In this lesson we’re going to look at how you can find time to study and how you can create a study plan to make sure that you’re fully prepared for your Sproochentest or any test that you’re doing. This is extremely effective. So we’re going to use a very simple three-step process that I’ve used with hundreds of my one-on-one students.
The 1. step is how to find the time. One of the most common complaints that I get from students is
I just don’t have time.
But YOU DO! You’ll be surprised how much time you actually have.
The 2. step is to figure out what you should be spending your time on. There’s no point in studying really hard if you’re studying the wrong things. You need to spend your time and think more strategically about your study plan.
The last step is to create a study plan. I’ll show you an extremely simple technique that I’ve used with my students and that helped them get the results that they need.
Step 1: How to find the time
Any student who comes to me by saying I really don’t have the time to study but I want to sit the Sproochentest in the upcoming months, I get them to sit down with me and we figure out what they normally do on a daily basis. You’ll be surprised how much time you have! Here are the results:
Work: 8 hours (from 9 to 5)
Sleep: 8 hours (from 11 to 7)
Family: 3 hours
Sport: 1 hour
Misc: 1 hour
Total: 21 hours
When students add all the stuff that they do on a daily basis it always comes in well below 24 hours. If you sit down and do that EXERCISE yourself you’ll be shocked at how much extra time you have!
So here is my question to you:
Where is all this extra time going?
Normally it’s on lazy unproductive things that we spend our time without us really realising it. Smartphones are probably the number one culprits. And how much time do we spend on social media?
How much time do you “waste” in front of the TV? Now I don’t call you lazy or anything like that I guarantee that there are some parts of your day where you could be studying but instead you’re doing things that are not even relaxing.
The first thing I recommend is that you CARRY OUT THAT EXERCISE.
You might also find out that you have 1 hour of commute time or 1 hour at lunch time or 1 hour before starting work or 1 hour where you could be studying when your children are in bed.
So there are great opportunities for you to study.
When you’ve done that you need to figure out a block of time each day that is YOURS for your language learning journey – that is YOUR time to study and during X months it never changes. Block off that time and you’ll be surprised at how effective that is.
Once you’ve done that you move on to step 2.
Step 2: What to study
You want to pass the Sproochentest Oral Exam successfully and you have the level A2, right? So your focus is no longer on reading or writing or doing exercises that are boring and not relevant.
You need to solely focus on speaking and listening.
Let’s take the case of Irina, one of my student who failed a first time at the Sproochentest: I did one mock speaking test with her and we figured out that her grammar was good but she had difficulties understanding my questions and her other problem was her pronunciation. So we decided to focus on improving her listening skills and pronunciation.
Practice the different vowel & consonant sounds, connected speech, repeating aloud, practice speaking with a teacher/coach
Getting familiar with the common questions that come up in the oral exam, practice listening (only listening NOT reading) and repeating aloud full sentences
So instead of telling her repeat the A2 study book, to listen to the radio or read aloud, I told her the exact things she needed to focus on. She spent all her time efficiently and strategically focusing on those areas. As she knew exactly what to study she was able to pass the Sproochentest 2 months later successfully.
Step 3: Create your study plan
The last but so crucial step is to set up your study plan. Let’s imagine that you have one hour a day to fit in your busy schedule for studying. And you want to take the exam in 2 months.
You have 60 days to study. Sit down, take your calendar and set aside 30 to 45 minutes and set up your study plan. Let’s say that you know the exact content of the Sproochentest Oral Exam (the different topics and the picture description). You can set up your schedule as follows:
Example of a Study Plan
|Week 1||Day 1||Prepare topic X||✓|
|Day 2||Prepare topic Y||✓|
|Day 3||Prepare topic Z||✓|
|Day 4||Prepare Picture Description||✓|
|Day 5||Review & Practice Topy X, Y||✓|
|Day 6||Review & Practice Topy Z & Picture||✓|
|Week 2||Day 8||Prepare Topic …|
And you complete your study plan for the remaining weeks.
Once you have completed a task mark them as completed. This is going to give you a sense of achievement and make sure that you stay motivated.
Why is the set up of your study plan so crucial?
Most people get stressed because of the unknown, they don’t know how and what to prepare.
Setting up your study plan will take off your stress, because you know exactly what you have to prepare, you know that you have your time blocked off each day and once you have completed a task you tick it off. You’ll see that your preparation becomes much much easier.
I hope all of this tips, will help you eventually grow to be a more confident speaker.
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