Study Skills

Learning Strategies

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Learning strategies

Learning strategies or study skills determine your approach to achieve your learning objectives. They are plans that learners consciously have recourse to in order to help them learn more effectively. These strategies are usually linked to learners' needs and interests to boost learning. They are grounded on various types of learning styles. (Ekwensi, Moranski, & Townsend- Sweet, 2006).

Here are some strategies that can help you be successful in your studies.

Set small, achievable goals

Start with small steps to reach higher targets.

  1. For example, try to learn 5 new English vocabulary items every day.
  2. Set a 30 minutes study session every day.
  3. Learn the lyrics of an English song every now and then.
  4. Read a short English text every day.

Setting small targets is much better than setting huge goals that you cannot achieve. Remember that "small drops of water make the mighty ocean"

Plan your studies

Planning your studies gives meaning to your work. If you know all the steps necessary to achieve a goal and these steps are written down on a piece of paper, it will be easy for you, then, to see the whole picture.

Be motivated

The secret to success is that you should be motivated to learn. Try to avoid boredom by having fun in what you do. Try to find a positive aspect to studying English.

  1. Read about what you are interested in (hobbies, fields of interest...)
  2. Watch your favourite films in English
  3. Listen to your favourite English songs and learn the lyrics.
  4. Write your diary in English.
  5. Read about your favorite stars in magazines or online.

Remember, we learn better and fast things we really want to learn.

Manage your time

In order to manage your time successfully, having an awareness of what your goals are will assist you in prioritizing your activities. Time management provides you with the opportunity to create a schedule that works for you, not for others. This personal touch gives you the flexibility to include the things that are most important to you.

Set a reward for yourself

Set a reward for yourself that you can look forward to. For example, when you reach a goal, give yourself a reward:

  1. Watch a movie.
  2. have a delicious snack.
  3. Meet your friends.
  4. Go to the café.


Ekwensi, F., Moranski, J., & Townsend-Sweet, M., (2006). E-learning concepts and techniques. Retrieved November 8, 2010, from

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