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Intellect is a fascinating thing – we do tend to think that some people are born intelligent and others not, but my experience as a teacher has shown me a few extra attributes. Those students I have taught (right from 5 years old to 65 years old) who have succeeded in their courses are those that not necessarily have intelligence but energy.
Success and intelligence also can be considered on two different playing fields. I have seen people who are very intelligent, do nothing with it and others who are incredibly average in their intelligence who have been driven by something that has pushed them into great success.
This is particularly prevalent in the learning of English also. Those students who have a boundless amount of energy to give are the ones who:
- Turn up on time every day
- Complete their homework daily
- Listen intently and always ask questions if they don’t understand
- Take all activities seriously as an opportunity
- Take opportunities outside of the classroom to continue to learn
Ultimately these people enjoy the energy involved in ‘learning’. Chances are that they are also full of energy in many other areas too. This doesn’t mean that they are an all rounder, it just means that those areas that they feel are important to them, they excel in terms of the amount of time and effort they put into it.
If anyone has been to school with someone who has become a huge success you will often ask yourself, wow that guy – I would’ve never thought he would have become so successful he was never top of the class he was intelligent but not a genius.
Geniuses are not necessarily those people who can pass exams at high school, they are often people who come into their own once they find the area of their passion. (apparently even Einstein flunked math at school!).
So for those people out there who don’t think they have a ‘talent’ for learning something or in particular learning a language, take the 5 points above and set a routine for yourself and stick to it. Sooner or later it will become a habit and once it becomes a habit then the results will start to show. You don’t have to strive to be a genius, just strive to put all your energy into it and review what you have learned as a result and you may well be amazed.