Today I'm gonna give you five methods to help you study English when you don't have time.
Hey, today I'm gonna give you five methods to help you study English when you don't have time.
Method number one.
Method number one is the "15 minute morning routine." Basically you will create a 15 minute morning routine where you learn one word, one expression, one idiom and one question for the day.
This method focuses on making English a priority at the start of your day.
Now I'm gonna explain how you do this exactly using the steps, but don't worry. Even if you're not a morning person, this method can help you. Now, a lot of you know that I'm a morning person.
If you open the dictionary, you will see my name and my picture next to morning person. Why? Because I get up around 4:00 a.m. and I love to get work done early in the morning.
But this method is for early birds and night owls. And let me explain why. So here are the steps you need to go through.
Step number one, pick a specific time in the morning. It must be the same time every single day. Again, it's up to you. For example, for me, I wake up at 4:00 a.m. But if you wake up at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. or even 9:00 a.m., you can pick a time that matches your schedule. So first pick a time in the morning that matches your schedule.
Step number two. For the first five minutes, search for one word, one expression, one idiom and one question. Again, one of each, not five words, not five expressions. Only one word, one idiom, one expression and one question.
Step number three, this is what you're gonna do. For the next five minutes, memorize the word, expression and the idiom. I know you're smart, I know that you are super intelligent. So having three things to memorize in five minutes, I think it's very possible because you're smart. So for the second five minutes, you're gonna memorize the word, the expression and the idiom.
Step number four, what you need to do, you need to for the last five minutes, read the question and give your answer. You need to speak out loud. Let's say for today, let's say today is Monday or Tuesday.
You find the question, tell me about your best childhood memory. All right, so you have five minutes to think about the question and answer it in English but you must say your answer out loud. Again, this is a morning routine.
You'll do every single day for only 15 minutes. A short period of time, but this method is very effective. So let me tell you the benefits of this method, here we go.
Benefit number one.
You won't feel stressed about studying for a long period of time. Here's something that I wanna explain to you. Many times you get stressed or feel that you don't have time because when you do go to study English, you don't know what to study.
You have books, you have videos, you have all of these things that are surrounding you and you're like, I don't have a lot of time and I don't know what to study.
So eventually you get frustrated and stop. But using this 15 minute method, you won't feel stressed because you know exactly what you need to do every single morning.
Now let me look at the second benefit which is, you will remain laser focused during the 15 minute period. Now I really liked this expression laser-focused. S
o I want you to imagine we're on a television show, right? Maybe Star Wars or Star Trek, and they're talking to each other, yep, I see what's going on over there.
Star Trek, you know, the space program, right? And imagine that one of them had lasers in their eyes, and they say, "Oh, I see something."
And all of a sudden the movie would have them have lasers pointing out of their eyes and focused on something. So when we say laser focused, it means just like in a TV show, their eyes are focused on something.
It means that you have your eyes focused on one thing. It's about focusing and only looking at one thing. So you'll be able to focus on this one thing, this one grouping of expression, word idiom, and question for a 15 minute period. So you'll be laser focused, all right?
Now the third benefit is, you will feel more confident because you are studying every single day. Man, when I say, you know, when it comes to confidence, I get a lot of questions about confidence and speaking in English from students and maybe you've been one of those students who have asked me that question.
Teacher, how can I be confident in English? But a lot of times the confidence, and I talked about it last week in last week's video lesson, the confidence is because you don't feel like you're doing enough or you're comparing yourself to someone else.
But if you start using this 15 minute morning method, you'll know hey, I'm doing something every day to improve my English. And it's something that happens psychologically. You'll start admiring yourself like, Ooh man, I'm putting in time every single day.
Even though it's a 15 minute period of time, every single day in the morning, I'm studying hard and I know that I am improving and you will start to feel more confident and even proud of yourself.
So method number one is a very good method for you to use when you don't have time to study English, all right?
Method number two.
Method number two is weekly flashcards.
Now basically you will create 50 weekly flashcards and carry 10 of them with you every single day.
This method focuses on regularly reviewing small chunks of information. And I'm sure, you know, you've seen many of my videos where I talk about the power of studying in chunks.
So with this method, you have flashcards and you're gonna create 50, but don't let that number scare you because remember these flashcards, 50 flashcards will be used throughout the entire week.
So let me explain how you're gonna do this, all right? So here we go.
Step number one.
At the beginning of the week, select 50 things that you want to learn.
Maybe words, expressions, idioms, grammar rules, formulas, et cetera.
And I said things you want to learn. You don't have to get a book and say, okay, the book says do this, this and this, no.
If you're interested in music and you wanna learn more English words related to music, then make flashcards based on that interest.
Or maybe you are trying to learn more grammar rules, make flashcards for that week about the grammar rules.
Again, it's up to you. This is your language journey but you can use this method to improve your English even when you don't have time. All right, so step one is done.
