Maria asked me this question in a comment and I thought I’ll just reply here in a post!
What do you think is more effective: learning and revising material that is more or less familiar to you (in order to solidify your knowledge) or moving forward but struggling really hard?
This is an issue that many language learners will face. I’m very lucky that I haven’t come across any struggling periods when it comes to learning Korean.. The most difficult time I remembered was with the indirect quotation grammar structures LOL. The ~냐고, 는다고 etc. That was probably the only time I took really long to understand a grammar structure.
I think that my general method is: generally move forward and attempt challenging materials, revise and learn to stop when you are facing difficulty.
Generally, I think that it’s a good thing to keep moving forward, and always attempt to read materials at a + 1 of your current comfort zone / standard. It’s challenging, but you end up progressing faster. There’s no point in sticking to comfortable materials and inching forward. In my opinion.
Yet, there’s no point in moving forward if you are really struggling. However, that doesn’t mean that you just stick to that one particular textbook chapter / lesson for the next few days or weeks.
If you are having problems with a particular grammar structure, re-read the chapter / notes once. If you still don’t get it, chances are that the book probably doesn’t explain it very well. Try searching the internet or use other books to find alternative explanations and more sentence examples (or leave a comment, I’ll try to help). If you try to look for other sources, you are essentially doing both revising and learning new materials at the same time.
No point in re-reading one single material and get stuck there for ages.
At the same time, you can go on to do other stuff like listening to podcast, watching your fav drama etc.
Don’t think of it as being in a funk and getting stuck at one grammar point. While trying to figure that problem out, there’s always other things to do. (:
Revision in language learning is not about re-reading your notes for the umpteenth time
It’s about using new materials to solidify your learning. ^^
Applying what you learn.
There is seriously no point of re-reading a single passage over and over again to “revise”. If you are doing so, I think you are doing yourself a great disservice.
When all else fails, treat yourself to a nice meal and continue 😛 Squid Ink Seafood Pizza from Skinny Pizza 😀
hahaha that was totally random!