He used to have an untidy appearance. After several failed attempts to ask a girl out, he finally learned his lesson and spruced up his appearance.
learned one's lesson (the hard way)the hard way 就表示親身經歷錯誤而學到乖, 這是正統的美語說法.
他之前往往不修邊幅, 後來經過多次跟女生約會失敗後總算學到教訓, 開始整理自己的儀容了
Before the storm everyone raided supermarkets for food and essential day-to-day spplies.