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Learning to Get The Most Out of Your Studies
 

The aim of this 'Learning Guide' is to help you get the greatest benefit from your studies. Whether you are a young student attending school or an adult taking up the challenge of going back to school, it makes sense to get the most out of your studies. This LearnPlus Guide highlights some important elements involved in the learning process and invites you to take these aspects into consideration when you approach your field of study. Throughout, you are encouraged to take a positive attitude that will help you gain the confidence in your abilities.

This online Guide has been created with foreign languages in mind, but it contains guidance that is helpful for learners of almost any subject. You will find useful advice whether you are attending school, a university or online college; studying on your own at home or considering resuming or continuing your education. Every page offers techniques to improve your confidence and achieve success. The first chapter highlights the need for a sound organization and a positive approach as well as common skills that you can turn to your advantage. The second part stresses the importance of a good learning method and suggests ways to refine your learning skills. There is a 'learning checklist' that summarizes the main points you should consider when you prepare your studies and you will also find a section specially dedicated to learning a foreign language with valuable tips about studying successfully.

 

 

• Learning System

• Learning Practice

• Learning Checklist

• Learning Languages

 

 

You may be learning something without real practical applications: you want to learn French for your own pleasure, you learn a new language as a hobby. You may have to begin to study again because of work requirements: you may have to speak German during a business meeting. You may have to learn a foreign language because it is part of your school curriculum: you have to write an essay in Spanish, for example. Whatever your purpose, you can gain a valuable knowledge from the process of learning itself because it requires thinking and planning. This Guide helps you understand how to learn well using the talents you have and developing new skills.

What you need in your studies depends on what you want -- or have to -- learn, of course. If you are learning a foreign language, for instance, you may think of buying a workbook, a set of tapes, or a dictionary. For some subjects you may need specific tools and an instructor perhaps. Knowledge may come at a cost. Sometimes money is a big consideration when continuing or resuming education. However, today there are many new ways to learn, not least the Internet, and most of these new resources are reasonably affordable. Technological progress tries to make self-improvement easier. For instance, most online courses follow a flexible schedule. They give you the advantage of accessing the material 24 hours a day from any location where a computer can be connected to the Internet. While technological advances and new media make it easier to improve our education, they may create false illusions. There are no such things as 'become fluent in 10 languages while you sleep' or 'learn this list of words two days before your holiday and speak like a native while you are abroad.' If you want results and are serious about learning, you need to strive for results and be serious in your approach.

This Guide deals with a few things that you need to learn well, regardless of the subject of your studies. You need time, motivation, and practice. Learning takes time and you have to devote energy and attention to it. You need to organize yourself to make the most of it: time-management is essential to plan and carry out your studies in an effective way. You need a 'proactive' attitude that keeps you motivated and transforms problems into solutions. And prepare yourself for work: studying does not have to be boring or tiring, but it requires concentration and plenty of practice.

There are no absolute recipes for success: as an individual, you have your personal way of learning. You have developed your own strategies for learning, but can improve on them or adapt them to learn better or faster. If you do not have definite ways to go about learning or feel unsure because of negative past experiences, you have to find what works best for you. This is what this Guide is about: it helps you understand what you need so you can learn in the best possible way.

Good reading and good learning!
The LearnPlus Team


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