Before embarking on your English learning journey there are some steps to take in preparation for what lies ahead. A “to do list” with what you need to prepare yourself, purchase and expect is a great idea for any student who is just starting to learn a second language. It can prepare you for the whole process while allowing you to enter it with reasonable expectations.
Regardless of what method you end up choosing to learn the English language a “to do list” should sound just about the same. You should first analyze and understand why you want to learn the language. By doing this you can truly appreciate your progress and manage to stay focused and motivated when you hit a rough spot or simply feel that the entire process is too demanding.
Know Your Reasons And Know What You Need
Once you are aware of the reasons behind your decision you can move on and see exactly what raw materials you will need for your first class or course. This means purchasing notebooks, a laptop if necessary, specialized books, pens, pencils and even things like a subway pass if you can’t travel by foot to your English class.
Once these formalities are out of the way you should definitely try to construct some sort of rudimentary schedule of what you expect to achieve in a given time. This should be ideally done a lesson or two into the course as you can get a better idea of what you’re up against as well as consult a teacher.
Set a clear list of the what general aspect you wish to master first. Some students might want to become fluent as fast as possible, other might want to just learn enough to get by and converse while some would want to make significant grammar and punctuation progress in order to follow their writing dreams. Once you get this sorted out, consult your teacher/community in order to see how you can best achieve your goals.
Find A Way To Use What You Learn
Another important aspect to take into consideration before starting your English studies is to find a way to use what you learn. Start by signing up to some forums where you will find beginner students just like you. Try to find a native speaker with which to converse or even learn from while teaching him your native language. There is no downside, regardless if this leads to you being more competitive or simply allowing you to use what you learn after each class in a fun and relaxed way.
You should also look into alternative methods to complement what you learn in class. They should be fun to do and very flexible. In this way you can relax or use dead time in order to improve yourself. Things like watching movies, listening to music, watching English spoken TV programs or reading can be great ways to achieve this. The important thing is to not stress yourself out, and use them simply as relaxation without making an otherwise pleasant experience seem like a burden.