you can't do that, connect with another language learner online – that way you can make new friends and have fun practising your English.

There are many other ways to make learning fun – just find the right way for you and share your ideas with us. Just think about the fun you'll have when you get to use your new English language skills. Good luck!

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Here's a summary of our tips to make learning fun:

  1. Don't be haunted by previous learning experiences
  2. Choose a learning technique you enjoy
  3. Turn learning into a game
  4. Study in a new location
  5. Study with a friend

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So what did you discover? Find out by taking our test…

How can you make learning fun?

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This BBC Bitesize website has some fun and simple games to make learning fun. 

Why not check out the rest of our Exam Skills series on our You Tube channel.

Have you got any tips about learning strategies and exam preparation that you can share with us? Please email them to us at learningenglish@bbc.co.uk with 'Exam Skills' in the subject line. We will post our favourites here and on our Facebook page. Please note that we can’t reply to individual emails, but we do read all of them.

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