Many language learners and learning institutions have now gone online these days. However, as convenient as it is to learn from home, our living spaces aren’t exactly conducive to learning right from the beginning.
To ensure that you can study effectively, here are a few tips on how you can make your home conducive to learning Chinese online.
Don’t make your learning space too comfortable
Many make the mistake of making their dedicated study area too comfortable. The result? Their mind doesn’t recognise it as a place of learning and study. Instead, it sees it as a place of rest and relaxation, which is not a suitable mindset for any learning endeavour.
Make sure that your learning space only contains the essentials, such as a good chair and a desk for your books and other learning materials. And this should already go without saying, but your bed is not an ideal learning space.
Invest in good lighting
If you can’t place your desk in a place where there is good lighting, such as near windows, invest in a bright lamp that can keep your desk adequately lit throughout your study sessions. Doing so helps in reducing your eye strain and allows you to study for longer.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up
The worst thing that you can do when learning a new language is to spend the entirety of it sitting down in front of a desk and studying with a coursebook. Because you’re at home, you have the freedom to do more interesting things other than reading books. A fine example to shake things up would be to practice your listening comprehension with the help of Chinese media, such as TV shows, music, and films. You might also want to look for a conversation partner online that can help you practice your other language skills while at home.
Keep it free from clutter and noise
Without a doubt, the most effective study areas are those that resemble a standard learning environment. And although total silence is not exactly what we’d call a conducive study space, keeping noise to a minimum is the best.
Sure, you can listen to music to try and make learning more interesting every once in a while. However, don’t rely on it too much. This is because there are studies that indicate that relying on music to keep yourself entertained while studying has proven to lower productivity. The reason for this is because your mind can’t focus all of its processing power on learning the language. So if you must listen to music, do try to put on something without lyrics, like lo-fi music.
It’s hard to turn your home into a conducive learning space on such short notice, but it’s not impossible. There are a lot more things that you can do to create your ideal environment for learning at home. However, it will take a lot of time, effort, and patience. But eventually, you’ll achieve that study environment that’s perfect for your needs. When that time comes, you’ll then be able to learn Mandarin online as effectively as if you were in an actual classroom.