When it comes to learning, most people want it to be effective but fast, however, if I can say that for myself, I would say that these two words in the learning context are antonyms.
Learning is an endless journey, you will end up being fluent, but that doesn’t mean you will stop learning. As a non-native speaker, I can say that there are a bunch of words in my own language that I don’t really fully understand, let alone my second language.
As with most things in life, learning requires two ‘P’s: Patience and perseverance.
- Patience: When I talk about patience, I’m not talking about waiting for the next class to learn something new, I’m talking about being patient with yourself, understanding your limitations and working accordingly. Understand that it’s okay to misinterpret things from time to time and that you’re no less intelligent because of that; in fact, misunderstandings are part of the learning process. It has been said that we only learn when we fail, and I believe that; so don’t be hard on yourself and treat your mind with the kindness, respect, and patience it deserves.
- Perseverance: While I’m encouraging you to be patient, I also want you to be persistent. It’s always good to get up from your chair and go for a walk when you feel overwhelmed, but don’t forget to get back in that chair, it might take hours to do that, you might just want to come back the next day, but you should go back to it. If you spend too much time away from that chair, your motivation will vanish, which is why you need to constantly remind yourself that even though you deserve a break, you’ve come too far to give up.
The key here is to look for something positive each day, even if some days you may have to look more closely, try to remember how good you feel when you fully understand something. Bring back to your memory the time when you couldn’t understand anything and this will give you the motivation to keep it up. You can do this, I believe in you!