Not making as much progress as you want? Do you feel frustrated? Not getting any better?
This could be why:
You haven’t got a GOAL
WHY are you really learning English? You need to be very clear on this.
Do you need English for work or business? Are you preparing for an exam, or Maturita exam?
Do you speak a lot of English on the phone and find it difficult to understand the other person?
Or do you want to improve your conversation skills?
Many students don’t make progress because they keep jumping from one goal to another. One month they want to prepare for an IELTS exam, the next month they want to learn Business English and the month after that they want to learn everything about phrasal verbs.
Get VERY clear on what you want or need. A good teacher or language coach (me) can help you with this.
You are learning at the wrong level
Have you got an Intermediate English student’s book but don’t understand most of the words? Is the grammar SO difficult that you feel like you want to cry? Did YOU decide what book you use?
Maybe you are studying at the wrong level. You need an assessment to see what level you are at. The best way for this is to get assessed by a teacher and take a small ‘exam’ which will show your basic level of English.
You don’t learn often enough
Sorry, but a 45 or 55 minute lesson per week probably won’t be enough for you to learn English effectively and to reach your goals. If you don’t want 2 or 3 lessons with a teacher per week then you really need to find other ways to study outside of the lesson.
This is not so easy in Prievidza, but here are a few ideas:
Ask your teacher for extra homework or extra activities.
Search on YouTube for a video in English. Read the BBC news page. Go and look for suitable learning material. English is the best language in the World for students. English is everywhere you look, if you look hard enough.
It doesn’t have to take over your life, but you DO need to put some more effort in.
You don’t measure your progress
You should take a progress test every 10 to 12 weeks. This should be supplied to you by your teacher. This shows you how far you have come.
Another thing that you can do is film yourself speaking English. When you look back at the old videos after you have studied hard for a few months, you will be very happy with your progress.
Many students don’t feel like they are making good progress. Then maybe they go on a day trip to Vienna, or a school trip to England. They are forced to speak English, and they surprise themselves with what they know.
Often the students come into the next lesson with a huge smile and a great story to tell.
You haven’t got a coach
To get the best results, you need to find a good coach or teacher. Book in for X number of lessons and pay upfront. This will FORCE you to take your learning seriously and come to the lessons regularly. In English we call this ACCOUNTABILITY.
A good coach will help you with your GOALS and how to reach them.
That’s where I can help you.
You don't have to be in Prievidza, Handlova or Novaky, you could be anywhere in Slovakia, or anywhere in the World.
Complete the form below with your details.
Tell me what your English learning goals are.
We will organise a call on Skype to assess your level and create a plan for the future.