The Psychology of Learning a Language
Your mindset makes or breaks your results when learning a language.
Today's post won't be about the practicalities of learning Dutch or using Learn Practice. It will go much deeper.
Today, we'll discuss your attitude toward learning, not only Dutch, but any skill you want.
Because your attitude determines your actions, and your actions determine your results.
Let's start with a question.
How Do You Feel When You Can't Answer a Question on Learn Practice?
- Do you feel bad?
- Do you feel demotivated?
- Do you feel discouraged?
- Do you think that you don't have the talent to learn Dutch?
- Do you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel?
If that's you, I have good news and bad news for you.
The bad news is that you have a fixed mindset, and that will disrupt your learning process.
The good news is that you can switch from fixed mindset to growth mindset.
What Does It Take to Switch from Fixed Mindset to Growth Mindset?
Sometimes, it's enough to learn about the difference between the fixed mindset and growth mindset.
In other cases, you have to make a conscious effort to make the switch.
How to do that?
- Become aware of your thoughts and feelings that come from the fixed mindset.
- Let them go and replace them with thoughts that come from a growth mindset.
Examples of Thoughts Based on Growth Mindset
- The more I practice, the better I get.
- The only thing that separates me from proficiency in Dutch is the amount of effort I put in, and that's completely in my own hands.
- It doesn't matter how many times I answer a question incorrectly. I'll eventually drill the correct answer in my brain through practice.
- By practicing 15 minutes a day for a year, I build a fundamental Dutch vocabulary and upgrade my grammar.
- I never waste a mistake on Learn Practice. I learn from my errors via quiz reviews.
- I feel good whenever I make a mistake on Learn Practice because every mistake on Learn Practice is a learning opportunity.
- The more mistakes I make, the more data the system collects about my Dutch. The system uses that data to serve me with questions specific to my needs.
You can apply the growth mindset to any skill in your life, not just learning a language. It's a fundamental factor in your success in life.
Do you want to learn more about the growth mindset? Read the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.
Do you want to develop a growth mindset? Write down the growth mindset thoughts on an index card and read them several times every day.
Founder of Learn Practice
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- Every Mistake Is a Learning Opportunity on Learn Practice
- Never Waste an Incorrect Answer on Learn Practice!
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.