Time management skills allow your employees to make optimal use of their available time.
Why is time management important? Well, because even the most realistic goal can only be achieved if you allot the right amount of time to achieving it. This is especially true with language learning. In this post, you can discover how, with the right time management, your employees can fulfill their language-learning potential and use their time most effectively.
How long and how often should a study session be?
From research we know that our brain can only work with new information for a period of fifteen minutes, and based on this, we have designed all Babbel lessons for this length of time. This way, new content can be introduced in an optimal way, and the time invested in each study session remains efficient and short. For your business, this means that effective language learning is ensured through short lessons, but you should also factor in adequate time to review material. In total, language experts recommend a study session of approximately 20-25 minutes.
In determining optimal time management for language learning in your business, consistency is also important. From didactic research we know that regular study sessions are the key to learning success. Where does this conclusion come from? Well, in order to transfer information from short-term memory to long-term memory, the brain has to review this information as regularly as possible over a longer period of time. For your employees, this means that they will only really learn a language if they do it regularly for some time.
It’s easy to integrate this kind of studying into your regular workday, and in doing so, your employees can maximize their success. Through structured time management, they will develop good study habits, and these in turn will make learning easier.
What is the best way to schedule study sessions?
Ideally, your employees will determine a regular study time on their own when they start their course. This activates a sense of responsibility and motivates them to learn. This, in turn, is where the advantage of online learning methods such as Babbel becomes evident, given that simple digital access to a language learning app is ideal when it comes to promoting flexible learning. Thanks to structured time management and technical freedom, you can offer your employees proactive and agile language learning.
If your employees are interested, you can also encourage them to form study groups where they meet to study language together. They don’t even need to be studying the same language — the point here is the common goal of language learning. As a result, the discipline of being in a group (and succeeding together) will also strengthen teamwork in your business over time.
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Maren Pauli, Lead Didactics
Maren is an avid linguist and exploring other cultures through language is particularly important to her. She works at Babbel with her team of language experts and focuses on language-learning solutions for businesses.