Vocabulary Learning Tips

Vocabulary Learning Tips

VOCABULARY LEARNING TIPS Adapted from Sheppard Software. ONE: READ READ AND THEN READ SOME MORE. Most vocabulary words are learned from context. The more words you're exposed to, the better vocabulary you will have. If you bump into a word you dont know:

First, try to figure out their meanings from context before looking it up in a dictionary. Read and listen to challenging material so that you'll be exposed to many new words. Get a Word-of-the-Day calendar. http://www.merriam-webster.com/ Updates daily! TWO: PRACTICE PRACTICE (AND YES, YOUVE GUESSED IT) PRACTICE SOME MORE. Learning a word won't help very much if you promptly forget it.

Research shows that it takes from 10 to 20 repetitions to really make a word part of your vocabulary. It helps to write the word - both the definition and a sentence you make up using the word (ex: flashcards). Dont forget to review it periodically. THREE: MAKE UP AS MANY ASSOCIATIONS & CONNECTIONS AS POSSIBLE. Say the word aloud to activate your auditory memory.

Relate the word to words you already know. Clumping: for example, the word GARGANTUAN (very large) has a similar meaning to the words gigantic, huge, large, etc. List as many things as you can that could be considered GARGANTUAN: Godzilla, the zit on your nose, etc. Create pictures of the word's meaning that involve strong emotions. Think "the GARGANTUAN creature was going to rip me apart and then eat me!" FOUR: USE MNEMONICS (MEMORY TRICKS)

For example, consider the word EGREGIOUS (extremely bad). Think EGG REACH US - imagine we've made a mistake so bad that they are throwing eggs at us and a rotten EGG REACHes US. Funny little word pictures may help you remember what words mean. FIVE: GET IN THE HABIT OF LOOKING UP WORDS YOU DON'T KNOW. When studying, have a dictionary and/or thesaurus by your side. If you dont have either one, there are plenty of online resources (your computer might even already have one

installed). Find them and look up any word you are not absolutely sure of. Remember: Dictionary = definitions Thesaurus = synonyms/antonyms SIX: PLAY WITH WORDS. There are plenty of fun games available:

Boggle Scrabble Word searches Crossword puzzles SEVEN: GET EXCITED ABOUT WORDS!! Dont know a word? Look it up and satisfy your curiosity.

Enrich your reading and writing experience. Human beings are innately social; having a wide range of vocabulary will enhance your verbal communication skills, as well. The pen is mightier than the sword. EIGHT: USEFUL LINKS http:// tntruong.weebly.com/preparing-for-the-sats.html

SAT vocabulary helper sites http://visuwords.com/ A very visual and interactive dictionary and thesaurus combined! http://dictionary.reference.com/ http://www.merriam-webster.com/

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