1. MAKE NOTES OF NEW VOCABULARY
Whenever you learn a new word, whether in the classroom or when you’re out and about, make sure you make a note of it. You could even do this on your phone so you don’t need to carry around a notebook with you.
It’s also worth making a note of the translation into your own language and any unusual phonological aspects of the word.
2. PRACTICE ENGLISH WHENEVER YOU CAN
it is important that you don’t leave your English learning inside the classroom. When you’re in bed at night, look over your English notes from the day and try to memorize some vocabulary as you’re falling asleep.
The first thing you do in the morning while you’re eating your cereal could be to learn a couple of new words. Make sure you never escape learning.
3. LEARN ENGLISH IDIOMS AND PHRASAL VERBS
here are a number of aspects of the English language that you’re not always going to find in an academic course books. Things like idioms and phrasal verbs are extremely common in everyday English conversations.
If you manage to learn these then you’ll find it much easier to talk and understand conversations with native speakers. Although this is not the kind of language you’re likely to use in an academic essay, it’s arguably just as important to you.
4. BE REALISTIC
It’s extremely common for language learners to want to better their English at an unrealistic pace. Set yourself objectives but be genuine in what you can achieve. Your teacher is just there to tell you things and practice with you for a few hours a day. It’s your job to remember and correctly use what you are taught.
You cannot expect to just turn up to class for a few weeks and be able to speak the language. You must engage in lots of work outside of class and use your brain as much as possible.