As English language learners around the world adjust to managing their educational opportunities at home, we would like to offer some tips for effective at-home studying and learning.
- Explore available online test preparation resources. Visit the Michigan Language Assessment Test Preparation Resource Library to access free activity sheets, sample tests, videos, and more.
- Build a study plan. At the beginning of the week, schedule study blocks, and plan out the activities that you hope to accomplish.
- Find a quiet work space. Try to find a room or corner of your house or apartment that is quiet. A quieter space is ideal for focusing. If you don’t have a private space available, try using headphones to play white noise or instrumental music while you study.
- Don’t multitask. Your studying session will be most effective if you plan to focus on studying for a set period of time. Set a timer for 20-30 minutes, and stay away from social media, television, or other distractions during that time.
- Take breaks. Remember to give your brain a rest! Plan to take several breaks during your study sessions. Stand up, move around, and give your eyes a break from looking at a screen.
- Schedule a group study session. Reach out to classmates or your teachers to schedule a video or phone call. You can practice your listening and speaking skills by having a conversation, or review a worksheet or sample test together.
Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your next week of learning at home. Remember that you are not alone—there are many students who are adjusting to online learning just like you are!