No one can escape the frustration of being stumped and being able to find the right word immediately. It is an awful feeling when the words are stuck at the tip of your tongue. It is an all too common feeling of helplessness when not recalling the right word to use or sometimes we don’t actually know it altogether. When preparing for a Vocabulary Quiz, one can make use of some tried and tested guidelines and tips in order to have an effective preparation.
1. Learning Tip #1 – Read and Read More!
One good way to build up the stock of your vocabulary is to learn words based on context. The more you are exposed to more vocabulary, the better you will get. Learning requires one to focus on those terms that you are not familiar with. The initial thing to do is to attempt to understand these from the context of use. Then look up the meaning in the dictionary. Learn to listen and read challenging reading materials so that you are exposed to as many words as possible.
2. Learning Tip #2 – Polish Up Your Context Skills
The best and fastest way to develop our vocabulary is by improving our context skills. Most of our terms are easily understood from context. Learning and developing our context skills requires us to understand how terms are used.
3. Learning Tip #3 – Practice and Practice More!
The often repeated adage, “Practice makes perfect” aptly describes the principle of the entire learning process. You will not be able to increase the stock of your vocabulary if you don’t use more terms frequently. It has been established by experts that you have to use a word 10 to 20 times before it can be added to your stock of vocabulary. Writing the terms can be a great help. You can indicate the definition of terms and an example of how they are used in a sentence.
4. Learning Tip #4 – Use Association and Connection Techniques
Read the words aloud to stimulate your auditory nerve. Find things, concepts, events, persons, etc. which you can link with a word in order facilitate the learning process. You can also attach or relate a word with another word which you already know.
5. Learning Tip #5 – Adopt Mnemonics
This is a word play that you adopt to promote imaging and word picture to make you remember particularly difficult vocabulary. Learning styles vary among individuals depending on their preferences.
6. Learning Tip #6 – Enjoy Playing with Your Vocabulary
Make it a habit to spend your leisure time playing scrabble, boggle and other interesting word games. Make it as your daily word development learning regimen.
7. Learning Tip #7 – Take a Vocabulary Quiz
Taking word and vocabulary tests which are available online can be a great learning experience. You can easily see how will you match up with those difficult terms and learn of effective ways to improve on your vocabulary. You can also try out offline sources of vocabulary test to augment whatever you can get through the Internet.
Do all of these tips and your vocab will improve in no time!
Author Chuck R Stewart recently started taking an online daily Vocabulary Quiz. It has really helped him come up with the correct word at the correct time.