How to Remember What You Learned In English

Have you ever felt that you keep forgetting what you learned in English?


This happens when we learn English as a school subject for a lot of phrases and grammar rules. These rules, words, and phrases don’t stay in mind longer. You may not be able to remember these rules when you need to use them.

This process of learning and forgetting useful items may be frustrating for a lot of beginners. I must tell you that this is a common problem with learning everything, not only English.

You may have questions; What to do to get rid of this problem? How to remember what you learned so that you can use it confidently whenever needed?

Don’t worry, below are some tips for you to remember the rules and words so that you are not out of words whenever needed.

Practice Gets Perfection

You do not have to study for the entire day, not even for long hours. Just practice a few minutes every day. Studying for a few minutes every day is better than taking lessons for an entire single day. When you practice for a small-time period, you constantly refresh your knowledge. This way the rules will be easier to remember and come to mind faster whenever needed.

All of us have busy schedules due to work or study. There is no doubt that we don’t have enough time to practice. This is a major reason why people don’t practice. However, with proper 10-20 minutes of practice every day, you will see good changes within the first month.

Picturize your learning


Whenever you go to a class or attend any sessions online, make sure that you make notes. Take the main points of the lesson and note them down as per your understanding. Note down examples from the class along with the rules. I suggest keeping handwritten notes in a notebook. Handwritten notes are better than copying and pasting a lesson from any website. You don’t need to visit the website or look through the rulebook every time. If you just copy-paste without any modification in examples, you may forget your stuff easily. The action of writing down your notes will help your knowledge last longer. If there is enough time, write your summary of the information.

One best advice for note creation is making pictures, drawings, or any characters to relate with your learning. You don’t need to be good at the arts. Just make some objects which you can understand whenever you refer to the notes next time. Our brain is better at remembering images than text. Try this, it will surely help.

Make Sentences on Your Own

We learn new rules, and words but can’t remember them on time when those are needed the most. The best way to remember the rules and words is to make real-life comments on objects or actions happening around you.

For example: If you see any person watering the plants in the morning, make a sentence like: He is watering the plants.

You will remember the words and rules connected to the picture. Not only the picture but the text will also be saved in your mind.

When you learn a new word or grammar structure rule, your coach will probably show you many examples to help you understand better. You can make some other examples which are connected to your life. This personal connection with examples will help you hold the concept and meaning for a longer period.

Suppose you learned a new word ‘Tall’. Think of some people who are tall and make sentences about them. Like: Khali is tall.

When you learn about the future tense, write your plans. When you learn about past tense, write examples about your past experiences.

When you follow this, you practice and relate your life with examples. This way, you’ll easily remember the words whenever needed.

Receive, Relate, Reflect, and Review

Try to understand the rules, relate with your life, and reflect by using them in real life. Review the previous lesson notes before you start a new lesson. Revise your one week’s learning on a single day without doing anything new, this won’t take a lot of time. It is scientifically proven that we remember more information when we revise it over time. Follow the below order to practice:

Receive the knowledge and make notes > Relate with your life and create examples > Reflect by speaking it out loud > Review what you learned before proceeding to the next lesson.

Many language learners have followed this cycle. It will keep your brain engaged so that you don’t run out of expressions when you try to speak in English the next time.

I believe you will use these tips and remember the words and grammar structure.

September 8, 2021

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