Studying grammar seems like a necessary evil for most students. Hours spent on studying leave us often with the impression that we just wasted time as we still make the same mistakes in speech or writing. Does it really need to be such a painful process?
The only key to solve those perennial problems is to change the methods of studying. Follow these steps to transform your grammar studies:
1. Imagine a young child learning its native language. It will not sit in front of a textbook, will it? Be like a child. Listen to others and repeat what you hear. This way you will learn how to use grammatical structures more effectively.
2. Before you throw away all your grammar books, hold on a second! They are still useful, however only if you start to take the full advantage of your most potent tool: the brain. Instead of reading grammatical rules, again and again, read them once, form your own sentences( remember: the most ridiculous or vivid, the better for your memory) that incorporate those rules and then close the book and try to remember your own sentences. This will make it easier to memorise rules that you have used to build your sentences.
3. The most excellent tip you may ever hear is to imagine that you are a teacher and you need to explain all the material you have studied to your students. This will enforce the process of learning and will help you remember and understand the topic for long. You are not able to teach something that you do not understand yourself, right? This is an excellent method that applies to anything you want to learn, not only languages.