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Current project - Exams

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Phoenix

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As I mentioned in my first post on language study, I'm going through a textbook to pick up new grammar (and in fewer and fewer cases, review old grammar) and practice it. It's also giving me vocabulary, but I'm not putting a lot of emphasis on it--a lot of the vocab is esoteric to college life. Not long from now I'm going to poke around NHK Easy News and pull new vocab from there. Much more practical.

However, something I've been thinking about as I proceed through the book (today I am starting chapter 7 out of 11) is that I really should find a way to put together a comprehensive review. After all, it's a course in building up language learning, not a collection of discrete facts. Therefore, my current project is to figure out how I can do this effectively. An exam is the traditional method, but I can't just write it out myself! Or, at least, it wouldn't be efficient. It's a fairly popular book, so maybe there's premade exams posted online somewhere. Must look.

In any case, one thing I learned about my self-driven study habits is that I learn best when I prepare in a way that would allow me to make a presentation in class. To give a 15 minute talk, or similar, with reference material. I think I can do something similar here.

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Good luck would power pointing everything help keep your presentations manageable or do you have to do pen and paper?

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I didn't mean literal presentations. Whenever I did lectures or presentations in grad school and late undergrad, it was usually by way of expanding on a rough outline I'd have in front of me, freeflow. So that's how I would plan to do it--writing out an outline with enough detail to be able to present off of it. I would kind of rehearse a "presentation" in my head as I went through it, and if there was anything that didn't come to mind smoothly, I would write it out explicitly in my notes. I hope that makes sense.

My flashcard system could work as slides of a sort, listing grammar details that I often forget (it's always the details!).

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That was helpful actually, I get a bit of stage fright when I have to speak publicly and forget what I memorized for my presentation. Even if I have everything before I still a blank page in those moments. I will try using your tip the next time around.😀

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Yeah, I was thinking of using the N4 exam materials there as an option. I'll just have to not be very hard on myself if I go that route, as my textbook isn't geared specifically toward the JLPT.

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