Review and repetition are essential stages in creating long term memory.
The last few blogs should have given you lots of ideas of what you can do to actually learn something. Today, I want to talk about the importance of reviewing what you have learned so that the information learned can become your long term memory; or moved from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind.
If an idea is used within 24 hours of seeing or hearing about it, it is much more likely to be used permanently. So some ways to practise/review what you’ve learned in your online lessons/tutorials.
Completion of homework exercises. These just demonstrate what you have learned on line or in your tutorial and enable you to apply what you have learned to your own life. It is a very exciting part of your language learning journey.
The VLLC learning method uses three deliveries – completion of online lesson, tutorial and completion of homework tasks. The homework should be done within 24 hours of either your online lesson or tutorial. Make the homework tasks real – don’t just answer the question or complete the exercise – make them a reflection of YOUR life.
Review. Think about what you have just learned and put your own words into new language structures. Say the sentences out loud. Questions and answers. If you are reviewing a statement – imagine asking the question to get that answer; if you are reviewing a question – imagine different ways you could answer it.