Write by hand. According to scientific research, when we write something by hand, we activate so called RAS (Reticular Activating System) in our brain. It helps to remember information deeper. So, make sure you spend a few days writing the Russian alphabet by hand. Start from the first one – A – and go to the last one – Я. Then backwards. Then try to write only vowels or only consonants. Keep doing it as long as you need to feel comfortable with all the 33 characters.
Practice with words. It’s absolutely not enough to recognize the isolated characters. You need to learn how to combine them into words as soon as you can. Start writing the words! At the beginning it seems that you don’t know any of the Russian vocabulary, but it’s not true. There are hundreds of foreign words that Russian adopted – you can start with sports (basketball, hockey, polo – баскетбол, хоккей, поло) and go on with dishes (pasta, pizza, hotdog – паста, пицца, хотдог).
If you’re still not feeling comfortable in guessing how to spell words, try names. It’s a great way of learning You don’t need to know the particular language to spell the names. Start with your family and friends (for example, John, Jane, Emily, Bob – Джон, Джейн, Эмили, Боб).
Or movie characters! For example, if you like Game of Thrones, try to write down the Arya’s list in Russian. Or maybe you prefer Disney? Try to recall all the names from Aladdin.