It’s often tough finding time to practise English. Finding time to practise between work and family commitments can be really challenging. Don’t worry, though. Practising regularly in small amounts is a great way to help you make progress as it will keep everything you learnt in your last lesson fresh in your mind. Here’s a great way to do it.
Print out a monthly calendar and put it on the wall behind your desk or wherever you prefer to practise. Now, each time you practise, put a red cross on that date on the calendar. Your task is to make sure there are no days without a red cross. Even if you only practise for ten minutes, that still counts. Just make sure there are no days without a cross.
This method is really simple but having a visual chart that you can look at will really make you feel guilty if you miss a day and break the chain of red crosses. This is useful because it will motivate you to make sure you remember to practice.
You may be thinking ‘But what can I achieve in 10 minutes?’ The answer is that you can achieve a lot. You could:
● review a vocabulary list
● look up a grammar point
● read an English news article
● listen to an English podcast
● write a journal in English
…or many more things.
If this sounds like a big commitment to you, try just doing it for one month and see how much progress you make. I bet after the first month, you won’t want to break the chain!