This is a guest blog post from Alex Podtynny. Alex is a teacher and the author of the book; Boost Your Learning! If you are working on improving your own memory or interested in helping your students to develop their learning habits then I recommend that you have a read.
Hi! I'm Alex Podtynny, an ESL teacher, translator and writer. I really enjoy helping people to achieve their goals in learning. I have Master's degree in Education. After graduating from my university in 2012 I've been teaching English to adults as well as to children, mostly as a tutor. I've travelled quite a lot and now I live in Mariupol, Ukraine, with my beautiful wife, Lily.
The Biggest Mistake a Learner can Make
As I am a teacher, I often speak to people about learning. And I like to ask one question: "What do you consider the biggest mistake a learner can make?" My answer to this question is: a learner can lose motivation. In the context of studying nothing can be worse. If you get a bad mark, if you fail many exams, if you write the word mother with five mistakes, it's not the worst problem. You simply need to go on learning. But if you lose motivation, you will not learn anymore. I mean you won't really learn, probably. You may attend classes but you will hardly learn anything.
Here are some essential DOs and DON'Ts about motivation:
First, there is no use in envying or self-pitying. It is obvious. There is simply no use — it won't help! Second, easy success has serious "side effects". Many people can get relaxed because of it and be unable to overcome difficulties when they finally face them. They don't usually have good self-discipline. They just don't need it as long as they can easily achieve their goals. I remember a movie about an excellent pilot. She was the best of the best. So, she was included in a team that was preparing for a very serious mission. But all of a sudden one of her trainers said: "You are not ready". She was stunned: "Why, my results are so good!" The answer was: "It is because you have had only such perfect results so far, you are not ready." She had never faced a situation that was too difficult for her. She had never felt really frustrated — and she had never learned to cope with her frustration. But everybody knew, that in the future, she would almost certainly face fear and frustration. And she may not be ready for it.
Every person has a different path in this life. It is true that some people enjoy better memory and sometimes don't have to work very hard to study well. But they have other problems that we don't have. And funny as it is, they may envy us for different reasons! Instead of envying, we should focus on achieving our goals. And then we will succeed!
Would you like to get more tips about motivation in learning? Are you interested in boosting your mental capacity? Then, please, download my new ebook "Boost Your Learning"