Schedule a time every day to study Spanish (e.g. every day at 4pm). This way it becomes a habit.
Spend at least 10 min. every day reviewing old vocab and grammar concepts.
Sit in a comfortable place away from distractions (i.e. no TV; put your phone in another room so you’re not tempted to look at it)
If you listen to music when you study, make sure it is just instrumental (you want to eliminate any additional language exposure because your brain wants to process it, even if you think you aren’t paying attention)
flashcards (make your own or use Quizlet; making your own gives you additional practice with writing it out) - review these flashcards whenever you have a few extra minutes to fill (riding in the car, waiting for a table at a restaurant, doctor’s waiting room, etc.)
recognition quiz - study Spanish to English
production quiz - study English to Spanish
post-it flashcards - write your flashcards on post-its and place them around the house so you can study while completing daily tasks around the house
production quiz - write out the words multiple times (make sure you double check with your guia after writing it once, then repeat)
create sentences using vocab and grammar concepts - putting them in context can help with retention
chunk vocab words - you usually have a lot of vocab to learn at once - it helps to break it up into smaller chunks to focus on over the span of a few days (i.e. focus on 6-8 words each night and quickly review the words from previous nights). Breaking it up like this helps with retention and it actually doesn’t take as long as you’d think - just a few minutes each day rather than a huge cram session the night before.
watch the Spanish channel (telenovelas and Sabado Gigante are particularly entertaining)
set the language on your DVDs or Netflix to Spanish
set the language on your video games to Spanish
whenever you see something written in Spanish (it’s everywhere!), take a minute to see how much you understand (cereal box, shampoo bottle, cleaning products, etc.)
have conversations with your friends in Spanish
for chapter objectives, think about what you would say regarding those objectives and what questions you might ask someone
look at pictures in magazines (or wherever) and talk about (in your head or out loud) or write about what is going on in the picture (just for a couple minutes)- who the people are, what they’re like, what are their interests, what they’re wearing, what they’re doing, etc.
Scattergories - come up with some general themes (i.e. school, hobbies, sports, etc.) and give yourself 1-2 min. to brainstorm vocab you know in each category.