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How to Overcome Groundhog Day learning English?

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Don't know what to do when feels like groundhog day? Here is how you can overcome it and enjoy the process of learning.

Studying Nonstop

The first reason why your study feels like Groundhog Day is that you have been studying nonstop. In other words, you have been pushing yourself to constantly input information. The problem is, your brain never gets a chance to rest. As a result, you get tired of studying English and sometimes feel frustrated.

Take a beak. Create a schedule that will give you an opportunity to take periodic study breaks. This will give your brain a chance to actually process information.


Bored with learning English

The second reason why you get tired of studying English is that you are bored with your method of studying. In other words, you have been studying English in the same way for months (and possibly years). The problem is, the monotony of your study method is taking away the joy of learning English. As a result, you get tired of studying English and sometimes feel there is no way to enjoy it.

One study stated that monotony and boredom can actually be serious sources of stress.

Decide on a series of study patterns that you can alternate. This will make your English studies more interesting and exciting.


Feel like it will never end

The third reason why you get tired of studying English is that you feel like it will never end. In other words, you feel like you will never reach your “destination" of becoming a fluent English speaker. The problem is, by focusing only on the destination, you never give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the journey. As a result, you get tired of studying English and sometimes feel like you are “fighting a losing battle”.

Come up with 3 – 5 specific goals you would like to accomplish. These goals will represent special locations/stops along your English journey. (For example: Be able to give a 10-minute speech in English, Hold a 30-minute conversation with a native English speaker, Pass the IELTS exam, etc)


Studying the same thing

In other words, you feel like you aren’t learning anything new. This feeling gets magnified when you watch English programs and realize that you can’t understand certain situations.  As a result, you get tired of studying English and sometimes feel like there is no way you can improve.

Find an American program and watch it three times. The first time focus on listening. The second time focus on learning new words/expressions. The third time focus on comprehending the situations. Repeat these 3 steps with different programs each week/month.


English is impossible

The fifth reason why you get tired of studying English is that you feel like it is an impossible goal. In other words, you feel like you will never be able to express yourself fluently in English. This feeling gets deeper every single time you have trouble learning something new. As a result, you get tired of studying English and sometimes feel like you should give up completely.

Find a group of students who are studying English just like you. As you learn new things, share them with the group, and practice what you learn. This exchange of knowledge will actually encourage you and help you feel more confident in your ability to speak in English.

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