For English learners, writing can really be a great way to study when you’re not in class or with a tutor. Committing to write every day helps your vocabulary, spelling, grammar and even your conversation abilities (because often people write something as they would try to say it!).
I suggest my students keep a notebook and spend about 30 minutes each day writing. It doesn’t matter what you write about, it can be anything, it’s the act of writing and committing to the process. Writing by hand is better than by computer, as it supposedly activates more memory retention.
Daily Writing Log Plan: Spend 15 minutes writing about anything. (below are some ideas to motivate your pen^^). Don’t take a break and keep your pen moving for the whole time. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling or making mistakes – simply write. At the end of your writing time, spend another 15 minutes correcting some of your spelling mistakes, adding in vocabulary words that you need to look up in a dictionary, and fixing grammar. Don’t worry about correcting it all, just do what you can in 15 minutes.
Writing topics to get you started:
- Describe the weather
- Talk about how to cook your favourite food
- Tell about your last vacation
- Describe your dream wedding/vacation/date
- Talk about your family’s history
- Describe a school subject
- Tell about your study plans for the next year
- Outline the plot and characters of a book you just read
- Describe your surroundings – especially good in a coffee shop!
- And in case that’s not enough, here’s 1000 ideas for writing.
The Daily Writing Log is a tool that my students have found helpful. If you’d like to join in one of my classes or have private tutoring lessons here in Mok-dong, Seoul, please contact me for more information.