September 12, 2023

Are you drowning in knowledge? Here’s why you need to start using what you know.

Are you drowning in knowledge?

I heard this phrase the other day and it really resonated with me!

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time learning how to improve my website. I’ve been reading loads of blog articles and watching lots of YouTube videos, but I haven’t made any progress on my website. Why? I have TOO MUCH knowledge. I’m overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start. It feels like I’m drowning in knowledge!!

So how does this relate to improving your English?

Let me explain…..

Improving any skill involves:


Increasing your knowledge about that skill. You can learn from a teacher, watching YouTube videos or reading books.


Applying your knowledge and practising the skill.

Let’s apply this to learning new English vocabulary…..

If you only focus on learning new words without actually practising them, you can start to feel overwhelmed. Maybe you have a vocabulary book full of new words that you understand but never use.

It’s overwhelming and frustrating when you have all this knowledge, yet you don’t feel you’re making progress.

It can feel like you’re ‘drowning in knowledge’.


Because you’re missing the output stage.

You need to practise using that vocabulary to actually make progress.

At the same time, you can’t spend all your time practising without learning new words and phrases.

Without new input, you won’t make progress either.

So, it’s important to find a balance between INPUT and OUTPUT ⚖️

Of course, there will be times when you’re more focused on INPUT and other times when more OUTPUT is needed.

But if you’re focusing TOO much on one or the other, this could be a reason why you’re not making progress.

Do you spend more time on INPUT or OUTPUT? Is it time to find more balance?

If you want guidance on how to achieve balance in your English practise, book a trial lesson and see how I can help.

Book your trial session here.