Building a strong vocabulary is essential to one’s success in every area of life. Not only does every subject area have vocabulary germane to that subject only, but so does every occupation. Thus, it is important to develop skills for improving scores on vocabulary tests but will also make it easy for you to always be able to learn new vocabulary as needed.
Deborah Williams, a tutoring expert at tutorfi.com provides these tips for learning new vocabulary:
Tip 1: Make a flashcard for each vocabulary words. Write the word on one side; on the other side write the definition of that word. Read aloud what you are writing while you are making the card to help you remember what you are writing. (You can open a free account to make your own electronic flashcards: Study Stack – http://www.studystack.com or Quizlet – http://quizlet.com. Be sure to save them before you log out in case you need to review them later or so you can develop an ongoing list for the entire course.)
Tip 2: Practice reviewing the words each day by turning the flashcards so only the definitions are showing. Read the definitions to determine if you can recall the word being defined. Turn the card over to see if you are right. Review those that are difficult for you until you can get them all correct. Ask another person to show you the cards the same way, one at a time, after you have studied them yourself.
Tip 3: Make up your own test by numbering a sheet of paper from #1 to the number of total words you have. Mix up your flashcards with just the definitions showing. Read the definition and write the word you think is being defined. Don’t look at the answer until the end. Keep the cards in order until the end of your test. When you have written an answer for all the cards, while keeping the cards in the same order, turn the cards over to determine how many words you know. Review daily any definition you did not know until the test.
Tip 4: Another way to review for the test is by using an audio recording device. Using whichever method is available to you, record your voice, giving a number form “1” to “20” (or the number for the total number of words on your list). After each number you say, read the definition(s) for that word. Repeat that number and the definition(s). Wait for five seconds, and record in the same way until you have gone through all the words in the current vocabulary list. Wait about ten seconds more and record the numbers again, but this time say the word that matches that definition. (This will serve as your answer key.)
Rewind, if necessary, put away all your notes, answers, etc., and number a sheet of paper. Play the recording and take your “test”. You should be able to determine how well you have learned the definitions for the current vocabulary list.
The best idea is to work on each new word list a few minutes each day so you won’t have to study all the word lists at once just prior to the test. Take advantage of these great study tips provided by Deborah Williams and you will soon be on your way to improved vocabulary test scores.