1. Look at the text for a few seconds and then look away.
Ask yourself what the text was about. When you have some ideas read the
2. When you finish reading, ask yourself again what it
was about. Imagine that you are telling a friend ... tell them the main
ideas of the story (You can do this in your head, or you can write it
down. Try to do it in English, but if you are tired do it in your own
1. Don't worry if you don't understand something the
first time. Listen again.
1. When you use this site, read the text aloud while
you listen. Try to keep up with the speaker. This will help you to make
the sounds in English and it will help you to practise the way that words
2. Speak into a recorder and summarise the story you
were listening to/reading.
1. Write a summary of some of the work you did today.
When you write a summary, don't look at the material, do it from memory!
Imagine that you are telling a friend about it.
Keep a diary. Write in your diary every day for about 10 minutes. Don't
worry if you make mistakes. Don't worry if you only write one sentence!
If you write every day, your writing WILL get better!
3. Find an email pen-pal.
1. Keep a vocabulary book. Write down any new vocabulary.
Some people like to keep a book with a page for A, a page for B, a page
for C and so on. Other people prefer to keep cards and file the cards
into alphabetical order. You need to find a system that works for you.
1. If you are reading and you see some grammar you don't
understand, decide if you are interested in finding out why. If you want
to know, write it down and try to find the answer. If you have no idea
and you think it is too difficult for now, then don't worry about it.
Maybe you will be more interested in that problem in a couple of weeks
15 minutes of study every day is the best way to