13 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO BE AN EFFECTIVE LEARNER ONLINE

1. Take notes in the class. When your teacher writes something on the screen (vocabulary, pronunciation or sentence correction), ask him/her to give you time to write it down. Do not just take a screenshot. Research by language experts shows that writing things by hand helps the brain to remember; taking a screenshot is not useful for your memory.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you don’t understand. Your teacher is there to help you.
3. Pay attention when you’re being corrected. Repeat the correction because this will help you to remember. Take down notes of the corrections so you can review them after your class. Students who don’t pay attention to corrections make the same mistakes again and again.
4. At the same time, don’t be afraid to make mistakes in your speaking and writing. This is a normal part of learning, everyone makes mistakes – just make sure you pay attention to the corrections.
5. When you are learning new grammar and vocabulary, use it with different skills. For example, if you learn new grammar from a reading exercise, use that new grammar in your speaking and writing. Also, do this several times and keep using it over a period of several weeks. Research by language experts shows that repeatedly using new grammar and vocabulary with different skills is a very effective way to understand and remember in the long term. Also, test yourself frequently (it’s better to give yourself small tests frequently than big tests only occasionally).
6. Do not depend on your dictionary or the internet for translation. If there are words you don’t understand, ask your teacher first. The more you think in English, the quicker you will learn (and the more you think in your language, the less English you will learn). Thinking in English is more difficult than thinking in your own language, but you need to think in English to be an effective learner. You cannot learn English well by always thinking in your own language.
7. In group classes, talk to other students to create more interaction. You may raise your hand to prompt your teacher and so other students will pay attention to you. Also, speak English only in group classes.
8. Always do your homework. It helps you learn and/or practice what you’ve learned during class. It also allows you to prepare questions you might need or want to ask during your actual class.  Manage your day so that you always have time to do your homework and to review your classes.
9. Do not do free talking only in class. Have a clear aim about what you are learning. Teachers have aims for you in class. If you are not sure what the aim of your lesson is, ask your teacher to make it clear to you.
10. When teachers ask you questions related to your lesson, think and answer the best you can. Do not search the internet for explanations (you can do that after class if necessary) and do not expect teachers to feed you all information. You will not learn effectively that way.
11. Make sure to be always focused in class. Do not use your phone or chat online with friends or watch videos during your class time. Find a quiet place to study and make sure that you are seated comfortably.
12. Always attend your classes on time. If you are late, you are reducing the time for learning. So, check your compute before your class to make sure everything is working. Also, connect to Zoom 10 seconds before class time.
13. In case of technical issues with Zoom, make sure to have your Skype as back-up to avoid wasting time.

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