Tip 1:  Come prepared and ready to work…and to have fun!

As soldiers, you go to shooting practice with your rifle. Similarly, you should come to class with the proper equipment. Bring your books, notebook, and something to write with. Turn off your cellphones and give your full attention to learning English. 

Participate actively in class. Listen carefully to your instructor, ask questions, and take notes. Listen respectfully to your classmates.  Respond to what they say and ask them questions, too.

Everyone will make a lot of mistakes---that’s okay.  Mistakes are a normal part of the learning process. Be patient and give each other a chance to self-correct.  It’s important for learning. When in pairs, work together and learn together.

Finally, enjoy yourself!  Smile and laugh. It’s the best medicine and the best way to learn something new

Tip 2:  Find a quiet time and place to study every day.

Make learning English part of your daily routine. Yes, daily! The weekend is a good time to review. It’s also a good time to do something different---watch a movie in English, learn the lyrics to a new song in English, and chat in English with a friend.


Tip 3:  How you do your homework is very important.

Begin by reviewing what was covered in class. Look back at the vocabulary, grammar, and exercises.  What did your instructor emphasize in class? What examples did he write on the board?

Next, pay special attention to mistakes you made in class or on your homework.  We can learn from our mistakes, but only if we take the time to understand them.

Finally, create your own personal sentences with the new vocabulary and grammar points.  This is real learning!

Tip 4:  Ask questions! 

 Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers” (Voltaire). Questions are the keys that unlock the doors to knowledge and understanding.  Instructors know this. They often begin class with: “Does anyone have a question about what we did yesterday?”

Take responsibility for your own learning. For homework, write down a question to ask your instructor and classmates---it’s a great way to start the day.

Tip 5: Read, read, read           !

Reading improves your whole language---your vocabulary, grammar, writing, and thinking skills.  Plus, when you talk about what you have read, you practice your communication skills.

But it’s important to choose the right reading materials. If there are more than 5 words you don’t know on a single page, the material is probably not right for you.  Ask your instructor for help on selecting the best material for you to