And since I learned more in the first half of my first semester of college than I did in all that time on my own, I am, of course, an expert on how TO study classical languages.
All kidding aside, I did have a look at what I was doing right in school and what I was doing wrong out of school, and I have come up with a list. You might have your own. Here is mine.
What I did wrong:
- No real method
- No disciplined system of goals
- No schedule
I thought I could just dive in wherever and use a dictionary to define terms. Wrong. I did realize that I needed more grammar, and I surely did learn a lot about that, not only in English, but Greek and Latin, but given my haphazard lack of discipline, it is no wonder my effort was doomed. As an example, I never so much as decided I would finish any particular book at any particular date or scheduling chapter or exercise completion goals.
The short list of what I did right:
- I persisted anyway.
There is more I could say on this topic, but the above seem to me to be the points that nail my particular problems. Do you not find the the process of being wrong is often more enlightening than being right? Is it not a much more fun question to ask what is the wrong way to do it? How about you? What's the wrong way to study classical languages?
Nemo liber est qui corpori servit
No one is free who is slave to the body — Seneca