Learning to Learn
Ok guys, so here are the answers to last night's homework.
1) The collocates with “conference” that I used in the post were:
the theme of the conference
the conference began
2) I used “Not only did I...” to make the point that I did other things “on top of” or extra to the first job
3) “run off my feet” means very busy!
4) I used the phrase “Just remember...” to emphasise a “key” or most important idea.
So far there is one comment on the blog by Nia Komalafuri from Jakarta. I recommend that you all read it as he shares some really useful study tips that he uses. First and foremost he talks about “goals”. I would like to add to what Nia says about this by emphasising that we should always try to set for ourselves clear learning goals. Without them (as adults anyway) we won’t get very far. The best way to set goals is through reflection on what you do well now and what you want to do better in the future. Any learners have difficulties because they are not really clear about what they want to learn! It is not enough to say “I want to improve my speaking” for example! You need to pinpoint why you want to speak English and with whom you want to speak it. There are many different reasons to speak and these effect how you speak right down to the actual words! When you have clarified this point, you need to look at your performance in this situation and ask yourself. What do I want to improve about how I speak (is it pronunciation, vocabulary,) and then seek out the materials or resources that can help you. As Linda has pointed out, there are plenty of resources on the web! You then need to be creative as Nia says and experiment to find what works for you. Nia’s example of how he organizes his notes is a really good one. I have seen many students benefit from this. I try to encourage students to organize there vocabulary around certain situationsor key words as I entioned in a previous blog. Also, what he says about summarizing is an excellent strategy that has long been known by academics as being a key to deeper learning (especially sumarizing things yo read). Summarizing aids memory and it also allows your brain to process and organize the things that you feel are important. You can then also use your summary with a study buddy (which is another great thing to have!) a study buddy being a study friend that you can talk things through with and share ideas etc.
I totally agree with Nia that it is a pity that he didn’t know how to learn at high school. This is the same for me too and I’m sure many of you guys feel that way too. Actually this is the fault of our teachers, schools and perhaps governments. What better to learn at school than how to learn! On top of that include the skill of being an independent student that can then learn whatever he wants. I wonder why that never seems to have been a priority in schools? Perhaps it was a priority i your school. If it was I’d love to hear about it!
Bye for now blogmates (I guess tomorrow is my last day here sob sob!)
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