How to Trick Your Mind into Practicing English

english-trickDo you struggle with keeping a consistent English practice?

Do you think you should be studying more than you currently do?

If you’re like most people, you WANT to practice English more, but for some reason you don’t spend as much time as you like.

Why does this happen?

Why We Don’t Do What We Say We’re Gonna Do?

If you plan on studying English for just 15 minutes a day, every day, would you actually do it?

What usually happens is that the first few days after trying to start a new habit, you do really well.

You practice every day and it feels good. You’re learning new things.

Then something in your life happens and you tell yourself I’m tired, it’s okay if don’t study today. It’s just one day.

A few days later you miss another. Pretty soon you lose the habit completely.

So why is it so difficult to keep a consistent practice?

Sometimes life just gets in the way. After a long day at work, you don’t always feel like practicing your English.

But there’s a simple solution.

If you want to do ANYTHING, you need to make it a priority. And that means you need to…

Practice Your English When You FIRST Wake Up

If practicing English is truly important to you, you NEED to do it first thing in the morning.

That means practicing your English before going on Facebook, before checking your email, and before even eating breakfast.

If you don’t have enough time to study before leaving in the morning, then wake up earlier.

A lot of times your mind will fight with you. Telling you that sleep is more important.

But if you sleep for 15 minutes less per day is it really going to have that big of an effect on you?

What if you practice English for 15 more minutes per day. How big of an effect will that have on you in 3 months, 6 months, a year?

If you lose a little sleep one night, you can just go to bed earlier the next day.

But when practicing your English, it’s so important that you study just a little bit each day.

Studying for one hour twice a week is way less effective than practicing English for 15 minutes a day. A language, just like music, is better learned with a little bit of exposure every day. This gives our brain more time to incorporate what we learned.

Just like when you stay up all night studying for a test, you may pass the test, but do you remember anything a week or a month later? Probably not.

That’s why it’s so important to…

Practice Your English Every Day

Remember, if you want to get good at something, you need to do it every day. English is no exception.

If you don’t practice FIRST thing in the morning, it’s very likely something in your life will happen that will lead to you skipping your English practice.

Whatever is most important to you, do it AS SOON as you wake up.

If learning English is truly important to you, then wake up a few minutes earlier and practice. Every day.

Even if you only spend 5-10 minutes in the morning, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is keeping the habit.

What Should I Practice?

So, you’ve decided to practice your English when you first wake up in the morning for 15 minutes.

But 15 minutes is not a long time. So what’s the most effective use of your time?

Stay tuned for next week’s article, Maximize Your Learning: A Simple 4 Step Guide.

In the meantime, check out the article English for Life: 5 Ways to Make English a Fun and Convenient Part of Your Daily Life

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  1. ????? ????? ??????? on September 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    thx a lot for your advices ^^

  2. Teri Dos Reis on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I wish this was in portuguese to share with my students

  3. Teri Dos Reis on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I wish this was in portuguese to share with my students

  4. Alduboni on September 24, 2013 at 3:12 am


  5. Vague D'ocean on September 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

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  6. Paulo Roberto de Oliveira on September 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I know you can solve this problem, Teri. If not, use google translator.

  7. Monica Siqueira on September 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    It´s not that dificult to translate it =D

  8. Nabina Chaulagain on September 25, 2013 at 2:42 am

    thats nice one grt

  9. Maxim April on September 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm


  10. Maria Pittamiglio on September 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    very motivated article! i ll try to do it! you must only wait see the results!!!ha ha!!

  11. José on September 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Hello my friends,you are very important to us learners of english language. I read all the english material of RLE .I am learning a lot with your english tips .You!re the best. thank you very much.

  12. Pedro Alexandre Torres on October 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Artigo bem prático. Talvez dê para aplicar o ponto após a leitura do texto diário e de um capítulo da Bíblia.

  13. Boubacar Abida Maiga on October 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Thank for good advice

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