Imagine you have $100. You decide to invest it into a special fund at 5% annual interest, and each week you add another $10 to your account.
Compare this with an account where you put $100 into the bank at the same interest rate with no extra contributions.
Which account will have more money in it after 6 months? A year? Which will grow the most exponentially (ie more and more)?
After one year you’ll already have more money in the first situation.
And after 5 years there’ll be a big difference between the two accounts:
In the first case, you’ll have $791 after 5 years compared to just $128 in the second case.
This is similar to learning a language.
If you attend one lesson a week, you should still make some progress after 6 months but it won’t be as great as investing 7 hours a week into your learning.
It’s not just about the number of productive hours you spend on learning.
It’s also about compounding.
Compounding is this idea that you keep adding to what you’re doing to make it grow more and more.
In your case the compounding comes from all the extra productive, active learning hours you spend on English (or whatever you wish to learn) on top of your basic lesson hours per week.
The student who adds 5 productive hours after one 2-hour lesson is already ahead of the student who just comes to class and does little on top of it.
So what to do in 2015? You need to keep adding productive learning hours each week to your ‘learning account.’
This is probably the most underrated parts of learning anything, but it’s something you don’t fully get until you do it.