Practise: Quality or quantity?

The answer is both.

Keeping your skill level up, making sure it doesn’t drop off over time, requires a quantity of regular repetitive practise to keep your neural pathways working efficiently.

Improving your skill level takes a different quality of practise. This is sometimes called ‘deep’ practise, and it involves concentration and critical awareness.

Regular repetitive practise is not very challenging and can be relatively superficial.  Like a musician always starting a practise session with lots of scales to loosen up, it’s important to keep going over the things you already know well, so they stay familiar and easy to perform.

Deep practice is what you need to learn something new.  Watch. Listen.  Now do it yourself.  Did you do it perfectly?  Of course not.  How was it not perfect?  What will you do differently next time?  Think about it. Do it again.  Was that better?  No?  Was it worse or just wrong in a different way?  Think about it.  Do it again.  Repeat.

This more intense process of critical awareness, analysis, alteration, and repeat attempts is what creates new skills.  It’s the process that takes you from a sense that you’ll never get it right, to the moment when it suddenly clicks into place, and then it can be part of your regular repetitive practise routine.

 

Regular practise makes the task easier for you to perform.

Deep practise makes you better at it.

 

YES – that’s easy! has been designed to facilitate both types of spoken English practise: skimmable video chunks for regular practise, to quickly revise what you’ve already learned; four different Learning Modes, and a self-critical Say and Replay function, to help you learn new stuff with deep practise.

 

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