Learning and practicing the simple past can be easy if you do it in context.
Remember – to form the past for regular verbs all you need to do is add “d” to verbs ending in “e” or “ed” to verbs ending with any other letter.
Of course, in the case of irregular verbs, there is no good way to learn them other than by memory!
Here is a list of irregular verbs – I highly recommend that you do NOT try to memorize all of the verbs at the same time, but rather choose 2 or 3 per day.
Then, to practice what you are learning, you can write simple anecdotes about things in the past.
A scary moment
A happy moment
You last birthday party
A dream you had
Here is a great example!