Notebooks ?

How many people use notebooks to write new vocab ? I do and i guess I find it helpful but when im doing a test or lesson should I allow myself to look at my notes for the answer as revision or should i skip it and revise after ?

I just want to know what learning strategies you guys use for learning :D

November 29, 2019


I use notebooks - both physical ie the back of my class exercise book - and electronic ie a Word document. The former is used to create paper flashcards for cramming vocab while at school. Then it and my Word docs are used to create electronic decks for drilling when I have more time.

I treat the DL translations as I would a class exercise - no cheating. If you get into the habit of relying on looking things up your brain doesn't need to memorize them. But then I also spend dedicated time reviewing and learning vocab. If you do not revise (or use a word for real) you will forget it.

November 30, 2019

I am similar but I let myself look up works in my physical dictionary because I actually figure out the word. Using google is just a bit too easy and leads to bad habits.

December 1, 2019

Flash cards is a great idea. Thank you

November 30, 2019

It's totally a personal thing. I used to use one for Korean, but found that it simply wasn't helpful for me. Some people use notebooks religiously, and that's great! Whatever helps you learn is great, but it may take some experimentation. Youc an try notebooks, flashcards, etc. and see what helps you personally.

I will say, though, that it's almost always better to skip a question you don't know the answer to and come back to it later. This is a form of "spaced repetition," and it aids in retention for most people. If you're using the Duolingo app and you're worried about losing hearts, then it should be fine to look at the answer and type that, but in my experience, the more mistakes you can make (and later correct, of course), the better. That's why I mainly use Duolingo on my PC now, and why I dislike the hearts system so much, but that's a discussion unto itself lol.

Hope this helps some, and happy learning :)

November 30, 2019

Yeah, i try to use my PC most of the time too. its a better learning experience, an there's less stress (over losing hearts).

November 30, 2019

I think it's an individual choice. The act of writing things down alone has always helped me to remember things, but I never refer to my notes. I prefer to get it wrong, correct my mistakes and learn to keep it in my memory, because after all when it comes to speaking a language, you won't have time to refer to your notes.

When it comes to verb conjugations in some languages, it takes some time to learn the rules and learning verb conjugations needs more rote type learning. I try to learn tenses as separate verbs (in some languages).

The written word in the ancient world was regarded as having almost magical properties (for example runes), and whole civilisations sprung up as a result of it. It's a way of preserving thoughts.

Every time I make a mistake it's like finding treasure. It's like wow! This is an opportunity to improve my language skills. It's important to keep that attitude and not get discouraged. If I referred to my notes, I'd make fewer mistakes but for me, it's less likely to sink in. So treasure your mistakes and learn from them. Just make sure you understand why you made the mistake before moving on.

Repetition and immersion are the keys to thinking on your feet, but as I said, it's an individual choice. Not everybody learns the same way and it also depends on what stage you are at.

November 30, 2019

If you find it helpful, do it. A lot of people do.

Looking at the notes? Your decision. Maybe try it both ways and then go back to it and see how much of it you remember a week later.

November 29, 2019

I'd be lost without my handwritten notes. Just wish I had been more organized when I first started. Learning as I go. I also have a hard cover dictionary within reach at all times. I was able to study at length Wed even though we were without power. I wouldn't be without my old school tools!

November 30, 2019

Notebooks are invaluable. Having entered the wrong answer twice and memorising it for my third, frustratingly wrong attempt, I thought "Must write it down for next time!" Have been doing this ever since. It works well as a calming reminder and I've learnt much more this way. So yes indeed, notebooks are extremely useful. Happy learning!

November 30, 2019

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