TOP TEN ENGLISH STUDY HACKS | Lisa Tran


Hey everyone, it’s Monday and you know that
after school I release videos and today I’m going to give you ten English hacks, which
hopefully will help you with your English studies.The other thing is that my competition
for the upcoming (VCE study guides autumn workshop) has finished. So the winner will
be announced right at the end of the video, so stay tuned. One: Do Mind Maps. Mind Maps, one of the best
way for you to visually collect the information in one spot. When you read an entire book,
especially if it is a long book and it is around 300 pages- Wuthering Heights, anybody?
– then it becomes quite hard to remember the events in sequence or even to remember the
events at all. Unless you’ve read it about a hundred times. So reading books over and
over again is fine but potentially it’s not the most effective way. But if you just
start writing things down, putting thoughts to paper, it really is one of the most active
ways that you can learn. When you first start studying a text, my recommendation is to have
an A4 page, then start creating a Mind Map with everything that you know. That will help
you understand where your missing gaps are in knowledge and that will help you note – . Ok,
I need to work on this particular thing, or this particular character. Number two: Teach your parents the text? So
one of the best ways of learning, and I won’t repeatedly say one of the best ways, but seriously
one of the best ways of learning is to teach your parents. It is much different learning
a text than teaching a text. It is a way of testing you to see how much you know about
the text. And when your parents ask you – Oh, why did that character do that? ; or I’m not
too sure about this part, why did this happen? With those types of questions, that might
actually help you think- Oh, you know what? I hadn’t really thought of that before.
So that also helps you to then realise again where your gaps in knowledge are and you can
work on it. Number three: Highlight your texts in different
colors. I’ve mentioned this before in my previous video. However, if you’re not doing
this already, please start doing this ASAP. There is no point highlighting a whole book
in yellow because when you flip through your book trying to find that one specific quote,
how are you going to find it? Only when you separate your pages into different colors,
will you then think to yourself – Oh, the theme of Love is in pink, so I’m just going
to flip through the pages that have pink on them because it’s going to make it ten time
quicker and also just easier for me as well. Number four: One of the best ways of learning
vocabulary is to learn the vocabulary from the book itself. I think one of the biggest
angst for all students is to learn vocabulary. And while you can go out and start reading
articles and start reading different books – because anything to do with reading will
absolutely help you – if you are unsure where to start off, then start from your book itself,
because generally the book will give you a lot of nice vocabulary that will fit perfectly
into your essays. Number five: Rather than reading your book
a hundred times and think – Oh my gosh, the more I read, the better I’ll get – once you’ve
read it or you’ve read it for a couple of times, start reading different sources about
your text. So whether that’s going online or having a look at articles that review your
particular text, have a look at different study guides that talk about your text – just
read as much as you can about that text, because that’s how you’re going to open up your
interpretation and your understanding of the book itself. Number six: Studying a film. If you are, again,
don’t watch like a hundred times over and just think – Oh, each time I watch it, it’s
just about an hour and a half, that’s pretty easy. I’ll fit in an hour and a half now and
just watch it casually. One of the best things that you can do is to dedicate yourself to
one really intense viewing of your text. So what that means, is rather than just watching
it through which can lead you to passive learning, be active about it. Every single new scene
– pause. Once you’ve paused, have a look. Have a look at the camera angles. Have a look
at the mise-en-scene. Have a look at the costumes. Have a look at the lighting. Done that? Next
Scene. Pause. Go again. Next scene. Pause. Go again. This may seems really draining,
and a really tremendous task – in which it is – because if you’re pausing every time,
it’s not going to take you an hour and a half. It will probably take you a full day.
So with something like this, treat it as a project and do it over many different days
or even weeks leading up to your sac or exam. Number Seven: When you’re correcting an
essay, read it out loud. It’s very hard to mark on your own essay because you obviously
wrote it and so when it comes to editing, a lot of times you can’t pick up your own
errors. And that’s absolutely okay. But you know what can help you with the errors?
Your ear. So when you’re thinking and you’re writing on paper, have you ever accidentally
skipped a word, and then just realise – Oh my god, I don’t know why I wrote that? Or
I can’t believe I skipped that word.It’s because in your mind you’ve done it, but
not necessarily connected with your hand. But when you force yourself to read out loud,
it’s really, really surprising how well your ear works as a replacement teacher in
a way. Guys, just try it, I know that sounds so silly, and trust me, when I got taught
this I was like – Oookay – but honestly it is one of the things that helped me improve
drastically and I even do it today. When I mark my students’ essays, I’m always reading
it out loud. Because when you read out loud, your ears pick up a lot more than your head
does. Number Eight: When you’re memorizing quotes,
don’t just write quotes on a full A4 piece of paper and just go tell yourself – OK, I’m
going to sit down and I’m going to memorize all of these 30 quotes now. One, two, three,
four, five, six…. How are you going to memorize that? It’s going to be so boring and it’s
going to be so draining. What you should do instead is apply those quotes. So when you
start practicing writing or even if you’re doing plans, write those quotes down that
you think work in really well. It’s only when you start applying those quotes into
the context of the situation. So writing an essay, or writing a plan, do you actually
absorb it much more than just staring at a piece of paper or your laptop and just go
– “Funny Business in a Women’s Career The Things You Dropped Along Your Way the
things you drop on your way Up the Ladder so you can move faster, the things you drop
on your way up the ladder so you can move faster” Number Nine: I can’t push down this pinkie
– but number nine. If you’re struggling to understand the context of a particular
text that you’re studying – so if it’s set in the 1950s or if it’s set in The American
Dream- so if you’re really struggling to get the hang of it or you just want to know
more, go ahead and learn it. And one of the best things that I used, was crash course
on YouTube. It’s just a really cute and simple way of accessing that information.
In a way it’s engaging for you as well. Number ten: Fetch ideas from your friends,
so with your friends go through prompts together, and it’ll will surprise you that you might
respond to a prompt in a certain way but your friend might have responded in a completely
different way, and whilst it might not be the way that you want to go about it, it’s
still nice to know what the different ideas are out there and how people can just look
at a prompt and just have completely different perspectives or understanding of that prompt.
English is a subject where the more ideas you have the better and healthier it is for
you. So I hope you guys enjoyed those ten tips,
they are a combination of some of the techniques that I personally adopted along with some
other techniques that i’ve seen other students adopt which have turned out really well for
them. Competition time! Firstly, I just want to
say a massive thankyou to everybody who joined in on the competition, there were so many
of you and I’m absolutely so flattered that you guys are wanting to join the workshop
though only one of you did win. So.. the winner, I’ll pop down right here.Congratulation, and
if you are the winner please shoot me a message on the VCE study guides facebook page. For
those of you who weren’t able to secure that free spot, don’t worry, each of you
have been sent a link to a special vip access, so hopefully even if you didn’t win, I will
still get the opportunity to meet you and teach you. If you guys enjoyed this type of
hack video, please give it a thumbs up, and I’ll create some more hack style videos in
the future, subscribe if you haven’t already and comment below if there is anything you
would like me to touch base on in the future. Other than that, I just wanted to let you
guys know at the start of the year I was doing weekly videos, released on monday, however,
workload has really increased since school has started, and I’m tutoring a lot again,
unfortunately it’s just a lot of work load, so I am only going to be releasing a new video
every fortnightly monday. So don’t worry I’m not disappearing, but I just wanted to let
you guys know that, okay? By doing this, it will also give me more time to create better
videos for you guys, rather than just rushing through and just trying to churn out videos
on time every monday. So yes, fortnightly mondays, I will see you guys in a fortnight.
See you, bye!

