Language and mind

August 11, 2012

How to grind effective – a brief intro

Filed under: cognitive progression, learning — teresapelka @ 5:07 pm

Inborn skills, gifts, and talents may become mediocre myths at exams. We either have the talent, gift, and inborn skill to ‘cram’, or we end up doomed to unfulfilled dreams of prospect.

Important: we never cram

(Try a new way with grammar for the advice below, if you please). :)

Travelers in Grammar I preview

Travelers in Grammar II preview

Chapter 1. The verbs BE, HAVE, and DO

Chapter 2. The verb WILL

Chapter 3. BE, HAVE, DO, and WILL in
tense patterns

Chapter 4. Simple, Progressive, and Perfect

Chapter 5. The Affirmative, Interrogative, and Negative

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Chapter 6. The Simple and the Perfect

Chapter 7. The Simple and the Progressive

Chapter 8. The Perfect Progressive

Chapter 9. Modal verbs, introduction

Modal verbs: form and reference

Modal verbs: hypothetical time

Modal verbs: time frame economy

Chapter 10. Form relativity

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Book tunnel


In Prague, the people made a book tunnel. Some describe it as a well of wisdom. The tunnel has been made of old copies. Mirrors give the illusion of it never ending. It is about 5 meters or 16 feet altogether. To me, it tells to choose own matter.

Important: we think what really matters to us

We do not learn to entertain the Muses. We give priority to what we could stay doing for living, and we work on it, at least a little, every day.

accessoriesImportant: we always think it over

Human memories are not artificial intelligence. We do not limit the time for skill to our learning time. We think about our matter, walking, washing or cleaning up.

We practice our memories and try to be as independent of notes and storage devices, as possible. This will pay at exams.


Important: we control our focus

We learn on trains, at railway stations (seriously), with the radio or television on (does not have to be loud). We will soon realize we do not really receive noise, though we are aware of its presence. Our focus in silence is going to become stronger.

Most important: we organize our

Aspect mappingWe can look at an object and try to think absolutely nothing. We are going to notice our inner processes to bring on associations. We can direct these processes, especially for language study. Travelers in Grammar have some practice, on page 21, exercise 4. Visualization also helps. Picture on the left is my representation for English Aspects, Simple, Progressive, Perfect, and Perfect Progressive.

Important: we use keywordsNote making

We make cursory notes. We may make brief recordings. We can focus on speech parts and choose nouns or verb structures. A word or two, from time to time — we see later if we ‘get ourselves’. In our thoughts, we can come up with keywords for possible test questions. It can be a pleasant surprise only, if we discover that real tests are not as detailed. ;)

Important: we relax

We never take ‘happy pills’. The artificial chemistry always competes against the natural brain messengers to make memories. Herbal teas are good: chamomile, melisa, or mint. We can listen to music, when we learn and work. My sample playlist is here. We do at least a few exercises, to stretch out.

Good luck!  

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