Lesson Transcript

Being in planes, trains, and buses can be an uncomfortable experience for many people. Often, there are small, cramped seats, not many things to do, and sometimes the experience is even scary. Despite this, you often see people working in these environments. How do they do it?
In this video, you'll learn 3 tips to help you be able to study anywhere.
The first one is... Adjust to your environment.
Most of us would probably agree that a plane or a bus is NOT the best place to study. These environments are usually dark and cramped, and you may have a crying baby next to you. But the point is, there’s never a perfect time or a place to learn.
The reality is that a lot of us use transportation every day. We face environments that are typically considered unsuitable for study. Trains get crowded. You can’t do much in your car. Even in your own home, you’ll get distracted by the TV or Facebook or something. And some days, you’ll be sick, you’ll be tired, you’ll have dinner plans. Once you accept that there's rarely such a thing as the "perfect" time to study, you can start thinking about how to make the best of the environment you have at that time.
For example, if you ride a train, you might stand up for a long time. It might be difficult to focus on a book. In a case like this, you can use the Innovative Language 101 App to study, listen to the audio lessons, or do the Word of the Day by email. There are ways that you can learn in just about any situation. The point is, you need to adjust your study method to your environment.
So, take a look at your day and see where your time goes. Are there any gaps in between your activities where you feel like you can't study? And is there any way you can adjust?
Two: Take advantage of your limited time
We’ve surveyed tons of learners over the years and every year, we find that the number one reason most people don’t learn a language is they say they have no time. But there's a chance you may have some spare time to study; you might just not recognize it yet.
Let's say you commute for 30 minutes every day. You can ask yourself: “How do I put these next 30 minutes to use?”
Or, if you finish work at 7PM and spend an hour doing nothing, you can think about what you might do in that hour that will help you work towards your goals. You don’t have to use all 30 minutes of your commute or the full hour of your free time, but you can definitely fit in a short lesson or take other steps towards your goals.
Three: Have an on-and-off mindset
When you work, it can be really helpful to have a kind of on-off switch for when it’s time to work and time to rest. You can apply the same idea to your language studies.
When it's time to study, you can focus solely on that. You don't spend time THINKING about doing it; you just do it. It doesn't matter where you are or what kind of studying you're doing, as long as it gets done. And when you’re done with a lesson, reward yourself. It can be as simple as telling yourself "great job!" When you're finished with the time you promised yourself for studies, feel free to focus on the next thing.
In this video, we covered a few tips to help you study no matter where you are or how much time you have. It's all about having the right mindset.
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