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, […]
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 […]
I’ve always liked to say to my students that if you can explain something to another person, you probably know it well. Well, as it turns out, Dr. Marty Lobdell would agree with me. This is part 5 on a […]
Welcome to part 4 on this series on Dr. Lobdell’s 7 tips on how to study less, study smart. So far we’ve covered chunking, creating a study space, and active learning. In this post, we’re going to talk about note […]
Active learning? What on earth is that, and how can it help you study less and study smart? This is part three in a series of Dr. Marty Lobdell’s advice for studying smarter (and less!). The previous post was about […]
This is part 2 of a series from Marty Lobdell’s “Study less, study smart” lecture. Part one on is on chunking your study time. Wouldn’t you like to study smarter? Lobdell ’s second tip to “Study Less, Study Smart” is […]
On Youtube, you can find a lot of advice about how to study better. In a lecture I found called “Study Less, Study Smart,” psychology Professor Dr. Marty Lobdell gave some great advice about how to be an effective student. […]
How could Tiger Woods become the world’s best golf player at the age of 21? How could William Jones master more than 10 foreign languages? How could two Polgar sisters both become world chess champions? We tend to believe that […]
Do you have language goals? You should if you want to improve your English. Research shows that people who set goals are more likely to achieve success. Goals help you identify what you want to achieve, keep you focused on what’s important, save you time, and provide a way to measure your progress – which helps improve your motivation to learn more.
This is a hodgepodge (a mixture) of strategies I often share with my students in Japan to encourage them to become more accountable for their own learning. Good language learners are very proactive. Do you use all these strategies? Are they any you think you should use more?