and make it easier to study.
In last week’s post I wrote about scheduling learning sessions into your week so you make the most progress you can based on what you have available in your schedule. This article shows you how to structure your German study time to get the most out of it. Here’s how to create a German learning session that works for you.
There’s also a bonus organizational tip at the end that will help you with all of it!
1. Der Anfang: Start Small
You want to start with something that’s fun and enjoyable and gets you in the mood for learning. This can be an especially effective way to create a fun habit out of sitting down to learn German.
It’s also helpful to begin your learning sessions the same way so you create a habit out of it. The familiarity of this habit can help you get motivated when you always know how you’ll begin. When you’ve had a rough day, it’s this habit that will keep you on-track with your learning sessions. You’ll be less likely to simply skip it.
You could start your learning session(s) with:
- spelling a few words you already know
- reviewing solid, old vocabulary to give yourself a boost
- singing a song from class or one you’ve found on YouTube (like this one.)
- saying the alphabet forwards and backwards
- practicing your personal introduction “Hallo! Ich bin … und ich arbeite als…. Ich lebe in ….. und meine Hobbys sind …. “ You’ll need to be able to say it if you want to take a proficiency test, so practice it now!
Starting small helps you get in the mood for learning, it signals to your brain that you’re about to do some learning, and it lowers the hurdle to starting, as I like to say. The lower the hurdle, the easier it is for you to start.