If you want to level up not only should you immerse yourself in English-language content but you should also be mindful of the quality of this content.
We are absolutely inundated with content and information these days, especially with social media. It’s on you to be selective about the content you consume.
What’s best is to curate content and tailor it to your needs and interests.
At the end of the day we are only as good as the type of content we digest. So we need to choose mindfully what we ingest.
That being said, I’m going to share some points to think about as you select the content that will help you be your best self and immerse yourself in.
Let’s go for it~!
(1) What’s your goal?
Knowing your WHY is very important. This will help you choose content that helps you achieve your goals. Having goals in mind will allow you to be selective about what you spent your time on. If your goal is to learn how to use specific software you can find tutorials on how to do that. If your goal is to improve your English and communication skills our content at Advanced English and Explearning Communications can help you achieve that. If your goal is to improve your math skills, you can work on some problem solving and equations. Or let’s say you want to learn how to play piano, there are free resources for that, too! Just about everything you want to know is available at your fingertips to learn. So make sure you set those goals and then pursue the content that will help you obtain those goals, without getting distracted by less quality content.
(2) Be always growing
Be on the lookout for opportunities to grow and learn. When you’re a lifelong learner you’re mind will stay sharp, you’ll be able to communicate with people across cultures and generations, and you’ll keep yourself curious. Not only is this helpful to stave off aging, it’s also a wonderful way to stave off boredom. Learn new skills, acquire new strategies and choose English as the medium of instruction when you do for that extra language boost!
(3) Time is finite
As humans, we know that our time on this earth is finite. Meaning, since we don’t have infinite time, we realize that time is our more precious resource. We need to be mindful of how we expend it. Do you ever scroll through social media and end up spending hours just to find that you’ve been scrolling through your apps but not really learning anything of import? And when you look at the clock, you can't understand how much time you’ve spent? That’s what I’m getting at here. And it reiterates the importance of setting goals. If you want to scroll, then set a timer on your phone and schedule it in. That way it’s not mindless doom scrolling, but rather deliberate scrolling. And it will also help you honor the fact that time is finite. Once it’s spent we can’t get it back. And unlike money, which we can make more of, we can make more time. Having this perspective will enable you to make smarter decisions about how much and what type of content you consume. Being selective about only consuming high quality content that will enhance your life is also a way to appreciate that you want to spend your time wisely.
Immersing yourself in content that not only gets you closer to your goals to help you realize your dreams, but it also gives you an opportunity to focus on a language that you’re working on and make it a goal of learning these skills through an English-language medium, say for instance, if your goal is also to improve your English. For example, if you’re interested in space travel and there’s a book abou it in English, why not read it in English? Or if you’re curious about the Amazon Rainforest, why not watch a documentary about it in English with English subtitles? Do you see what I’m getting at here? Not only do you want to carefully curate the kind of content you consume, but be smart about the way you’re consuming it. And experiment with different media as well, for example, film, documentary, audio, and written form (books, journal articles, educational blogs, etc.) WHenever you can, create opportunities for learning that will set you up for success in the near and far future.
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