Last week I suggested that mistakes can be stepping stones that help you to improve your English. But you need to notice your mistakes before you can learn from them.
Here are some tips about noticing and learning from mistakes:
- The most obvious strategy is to get someone (e.g. a teacher) to check your written work and correct your mistakes.
- Before your teacher checks your work, did you check it carefully yourself?
- Study your teacher's corrections, and make sure you understand what you did wrong.
- Pay special attention to any repeated mistakes that you make.
- If you have a one-to-one teacher, you could also ask him or her to listen for mistakes that you make when speaking.
- Try recording yourself. Listen to the recording, and transcribe it. Analyse what you said carefully and ask someone to check it.