Creating a Study Routine

I often answer this question with a vague answer. Something like “It depends on the person”. This is true. But there is more we can talk about.

Step 1: Make it Regular

  • Study every day (1 hour best) = 15 days a year
  • Make one place for your study (but don’t be afraid to leave it sometimes)
  • Choose morning or evening
  • No one has free time – make time!
  • Be realistic – don’t pick 1 hour if you can’t stick to it

Step 2: What to Study?

  • Creating the study routine is the first step, but it will be hard to follow if you don’t have a plan of what to study

  • Cover all the key skills – speaking, listening, reading, writing

  • (vocabulary and grammar can be studied along with each skill)


  • 15 minutes of reading – note down new vocabulary and grammar
  • 15 minutes of listening and focusing on the language
  • 15 minutes make some example sentences with the new words/grammar
  • 15 minutes flashcards studying those words
  • Also, 1 or 2 days a week of speaking practice with an online teacher

Adapt the routine (don’t study writing if you don’t need it)

It should be fun.

Step 3: Integrate English Into Your Life

Now that you have created your study time and routine, you can take it one step further.


  • listen to English podcasts while driving to work.
  • write all your ‘To Do’ lists in English, instead of your native language
    listen to English music more often
  • change your phone or social media language settings to English

Get creative and see how much English you can add to your life!

Problem: I Feel Like I’m Not Improving

Don’t worry – this is normal.

  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • Review your old English notes or audio
Intermediate Plateau

Even though it might feel like you’re not improving, keep going! Language learning is a series of ups and downs – the next ‘up’ is just around the corner.


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10 thoughts on “#2 Creating a Study Routine”

  1. Hi
    Thank you very much for your help.
    I want to share that l wake up with you every morning 🙂 i find your advice very helpful.
    I would like to speak with you on line also.
    ( Did i just wrote all of this by myself ?:))
    My goel is to improve my confidence of / in speaking. I feel like embarrassed to speak allowed….
    Thanks 💕

    1. Thanks so much, Noa! I’m glad the podcast has become a part of your day. Keep working on your confidence and speaking! The only way to overcome embarrassment is practice. You can do it 💪

  2. Hello Michael 🙂
    I don’t know if it make sense to rewrite your notes page but I’ve started doing it (is it a good construction?) It makes it fun for me. I think I better understand it then and in the same time I practice my (hand)writing. I don’t know how many episodes I’ll rewrite but I think it could be one way of learning. What do you think about it? Of course, in the same time I listen episode which I rewrite 🙂
    Thank you so much for your work 🙂

    1. That’s an interesting idea! Based on your second sentence, it sounds like a great idea! I hear lots of creative ways to practice English, and writing summaries and just generally noting things down can be a great way to consolidate new information. Ultimately, if you find it enjoyable and useful, keep doing it!
      Hope it goes well. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  3. Ku Harmi Ku Ahmad

    Thanks again Michael on your sincere guidance. I’ll learn English step by step until I feel confidence communicating & writing.

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