Hey, I’m Hannah, I’m new here!
I’m not doing too well in college right now either, and I may or may not have joined this forum as a means of procrastinating… oops
Learning a new language is super difficult and overwhelming, especially with how they’re being taught in schools these days. I’ve been taking Spanish for about 6 years now and I still struggle with it.
What I’ve found that helps me the most is watching TV shows and movies in Spanish. I know this won’t immediately help you to learn enough to get ahead in your class, but it is super helpful in getting more comfortable with the language, how words are pronounced, etc. It’ll also make it easier to learn grammar stuff when those topics come up in class because you’ll recognize the sentence structures or verb forms. When kids learn to speak their native languages growing up, they don’t study vocab flash cards or verb charts, they learn from exposure, which is the most effective way to go about it. It’s easier to start with kid’s shows or movies you’ve already seen dubbed in Spanish. Watch an episode or a scene through a few times and see what you can recognize.
Also, what I struggle with the most in Spanish is perfectionism when it comes to speaking or writing. I feel like I just can’t speak or write a sentence until I’m 100% sure it’s all correct. It’s hard but just practice going for it before you’re sure. Practice by yourself, maybe narrate your daily routine to yourself in Spanish while you’re getting ready and don’t worry if it’s perfect. If you’re comfortable meeting with your professor during their office hours if they offer them that might help to practice speaking and getting automatic feedback without the pressure of messing up in front of your entire class.