3 Wrong methods of Studying Korean

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Today, I would like to introduce the top 3 worst ways to study Korean that you should not do.

I basically think that everyone should have their own ways of studying.

However, the 3 wrong ways to study Korean I’m going to introduce today are typical patterns of inefficient study methods for anyone.

Moreover, this is a pattern that beginners, especially those who have just started studying Korean, tend to end up.

In this article, I have ranked the top 3 worst study methods based on my own judgment.

These are as follows.

Worst 3: Not outputting
Worst 2: Distracted studying
The worst: Not setting goals and plans

If you are doing any of the wrong study methods described here, please refer to this and reconsider your study methods.

If you do, you will be able to study in the shortest possible time without wasting time or money.

Furthermore, I will explain what kind of study you should do, so please stay with me till the end .

Now let’s look at them one by one!

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Worst 3: Not outputting

The third worst study method is not doing any output.This is indeed not good.

There is input and output in language learning.

In fact, there are very few people who are aware of this.

And most people only do input learning.

Input is the act of taking in new information, and output is the act of taking out as your own thing.

Reading and studying reference books is considered input learning.

You will see a lot of exemplary Korean sentences and answers.

However, if you are done just with it, your knowledge will remain useless.

For example, if you learn how to introduce yourself in a textbook, most people probably won’t be able to introduce themselves even if they are asked to do so.

In other words, if you don’t practice using the knowledge you’ve taken in beforehand, you won’t be able to use it when the time comes.

On the contrary, if you have practiced such output enough, you will be able to understand the meaning of what you have learned more deeply.

Therefore, as those who have taken my beginner’s course know, we actually read it aloud and try to pronounce it with our own mouths after listening to a conversation in my courses.

Also, I always give the students homework to write a composition at the end of the course.

Once I show them my model answers, I ask them to write their own sentences in their own words.

For the vocabulary homework, I don’t just ask the students to memorize the words, but I also ask them to try the quiz after memorizing them.

This is because students think they have memorized the words by looking at them most of the time.

You need to take the knowledge you have memorized and pull it out of your head.

Then, you can confirm whether you have actually acquired the knowledge by checking if your knowledge is correct or not.

Knowledge learned through input alone has a low retention rate, but knowledge learned through output has a high retention rate.

I’m going to tell you something important now.

“Output immediately after you input!” This is the hard core principle of efficient language learning.

Worst 2: Distracted studying

The second worst study method that you should not do is distracted studying.

Distracted studying is something like studying while watching TV or playing with your phone.

Humans cannot concentrate on many things at a time.

Therefore, studying while watching TV or playing with your phone is not really studying.

Also, people’s ability to concentrate does not increase in an instant, but requires a certain amount of time, so if you are studying while watching TV, you are studying without being able to concentrate.

TV is not a problem if you don’t go to the room where the TV is, but it is more difficult to handle a smartphone as it is something you carry around with you all day long.

My recommendation is to turn off your phone while studying, and even leave it in the next room if you can.

It is very important to keep distracting things out of your sight. Also, make sure to clean your desk first when you study.

Make sure that there is nothing on your desk that is not related to your studies.

It may seem obvious, but the best way to concentrate on your studies is to create an environment where you don’t have to think about anything other than your studies.

Of course, some people may find it difficult to turn off their phones or other devices because they may receive a call from someone important.

But for example, just putting it on vibrate and keeping it out of sight can be effective.

Try not to have your phone on your study desk as much as possible.

Also, the most controversial aspect of distracted studying is music.

Many of you might say that you study while listening to music.

Some people say that it helps them concentrate better.

However, although there are people who like to study while listening to music, I don’t think I’ve heard of many people who have improved their grades by studying while listening to music.

If you are currently in the habit of studying while listening to music, try studying without listening to music for even a week.

Then, you can decide which one is better for your study.

Also, I don’t think music is a problem as long as you can hear it like a noise.

I sometimes study in cafes, and I don’t mind at all if there is music playing that I don’t know or am not interested in.

On the other hand, I don’t think it’s a good idea to study while listening to your favorite songs that make you want to sing along.

The Worst: Not setting goals and plans

Lastly, here is the worst mistake you can make.

That is, not setting goals and plans.

This is something you should never do.

Do you have a clear goal and a plan for studying Korean?

Probably, most of you started learning Korean because you like Korean dramas or K-POP idols.

However, that is not a goal, but a motive.

In fact, if you only use this motivation to learn Korean, you will lose your persistence when the learning process gets difficult.

We can work hard because there is a clear goal of your effort.
So, your should be excited to achieve the goal.

On the other hand, people who don’t have their goals definitely have a higher rate of setbacks than those who do.

Therefore, it is important to go one step further from having a motive to having a clear goal.

For example, an example of a goal would be “I want to be able to send a heartfelt letter to a K-pop idol” instead of “I’m going to study because I like ____, a K-pop idol.”

When you turn this motivation into a goal, your motivation goes up manyfold!

At least, I’ve never met anyone who said they lost motivation after setting a goal.

I encourage you to set goals that you are excited about and that you definitely want to achieve.

And there is one element that every goal needs.

It is a deadline.

Set a date for when you want to achieve the goal.

It is okay to start with something vague.

A goal becomes alive only when you put a date on it.

On the other hand, if your goal has no deadline, the probability of achieving it is quite low.


Next, let’s talk about planning.

Do you have a study plan?

For example, the reference book you are currently working on, what date do you plan to finish it?

With any kind of learning, having a plan and not having a plan can actually make a huge difference in your study efficiency.

One of the reasons for this is to understand your current situation.

First, you need to figure out how much of a gap there is between your ideal self and your current self.

Then, if you calculate the number of days left until your target deadline, you will know how much you need to work on today.

If you are studying while keeping track of where you are in your study and while knowing when your ability is likely to improve, you will definitely feel your growth.

However, if you don’t have a plan, you will be studying aimlessly, and just a little thing can make you less motivated and not continue studying, especially if you are studying on your own.

Another reason why you should set goals and plans is to make a promise to yourself.

We want to keep a promise that is made with someone.

It actually works the same way when you make a promise to yourself.

It is very important to put pressure on yourself in this way.

Of course, it also helps to declare your goals and plans to your family and friends if possible.

It’s like a last-ditch battle, you can do it because you feel like you have to.

And be sure to make it clear whether the goals and plans you set were followed or not.

For example, “By the end of the year, I will finish my beginner level reference books and write a heartfelt letter to my favorite idol and send it to her/him!” Things like that.

This way, your goal includes a deadline and is more specific, which will help you study harder and more effectively.

Please make a goal and a plan for your study.

The reason why I chose this “goal and plan” as 1st rank is because the most important thing in studying is not what textbook you use or who teaches you, but your motivation.

Motivation is so influential that it can outweigh even the study method is a little inefficient.

Therefore, I hope that you will manage your motivation by setting goals and making plans.

That’s all for now. I’ll see you next time.
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