74 thoughts on “TOP TEN ENGLISH STUDY HACKS | Lisa Tran

  1. Hey Lisa, I have my year 12 oral coming up and was wondering if you could do another video on tips for that. Would help me so much! Xx

  2. Hi Lisa! I'm in year twelve and I know soon we have to choose our preferences. Would it be okay if you please did a video on how to cope with the feelings of being overwhelmed by all our choices of institutions/ courses etc, and if there are any strategies you would suggest? Thank you and great video again!

  3. Hi, this is an unrelated question to this video, but I watched your vid on doing a 12 subject in year 11. I'm doing 12 Spanish in year 11 and I was wondering that if I'm not happy with the score I get when taking it in years 11, can I retake the 3&4 in year 12 in attempt to improve my score. Thanks , love all your videos 🙂

  4. Hey Lisa! Can you please make a video on a potential study plan for English? For example, what to do  a week before a SAC? Thanks! 🙂 Great video btw

  5. Hey Lisa, I absolutely love your channel! I am a freshman in college with English Literature as my major and I am so glad I found your videos! I already use some of the hacks you mentioned, but it's good to know these hacks actually work for people and I am not simply wasting my time ^_^

  6. Thank you so much for this video! Helped me immensely as a year 11 student in undertaking 3/4 Literature 🙂 Definitely applying these tips for English in 2017, awesome work as always. x

  7. Hey Lisa! I can't understand what you wrote on your book (1:54) and I would appreciate if you could tell me. (Awesome video <3)

  8. Do you have any tips for Critical Readings? I really need help to structure my response to questions! (because most of the time your interpretation can be wrong a be damaging towards your grade).

  9. Hi look I have noval that i need to read for school and I really don't know how to read it and understand it so can u plz help me with some advice how could I understand it

  10. The way just you guide me was very comfortable and will be the best way for me to get learn easily over again and again please keep posting your videos and i know we 'll gonna love it thank you

  11. Hey Lisa, great video. But I'm wondering how would you know the themes of the book if you haven't read the book yet? (please answer as quick as possible)

  12. do mind map, teach others ,color coded, learn vocab, use online resource, pause when you are watching the film and take notes, read out loud and record it, apply the points you need to remember by writing essay plan,discuss with friends to exchange ideas

  13. I'm reading lord of the flies and it isn't hard to read or remember but I just don't like the book. Like Harry potter is a long series and I remember 80% of the book.

  14. As a lifelong professional English language newspaper and corporate copy-editor in Australia and Hong Kong, I can say these are valuable studying tips for tips for the modern language.

  15. You r telling us how to study Novel..right..next you r talking about films..then you r telling us you r taking crash course on What???

  16. 1. Create a mindmap.
    2. Teach your parents the text.
    3. Highlight your text in different colours.
    4. Learn vocab from the book.
    5. Read different sources about your text.
    6. Do a critical analysis of the films.
    7. Read your essay out-loud to find mistakes.
    8. Apply your quotes to the context (write it in your essays).
    9. Read further around the context of your book.
    10. Different perspectives on the book through your friends.

  17. 2) – Nope, nope, and MORE nope!!! How on earth would I teach my parents and help them understand, when I wouldn't understand it myself?! lol 😂

  18. Just updated this video with timestamps 🙂

    0:18 – Do mindmaps

    1:11 – Teach your parents the text

    1:43 – Highlight text in different colours

    2:18 – Learn vocabulary from books

    2:43 – Read different sources of text

    3:14 – Closely analyse scenes

    4:13 – Read out loud when correcting

    5:18 – Apply your quotes

    6:09 – Research context of your text

    6:38 – Get ideas and different perspectives from friends

    7:56 – Conclusion

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