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Put In Your Reps

Take a look at these guys…

people working out

Then ask yourself. What’s this got to do with learning English?

Well.. I was talking to someone today about improving academic writing.

Academic writing…

Or in fact any style of writing…

Is a skill that has to be learned, practised and polished.

“Want to get better at it?” he said to me. “Put in your reps.”

‘Reps’ means repetitions.

As far as I know, it comes from weight lifting…

where “reps” is the number of times you life the wrights.

And isn’t that so true.

Want to be a good academic writer? Put in your reps.

Want to be a good English speaker? Put in your reps.

You don’t get good at ANYTHING without practising and honing the skill.

I’m not really happy with my academic writing right now. It doesn’t flow well.

So what am I going to do?

That’s right, I’m going to put in my reps…

And start doing more academic writing.

How about you?

Are you happy with your English right now?

Speaking as well as you’d like?

If not, I suggest you put in your reps, too.

For a start, you’ll want to join the Doing English Daily Newsletter.

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How to be a REMARKABLE English User

In anything there are people who get good, and people who get REALLY good.

There has been a lot of research into why people get REALLY good at something.

Including English.

(And actually, I am one of the people researching it!)

Today I’m going to talk about something else.

Not English.

Playing the violin.

In 1993 a group of scientists (Anders Ericsson, Ralf Krampe Clemens Tesch-Römer) decided to try and find out why some violinists become good, but others become REMARKABLE.

The research is available here.

Basically though, they found that people who get good practise a lot.

But people who get REALLY good practise is very focused, intense sessions.

They know what to do. And how to do it.

This is what having a consistent system, a structure does for you.

It is like a plan, or a map. You know EXACTLY what to do, how and why.

I made a video about this. I compare learning English to this research, and to muscle training.

Watch it here:

That’s the basic idea.

But I expand on this greatly in the Doing English Daily Newsletter.

My English learning method–The Six Step System–is also based on this principle.

Which is exactly why the students who join my courses…

Improve so fast, and become REMARKABLE English learners.


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