This post is a Smart Student Secrets members exclusive.
I was studying spanish at the time. Watching television in Spanish seemed like a good idea.
I had read the idea in a few blogs and I was pumped to give it a shot.
I figured I could spend hours watching shows in Spanish and in no time I would be picking up more and more new words. From the things I read online, (silly me) it sounded like a great idea.
Within the first 5 minutes of watching my first spanish television show I noticed the problem.
I couldn’t care less about the television show. I was completely zoning out. When I really forced myself to focus I was able to make some progress but it was a constant struggle. By the end of the first show, something started to click.
I hate watching television!
It’s true… I thought watching television in Spanish would help me learn while I really don’t enjoy watching television in English.
Whenever I do sit down while a television is on my brain zones off to think about more entertaining things like how cool it would be to see a giant kangaroo race a train!
This is a bit of a silly example because it seems so obvious but it’s a problem that a lot of students accidentally step into.
You shouldn’t try to learn in a way that you don’t normally spend your day. If you don’t watch television then you shouldn’t watch it to try and learn for fun. If you don’t read books then you probably shouldn’t try to learn through books for fun.
Notice the words “for fun.”
In general the 15MSS is my goto strategy for stuff I have to learn.
If you’re learning something for fun then you can get creative.
While you’re getting creative, try not to get too creative.
Immersion isn’t about flipping your life upside-down to immerse yourself. It’s about learning to live with more of the subject.
(The valuable part about moving to another country to learn the language isn’t the moving. It’s the fact that you’re using that language to eat and do all the things you normally do. If you’re like me and cooped up on the internet all day, it doesn’t help!)
The Secret To Success
I’ve worked with students for over a decade now –
There is a thing that all successful students (and I suspect all successful people at anything) have in common…
It’s this thing that can come off as crazy – wrong-headed – almost embarrassing.
But those of us that see it and understand it know –
It’s not embarrassing. It’s not wrong-headed. And it’s not crazy. It’s actually one of the most powerful forces in the world.
When I see someone that understands and applies this, I know they’re a person I can trust to get something done. It’s like a secret handshake. It’s like our personal secret conspiracy we’re using to take over the world. And most people just dismiss it.
In fact, I can tell you right now and 95% of you are going to dismiss it.
And only 5% of you will do it.
The secret: Do it. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, do something else.
If you’re ready to do it – to succeed extraordinarily in academics and life then let me send you the details by putting in your email below and checking the box.
Or you can let that doubt take over. That’s your business.