Step number two.
On one side of the card, write the title or focus of the card.
Again, if you're trying to learn vocabulary, on one side write the word happenstance or fictitious.
You can look those words up guys, all right? So put the word, the expression, the idea or concept, the title on one side of the card.
Step number three.
On the other side of the card, write the definition, explanation or example.
Again, on the opposite side, you wanna make sure you're describing what this card is all about.
Step number four.
Every day, select 10 different cards and review them periodically throughout the day. It doesn't mean that you have to sit at your desk at work and every hour look at the card, every hour look at the card, no.
As you think about it throughout the day, Oh, let me kind of review a few things that I have. Oh, okay I didn't, oh, this word, interesting.
Put it down and keep doing what you're doing. You wanna be consistently connected to the cards throughout the day.
Step number five.
At the end of the week, review all 50 cards to see which ones you remember.
Again, step number four says 10 different cards every day. So by the time you get to the last day, you've already went through all 50 cards and now you're gonna review and see which ones you remember and which ones you don't remember.
You're giving yourself the opportunity to take the information in and then process it and see which pieces of information you need to work on some more.
So what are the benefits of this method?
Benefit number one.
You will have a study plan for each week. Study plans, whoooo. When you have a plan, you can reach a goal all right?
Benefit number two.
You will be able to carry them with you throughout the day. Think about it, you're not gonna have a book, you're just gonna have these cute little flashcards, put them in your pocket, put them in your purse for the ladies, and what? Throughout the day, you can pick them out, take them out and review them. So again, you can carry them with you throughout the day.
The other benefit is you will be able to start your own English database from the collection of flashcards. Now, this is something that I've emphasized before in a previous video and to other students.
Why? You need to have your own English database.
By doing the flashcards every week following this method even when you don't have time, you'll be able to create your own database and improve your English speaking ability, all right?
Method number three?
Another great method. Weekly English video. Now, basically you will select and watch one English lesson video every single day for a week.
This method focuses on mastering the ideas and concepts presented in one video lesson each week.
Notice I said one lesson. Not one lesson every single day, no. One lesson for an entire week.
So for example, let's say you're like, man, I am really enjoying this video from Teacher Tiffani. It's really gonna help me a lot. This may be the video that you wanna use for this method. That means you'll watch this video again tomorrow and the next day and the next day for a week.
This method is very, very useful and very helpful because it will show you how to master a concept. So let's see the steps, here we go.
Step number one.
At the beginning of the week, find one interesting English lesson. The type of lesson is up to you. And for example, multiple vocabulary words, fluency formulas, et cetera. It's truly up to you. You can pick the one that you want.
Step number two.
On day one, watch the video lesson without taking any notes. I need to stress this, I need to emphasize this. Do not take any notes on day one.
Teacher? Yes, I'm telling you to put your notebook down, put your pen down and simply watch the lesson. Sometimes you don't realize how amazing your brain is.
Stop focusing on, oh, I got to get this, I got to get that. Nope, sit down, watch the video, listen, enjoy it. But don't take any notes on day one. Now on day two, which is step number three, watch the video lesson again and write down the things that you learned.
That's right, you're gonna go on day two, watch it a second time and this is when you can take your pen, take your notebook and start writing things down.
Now on day three, which is step number four, watch the video lesson again and write in anything else that you missed the first two times you watched the lesson.
Compare and combine your notes with the notes from day two. Notice we've just watched, taken notes and taken notes again. We haven't memorized anything yet, all right?
Step number five.
Step number five is also important. On day four, watch the video lesson again and then write the three main points of the lesson. Now for videos about words or vocabulary, you can write the three words that you liked the most.
I wanna explain the step, step number five to you. Again, you're watching the video another time, right? But this time you're looking for the three main points.
What's happening is, you're literally becoming laser-focused and trying to figure out, wait a minute, how can I summarize this video lesson?
And that's gonna help you think in English, because you're gonna have to learn how to be concise. Say what you mean and be clear and this is gonna help you do that. Again, when you don't have time, this method is still very useful, all right?
Step number six.
On day five, watch the video lesson again and then find three ways to apply what you learned to your daily life. Now we're getting to the application phase. Again, the same video.
This is gonna get, how do I explain? You're gonna watch the video so much that you're gonna feel like you can predict everything that's being said. Huh, which means your English is also going to improve.
You're gonna start recognizing patterns. But now you need to see, wait a minute, how can I apply what I'm learning from this video to my daily life? No matter what it is it's a vocabulary word? Okay, figure out how you can apply that word to your life.
If it's a concept or idea, even like this video, figure out how you can apply the lesson to your life in three ways, all right?
Step number seven.
For this method. On day six, review what you wrote in your notes on day one, two, three, four, and five. You have to review because that's how the information goes into your long-term memory.
