I’m getting quite a lot of study time in the bank but still find myself frustrated at the lack of progress. A lot of this is down to the fact that I have a pretty bad memory generally, but I definitely could be using the time better. I’m writing a lot and reading a lot but not putting myself through the hard stuff: learning vocabulary and challenging my grammar with written exercises. I need to do a lot more of both because my written texts are starting to sound like newspeak with the same basic words put together with “not” or “very” instead of using interesting synonyms. I’m still aiming for an exam at the end of the year but can’t decide whether it should be a better B2 or really stretch for the C1, which would need a hell of a lot more work in the next 4 months or so.