It is a radical idea, but I wonder what would happen if I tried NOT to learn anything new for a month?
I need serious spring cleaning and organizing of my language learning resources.
I want to go back and review what I have learned. However, I have so much new input every day that I never seem to find time to do the less exciting work.
What if I unplugged from the Internet for a while? Read no new books. Cruised no new forums.
Just looked at all the material I have gathered in the past 3 months and tried to digest and absorb it?
I can’t completely unplug. Of course I want to still write/chat/call my Korean friends and visit the Dramabeans Open Thread and take my online class.
However, I think I could benefit from putting my educational house in order. Finding the bottom of my desk. Neatening up the bookshelves. Make up all those flash cards, compile a comprehensive list of known vocabulary, reread the books to see if now I fully comprehend their Korean lessons.
Basically, what if I realized I already have enough material to study? What if instead of being on the hunt for new ideas, I just tried to REALLY LEARN what I have already seen at least once?
So perhaps I need to just sit for a while and let things settle. Take a breath.
Maybe part of successful self learning is knowing when to ask yourself “What do I need now?”