5. Strategies for Better Learning

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Introduction/ Methodology

This module is written by Teresa Pessoa, & Sandra Fernandes & Ana Amélia Carvalho,
University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Narration by Chris Malherbe, English@Work, Germany.
Vocabulary list by Learnmera Oy, Finland.
Cartoons, layout and video by Boris Stoyanov, e-Training Solutions, Germany.


This self-help learning module has been designed for people who want to improve their learning strategies – whether learning on their own or in a group with others. It conveys a set of rules, objectives and procedures that make learning easier and contains a special section for people with reading and writing difficulties. It is designed to enable you to become a better learner.

This self-help learning module is suitable for you if:

• You have trouble getting started with your learning
• You have a tendency to be easily bored or drift away while learning
• You are inconsistent in your learning progress and achievements
• You do not tend to stay focused and give up easily
• You feel overwhelmed by the task of learning

Required level of English language proficiency to read and understand this module:

B1 or higher

Based on: Europass Language Passport


5.1: Introduction
5.2: Learning on your own
5.3: Learning with others
5.4: Better learning for persons with reading and writing difficulties
5.5: References

Estimated time to complete the module:

8 hours


Upon completion of this module you will be:

• Able to give yourself and others better and more meaningful feedback
• More motivated to learn English and track your learning progress
• Capable of self-disciplining yourself and structuring your learning
• More self-driven and motivated to learn English
• Be able to apply time management techniques


This E-learning book is an open educational resource. It uses open-source technology and multimedia. It is mobile-friendly and device-independent. It is delivered online but there also is an offline version. The self-help learning program is designed for individual learners to work on their own and includes practice activities. It can also be used in a classroom as part of an instructor-led training program.


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