Weekly Tip: Stay focused on YOUR progress, and your progress only

Weekly Tip: Stay focused on YOUR progress, and your progress only

This week 2 students told me that they were not going to continue taking classes at PBO, because they are feeling discouraged that another student in their class had moved up and not them.

They are feeling disheartened, therefore giving up. This is the worst time to give up. If you’re feeling let down with your progress, you may want to ask yourself why you’re not moving forward as quickly as you would like.

  • Is it because you’re not putting as much effort into it as you once did?
  • Is it because you’re not strengthening your weaker skills?
  • Is it because you’re not working on your Spanish consistently?

There are so many reasons why you may not be advancing as quickly as someone else and it’s important to figure out why.

One thing I would like to mention is that in a conversation class, what we put the most emphasis on when we are looking to move someone up, is their fluidity. If you were in a grammar class, the emphasis would be on your grammar…but our classes are meant to help you improve your conversation skills above all. Yes, we also take notice of your grammar, your comprehension skills, your vocabulary, etc., but they carry a bit less weight than your ability to communicate, in this type of class. It’s very possible that if you were taking a grammar class, you might be in a higher level than another student.

If you’re feeling discouraged, may I recommend talking to your teacher and listening with an open mind. If you’re honest with yourself and understand what it is that you need to do to improve, hopefully you will feel inspired rather than ready to give up.

I would also like to mention that when you stop working on your Spanish altogether, you will lose quite a bit. When you’re ready to pick it up again you will probably want to kick yourself for giving up previously. This isn’t about continuing to take classes at PBO specifically, this is about working on your Spanish in one way or another.