Happy New Year!
Yet another month has flown by, and it’s time for another Korean studying progress report.
It’s only my second month using this record-keeping system, and so far it’s been a good self-motivation technique. I kept the same standards for myself as I used for last month, and rated each day using these guidelines:
- 0 minutes: Failure
- 1-20 minutes: Poor
- 21-40 minutes: Success
- 40+ minutes: Superstar
In November, when I first implemented this accountability system, I had 16 Failures, 3 Poors, 10 Successes, and 1 Superstar day. My main goal for December was to do better than November.
And I did indeed do better. Here’s how the numbers turned out:
- Failure: 10 days
- Poor: 2 days
- Success: 9 days
- Superstar: 10 days
If you ignore the week of final exams, the numbers get even better, with only 3 Failure days and 1 Poor day.
The average time I studied each day in December was about 25 minutes per day. Excluding the “failure” days, where I didn’t study at all, the average time I studied each day was about 37 minutes.
I mainly studied by listening to TTMIK Level 8-9 Grammar Podcasts, reviewing some of TTMIK’s Iyagis, and studying a few chapters of the 재미있는 한국어 3 Textbook that I bought for my Korean class at Korea University.
I’m planning to continue this self-accountability system into January and see if I can continue to improve my stats. I’m tempted to increase the number of minutes required to call a day a Success or Superstar day, but I’m about to start a full-time internship and will undoubtedly become fairly busy, so I’ll maintain the same daily standards.
On a larger scale, I’m going to think for a day or two about my goals for 2017 and post within the next few days about what I want myself to accomplish with my language learning in the next year.