I haven’t quite figured out how to study. Maybe this is a process I will refine over time.
Here is how I am studying the Korean Digital Academy material.
- Watch the KDA videos.
- Write down the new vocabulary words in my notebook.
- Read the class reading. (Korean sentences with English meaning)
- Remove all the English from the reading and import it to LingQ.
- Go through in LingQ looking up any words I do not know.
- Read it through once in all Korean, looking back to original document if I can’t figure out the meaning.
- Import the sentences into Memrise. Match the audio files to the right sentences.
- Work my way through the Memrise deck. For each sentence, create a “mem”. Printscreen and save as a flashcard.
- Memrise forces me to see the sentence 4 times, the last time a race against the clock where I have to type REALLY fast. The final type-the-whole-sentence does point out where I might not fully understand it, but it is also difficult to get it right because I can’t remember the exact form (politeness level, word order, whether the subject has been omitted, etc.)
- Return to Lingq another day and work the flashcards for the words I am learning.
- Return to Memrise another day, by now I have forgotten the exact sentences, and see if I can rearrange the words before the buzzer to make sentences. This I prefer to do on my smartphone, since that doesn’t have the timer and doesn’t make me type the whole sentence. Yet to do that means uninstalling, reinstalling, and downloading all the Memrise decks so it can recognize the new level I added.
- Try to use the new grammar concept in chats with Koreans. Often find I can’t work it into the conversation. Often find I have forgotten something and get it wrong.
- Record myself on audio saying the sentences.
- Skip the step of doing the practice pages, and go straight to reading the answers. This admittedly is a weakness in my studying. I find the practice pages too hard. I usually have no idea how to answer them. I suspect I am suppose to actually be LEARNING here. This is the point where I am suppose to be applying the grammar we learned in the class, and I can’t.
- Write about the grammar concept in my blog or surf the net for other places where this concept is taught, to try to reinforce the concept in my brain. Maybe make it into a game I can play. This is where colorforms, felt, puzzle pieces, crayons, etc. come out. My brain tries to work through the concept in play time.
- Online class where we cover using the grammar concept, and I stumble painfully through.
- After class, we are sent the slides, and I know I SHOULD review them, but mostly I shove them aside because I have moved on to the next week’s class. I mean to get back to review later, really I do …
Quite frankly, the sentences in Memrise are a BEAR. I create a flashcard deck that is too hard for me to complete, so it keeps presenting the sentences to me over and over.
My process is way too time consuming. It is a bit fun making the Memrise deck, but it is too difficult to actually USE the Memrise deck. As Level 2 progressed, I began using other people’s flashcard decks which only had the vocabulary words, instead of my process with whole sentences. That makes more sense. Learn the vocabulary, understand the concept, then you don’t have to memorize all the sentences in the reading, just a few samples. Then the vast majority of my time isn’t sucked up by working my impossible Memrise deck, which only allows me to memorize specific sentences, but not really get the grammar concept KDA is trying to teach.
My learning process sort of sucks.
I am open to suggestions! How do you do it?