上達する人としない人の特徴|Do you have what it takes to be a successful English learner?

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Summer is nearing the end. 

I hope you made the most out of this great season. 

Today, I would like to talk about what makes some students successful at learning English and others not. What I’ll tell you now is based on my experience teaching for many years. 

The difference between successful students and the unsuccessful ones is…, as you’ve guessed: It’s whether you’ve been blessed with the God-given talent for language or not. 

No. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

If we blame our lack of talent for our failure in English, how will we explain a billion people around the world who speak English as their second language? 

The reason why they have learned to speak is not because of their innate linguistic talent but because of pure ‘necessity.’

I’m talking about the level of necessity where “I need English to eat” or “need English to survive” and not the level where “I need English because it may become useful in the future” or “it might give me an edge in the corporate ladder.”

Living in Japan, we know that we almost never find ourselves with this kind of necessity.  

Nevertheless, there are people who do improve. 

My reference point here is the type of students who only take weekly lessons, but I believe the same thing is true for people who study on their own. 

So, what makes someone successful? Successful people are those that do homework every week and memorize new expressions and grammar until they can say them by heart. 

Well, of course. Everyone knows doing homework is important. You might be thinking. But it is this matter-of-fact discipline that creates all the difference. And that’s why we human beings are fallible, because we cannot do what is so blatantly obvious. If you just think about your life for a minute, you’ll find things where you just can’t get yourself to do what’s considered a ‘no-brainer.’

You might be the student who has been coming to the lesson every week without fail for many years. But if you don’t do your homework and review, the chances are that you’ll never make any considerable progress. 

On the other hand, students who couldn’t write or read the alphabets can make jaw-dropping progress if they stick to their homework every week. 

The reason why I came to think this way is because some of my students were successful, while others were not even though I’m using the same method and material to teach them. 

So, when a student improves it is not because of the teacher but because of them. 

Okay. It is fair to say that 20% of their success depends on the teacher; how well the student gets along with the teacher; how good is the teacher at explaining things; the appropriateness of the choice of curriculum and material; if the teacher makes students feel comfortable to talk and not shy away from making mistakes; how convenient the lesson time and location are, and so on. 

We should not underrate the importance of the teacher’s role. Depending on that, you will find English fun and continue to study without losing hope or developing dislike. 

But let me repeat: 80% of your success depends on what you do every day or every week.  

Actually, the secret to becoming a successful learner is that simple. 

To keep up with good studying and reviewing habit, I recommend setting your study session based on time (and day). For busy people living in the 21st century, it is far more realistic to define our task by time like I do 15 minutes a day than by content like I doing a unit or 5 pages a day. For example, if you have 15 minutes in the morning, use that time to review. Set a timer before you start and study until the time is up. There are many apps that can help you manage your study time. Studyplus is one of them. Log your study time and it will motivate you to study more! 

That’s all for today. It’s what we do every day that makes the difference. Let’s keep it up! 

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