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20 / 11 / 2006

SYSTEMATISE YOUR LEARNING: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

If you want to learn and maintain your English, you need to systematise your studies. You can't simply sign up for classes (or the Daily Vitamin) and expect to automatically learn English. You have to take control of the learning process and take responsibility for your progress (or lack thereof). You are the only one who can guarantee your success! It doesn't matter how good your English teacher/trainer is; if you don't collaborate, you won't learn very much.

Over the next few days we are going to focus on ideas for systematising your English studies; this time we will focus on Vocabulary Learning, but in future Daily Vitamins we will look at other areas.

But before we begin talking about systematising your English learning, it's important to have a clear overall ENGLISH OBJECTIVE; without an objective, you won't be able to create a PLAN, and without a plan you won't be able to systematise.

Think of it this way: your objective is your destination and your plan is your roadmap. Not having a clear objective is like beginning a journey without knowing where you are going. And the possibilities of you arriving to your destination in the least amount of time are much better if you have planned your journey with a good map.

What is your English Objective? What level of English would you like to have? What do you want to be able to do with English? Lead and/or participate in meetings? Speak on the telephone? Answer emails and other correspondence? Understand Films in their original version? Or perhaps you would like to get some type of English diploma to include on your CV. If you don’t have a clear English Objective, then you probably aren’t going to get very far.

Today we are going to give away 10 free three-month Daily Vitamin Plus! subscriptions to the best English Objective Statements (EOS), written in Spanish, Catalan or English. Don't be shy, send us your EOS. Tell us why you are learning English. Having an EOS is the first step in any serious plan to learn English.

Please post any questions or comments about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website.

Have a great day!