Vocabulary

Tip #1

Use Post-it Notes Around Your House

Hang post-its with the definition of a particular word you hope to memorize above the coffee maker, so you can study it while fixing your morning cup. Affix a new word to each house plant so you can study while watering.

  • Even if you're watching TV or doing other activities, keep some flashcards with you and study your new words. Always be learning.

Tip #2

Do Word Puzzles And Play Word Games

There are many varieties of vocabulary puzzles, including crosswords, find-a-word and hidden word puzzles. As well as strengthening your word knowledge, puzzles are also good for improving your critical thinking skills. For word games, try: Scrabble, Boggle, and Cranium to extend your vocabulary.

Tip #3

Look Up Any Words You Don't Recognize

When you see an unfamiliar word, do not skip over it. Try to figure out its possible meaning, then look it up in the dictionary and confirm its definition.

 

  • Consider keeping a small notebook with you and quickly jot down unknown words as you come across them for checking later.

  • Set a goal. Try to learn three new words a week and work them into your speech and writing.