Practice makes perfect is a standard American saying that encourages students to work hard. And practice is, of course, very important! Kobe Bryant is a famous example; as one of the NBA’s most famous basketball stars, he shoots 300 made shots every day as part of a rigorous practice routine.
But practice alone is not everything. A study at Scientific American notes how DNA, opportunity, character, and intelligence could be factors behind success.
With English learning, a focus on achieved goals, a paced schedule, and reflection are also extremely helpful in achieving fluency. Practice is only successful when time and effort are guided towards set targets, not simply used in meaningless repetition.
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