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  The Structure of this Course

The sG Learning Cycle

What you need to know

In the following chapters, I will introduce you to the smarterGerman (sG) Cycle. To help my students learn faster and with more confidence, I developed this learning structure in 2013 and have been optimizing it ever since. Over 2000 students have used the sG Cycle to reach B1 in half the time it takes students in other courses. You can adapt it to your own schedule after a while but initially please stick meticulously to my instructions. The sG Cycle is split into two parts: the basic cycle (steps 01 to 05) and the advanced cycle (steps 06-08, starting from lesson 20 onwards). Here is a quick overview of the steps; I will explain how to use each one and the reasoning behind them in upcoming lessons.

Basic Cycle

Step 01 - Vocabulary + Reading
Step 02 - Dictation (write what you hear)
Step 03 - Grammar
Step 04 - Preaching (practice grammar by speaking out loud)
Step 05 - Listen

Advanced cycle

Step 06 - Writing (create your own text)
Step 07 - Speaking practice
Step 08 - Translate what you hear

Don't Panic

Don't bother memorizing these steps as in this course I will lead you step by step through the cycle. Again and again until you reach the end. You can lean back and focus on the instructions that are right in front of you.

How much time do I need for each step?

Every step in the sG Cycle should last between 20 – 30 minutes. Don't worry if initially you need 10-15mins more than that. But if it takes even more time to finish a task, please contact me via the comments in the lesson that you are struggling with. I'll then take a closer look at your learning process.

Take breaks frequently. During the breaks, the brain processes and cements what it has learned. Theoretically, you can study up to 9 – 12 hours per day. But even 30 minutes daily will yield tangible results. I recommend studying 3-4 hours per day, 5-6 days per week.

Can I also work offline?

Partly. You can download individual videos and audio files in each lesson but I strongly recommend that you DO NOT DOWNLOAD the materials unless you are offline for a longer period of time i.e. a month or more. Leaving this course's structure is not advisable as the structure makes the difference to every other German learning platform out there. If you are offline just for a couple of weeks, take a German book or a podcast in German with you and enjoy that.

Teachable offers an app for iOS (<-- click here) that allows you to download the full course onto your mobile device right away but unfortunately it doesn't work really well yet. It only works on the newest iOS devices (no Android any time soon but feel free to write to teachable with a request to get that finally going). If this course does not show up on your teachable app, try deleting the app, restarting the phone and installing it again. It sometimes magically appears. But if you have an iPhone 6 or older, I wouldn't bother if it doesn't show right away.

Overview over grammar and all relevant exercises

At the very end of this course you'll find an overview over all grammar, all exercises and preachings of this course. This is not important for you if you are just beginning with this course. Stick to the course step by step. Only once you have progressed a bit with this course you might want to refresh some grammar and then this overview can help you. NEVER SKIP ANY LECTURES in this course. Always at least browse them if you already are crystal clear (!) about the topic that is being discussed.

Share your Thoughts

Also try to explain in your own words what you have learned in this lesson.