But this method is very useful. Again, one English video for an entire week and you follow these steps.
Method number four.
Another good one. Method number four, well, it's gonna come in a second. I almost forgot to give you guys the benefits. But I got you, don't worry. Here we go.
All right, benefits of method number three.
Benefit number one, you will naturally start to understand and apply the information.
Benefit number two, you will master the idea, concept and or words. And finally, you will begin to understand pronunciation patterns and many more things. Again, that's why I was saying going over and over and over and over again, repeating the same video actually is gonna help your brain process the information in a better way. So again, method number three is amazing. Now it's time to move on to method number four. All right, here we go.
Method number four. This one is pick one and use it. So basically you will pick one word, expression or concept for a day and use it to describe your daily activities.
This method focuses on immediately applying what you learned to every part of your life. Now, again, this is something I always emphasize. When you learn something new, don't just say, Oh, that was good. Yes, I like it. Yes, I like that word, I like that new concept. You have to apply whatever it is that you are learning and this method focuses on helping you to apply what you learn, even though you don't have a lot of time. So here we go, let's look at the steps.
Step number one. Select one word, expression or concept. Again, one word, not six, not three, not even two. Select one word, expression or concept.
Step two. In the morning, find two activities that you can describe using the word, expression or concept. So for example, let's say today, I learned the word awesome.
Now this is a word I know that you know, right? Awesome, it means amazing or really good. So let's say I just learned awesome though and I'm like, wait a minute, today's word is awesome.
In the morning, I have to find two activities that I can describe using this word. So I can say, oh, my mom is awesome. She made breakfast for my entire family, all right? Then another thing. Ooh, I can say, man, the weather today when I went out to exercise, whoo, it was awesome.
So you see what I did. I found two activities that happened in my life. Two things, my mom made breakfast and then I went out to exercise. So I applied the word awesome to those two activities.
You need to do that. Now the next step, step number two, you need to in the afternoon do the exact same thing. And step four in the evening, do the exact same thing.
Again, you've chosen one word expression or concept and then the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening, you're gonna find two activities, so a total of six activities that you can talk about using the word expression or concept. This is gonna help you so much.
Again, even though you don't have time, you're still studying. You're still learning how to think in English and apply what you learn. So what are the benefits? Here we go.
Benefit number one of this method. Number one, you will start to think more in English.
Benefit number two. You will understand how easy it is to connect English to your life. And benefit number three. You will start to remember words, expressions, and concepts, a lot faster.
The moment you take that step to connect what you are learning to your daily life is the moment when everything clicks in your brain like, Oh, okay, your brain gets excited too.
And then you'll have an easier time of accessing the information from your database later on when you're trying to speak in English. Got you, you got me right? Okay, all right.
Method number five.
Here we go. Method number five. Method number five is jot down quick notes. Oh, real quick.
I've explained this expression, but maybe you don't know it, jot down. Jot down just means to write very quickly, like a short note, write very quickly, all right? We say jot down something, got it? All right good.
So the fifth method is, jot down quick notes. Basically you will create a phone or a small notebook note every day. Update it whenever you learn something and review it at the end of the day.
This method focuses on grasping the main ideas or concepts and reviewing them. So as you go throughout your day, there are gonna be things you're gonna learn. Maybe you overhear someone say something in English and you're like, oh, I didn't know that, jot it down.
Really quick note. You're not searching for anything, just writing a quick note throughout your day. Now this is gonna help you again, grasp the main ideas because you're just writing the main thing you heard, right?
So let's look at the steps for this one, here we go.
Step number one, find a small notebook, or you can use your phone. Again, we're living in the digital age. So if you have your cell phone with you all the time, you can use your cell phone instead of a notebook. That's okay, all right?
Now, step number two. As you go throughout your day, quickly, write down all the new English words, expressions or concepts that you learn. Remember that these should be very short notes, shouldn't take you five minutes. Just really quickly write it down and keep moving on with your day. Why? Because this method is gonna help you when you don't have time, all right?
Step number three. At the end of the day, when you are relaxed, take out your notebook or phone list and quickly review what you learned that day, all right? So this is very important for you to do.
You're gonna come back at the end of the day, you're gonna review what you learned, and then you're gonna be able to take the information in and keep moving on with your life, why?
Because you didn't take a lot of time, you just reviewed the quick notes that you made earlier. Now, what are the benefits of this method?
You see right here, I have four steps, it says four at the top but that should be three. It should be three right under method number five. But I know you got me guys. All right, this is three, a three-step process. Here we go, benefits.
Benefit number one.
You will start to learn how to grab the main points or ideas in English. Benefit number two. You will create a database of new things that you learned. And benefit number three. You will get in the habit of thinking in English throughout your day.
You are going to really take your English to the next level using this method. Now I hope you enjoyed today's lesson. I really think these methods are gonna help you study when you don't have time.