Sometimes someone uses a bad method of language learning and succeeds anyway, while someone else uses a great method and fails. Why?
How can some people use very ineffective methods (and still make them work) while others can take great methods and fail miserably.
Your Emotional Response to Your Learning Method Determines if You Will Succeed or Fail
When I looked at the emotional responses of language students to their language learning opportunities, I think I found the answer.
Did the student get excited about learning grammar with only a dry textbook? If so, she probably went on to succeed.
If she felt neutral, bored, or stressed with great learning software like this web site, she probably failed.
Good Emotions Lead to Success
Do your emotions really affect how much you learn? Absolutely. But you still have to be using a method that really works. A lot of so called “learning” games are a lot of fun, but there isn’t much learning.
Once you have a method that really works, anything that you can do that helps you feel better will make it 10 times more effective.
Stressful Emotions Lead to Failure
Everyone who stresses out or worries about learning will either eventually get over their stress or fail. It’s that simple. There are no exceptions.
That’s why we put so much emphasis on feeling good whether you get the answer right or wrong.
If today’s study didn’t make you feel good, you probably won’t come back again and do it tomorrow!
So relax, take a deep breath, and learn to enjoy your mistakes.