There are many conveniences with an online English school like EF English Live. For example, you do not have to leave your house and can do all of your studying at home anytime you want.
But with this option comes a lot of potential distractions which could cause you to get into some bad study habits. To help you get the most out of your course and avoid any bad habits to begin with, here are some great tips on how to create a good learning environment
Make sure you are comfortable but not too comfortable. This means you should be comfortable enough for your mind to be able to focus on studying, but you shouldn’t get too cozy either. If picking up a book and reading on your sofa makes you nod off, then you will probably fall asleep over your laptop too. So ditch the sofa – the ideal place would be to study sitting on a chair with your computer or laptop on a table.
The room you are in should be quiet. Now as a teacher, I can tell you this is very important. Especially during class, you need to be able to hear the teacher, and the teacher would like to be able to hear you too. If possible, try to sit in a room where you can have some privacy. Having a quiet room will also help you with the other course activities, for example, when you have to hear a word and say the word back into your microphone.
You should not have any distractions. Since you are probably studying at home, there are many potential distractions around you. If you look in your kitchen, you will be distracted by all the food or the different things on your to-do-list. In your living room, your TV will look extra enticing. I know when I sit down to study at home, everything except my work starts to look more interesting, and I also start contemplating everything that I still need to do that day. So try to be in an area that does not have any distractions which could take your attention away from learning English.
These are just a few tips that can help you create a better learning environment. Share some ideas with us and tell us what helps you study!