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What is intensive reading and why should you do it?

English language learners often practice reading in textbooks and language guides, but overall, many learners of English do not regularly practice reading as much as the other skills – listening speaking, and writing. This is a shame, because reading is […]

What is extensive reading and why should you do it?

If you could do one thing everyday that would improve your English language vocabulary knowledge, your reading and writing ability, and even your speaking and listening skills, wouldn’t you do it? According to many studies, you’d also experience increases in motivation, and […]

How Tests are Helpful in Learning English

You probably don’t get excited by the idea of taking tests, do you? But did you know that tests are actually crucial for the language learning process, especially if you’re learning English on your own? In a nutshell, it’s all […]

10 Tips for Writing Effective English Summaries

People summarize all the time in their day to day lives. You might summarize something interesting that you read in the news. You might summarize what happened at a party that your friend missed because she was sick. You might […]

Study Less, Study Smart – Tip 7: Use Mnemonics

A: How do you say “socks” in Japanese again? I keep repeating the word over and over, but I still can’t seem to remember. Why is my memory so bad? B: Actually, there is probably nothing wrong with your memory, […]

Study Less, Study Smart – Tip 6: Practice SQ4R

Have you ever read a page in your textbook, and, even though you understood all the English, realized you don’t remember what you’ve just read? This happens when you’re not engaged with what you are reading. It’s difficult to be […]

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