Imagine the following scenario:
You get in a car and start driving. You have a vague idea of where you want to go, but the roadsigns don't indicate how far away you are from your destination. Also, the arrow on the speedometer is broken and doesn't tell you how fast you're going. Also, the mileage meter and the trip meter don't work and you have no idea of how far you've gone since you started.
In science class, we learn that Distance, Time, and Speed are related. If we divide Distance by Time, we calculate Speed. For example, 100 miles per hour or 160 kilometers per hour. However if you have no idea how far away you are and you have no idea about how fast you're going, you will have no clue how long it's going to take to get there.
For many language students, this is their reality. They have a vague idea of wanting to speak English well, speak fluently, sound like a native speaker. This can be as vague as an overweight person saying they want to lose weight, but not making any specific goals with a timeline.
Many language students do not establish clear specific goals with established deadlines and milestones to be able to assess their daily, weekly, and monthly progress. If you don't measure how many new words you're learning per day or schedule how much time you will dedicate to your studies or take notes of what you have learned so far, it will feel like you are drifting and aimless without clearly knowing if you're heading in the right direction or wasting time going in circles.
Plan your language journey
1. Establish S.M.A.R.T. goals
2. Assign yourself daily tasks
3. Create a daily routine
4. Make a checklist of your tasks
5. Find accountability partners
6. At the beginning of the week plan your tasks
7. At the beginning of the day review your checklist
8. At the end of the day assess how well you did and plan for the next day
9. At the end of the week assess how well you did and plan for the next week
10. Plan your monthly goals and work backwards to assign weekly goals to visualize what steps you will need to take to reach your target level, goals, skills, and abilities.
What can be measured can be improved.
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