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Building A Vocabulary And Studying Made Easy
Pore Over The Obvious
When I was in elementary school, essays were only three paragraphs, and graded with stickers. Today however, young adults are challenged to widen their vocabulary and stretch their essays out as long as they can. Now, I don't know about all of you, but I don't fancy an afternoon reading a dictionary, just to make my essays a work of art. Let's face it, a lot of the adolescents today want to do as little as possible to gain a passing grade. One way to build up vocabulary without the strain of hunting down a recent copy of Webster's, is to just look in plain sight.
Don't Stress Out
Learning new words doesn't have to be stressful or boring. Don't make it a hunt! Everything you could need is actually in front of you. Start looking in the more obvious places. It's important to keep yourself interested when word-hunting-don't look through things you're not going to ultimately be interested in- don't immediately jump into the content that will make you want to gouge your eyes out.
Not every source for developing your vocabulary has to be a professional style. You could just as easily be listening to the radio when you hear something that catches you!
Use Different Sources
Don't be afraid to use different sources, after all variety is key. Don't be afraid to use the web, after all it led you here, didn't it? In fact, when using key-word searches, you can find a lot of helpful sites for things like this. For example:http://www.wordgenerator.net/random-word-generator.php
This page displays definitions alongside the words. It's a very friendly site, and learning new word is only a few clicks away. While sometimes it is best to crack open a book and look for words, it's always better to have options.
This site is very helpful, and I recommend using it. Underneath the generator, on the page itself, is a little area where you can favorite, and copy down words as you explore the site, as they catch your interest.Since your brain makes connections from one thing to the next, hopefully this site will help you remember where you can find amazing words.
Whether you listen to the music to learn words or use it while you look for words, involving music is a highly recommended thing to do. Music psychological attunes your ears for speech. Research has been done to verify that music does increase your brains processing of speech!
Music involves the auditory area of your brain. The brain makes connections best when involving more than just one of it's parts. This is part of the reason why some people need music to focus on classwork, ect.
Listening to things that are familiar helps us set our comfort zone, makes us relax. If you want a little bit of a challenge, listen to music and the advertisements. Instead of switching stations on the radio whenever ads pop up, sit on them, you might learn something new, product or word wise.
Scenery Is Important
Just like with music, sound, location can be a big deal too. Places that are familiar and soothe us leave big impressions. Since, as mentioned before, the brain stabilizes connections by using multiple areas, being around things you are used to, leaves a memory of that action in that place.
If you sit on a couch with your favorite blanket, your favorite song humming through your headphones, while reading a book for English, there is a good chance you'll make connections between that song and maybe a chapter. This has saved my butt a couple of times during an English quiz, let me tell you.
Just like everything else we've mentioned so far, anything that can mess with your senses, can be imprinted into the memory.
Don't Stay On Easy
It's good to start in the familiar places, but to avoid sucking dry all the content, it's not a bad idea to stretch yourself just outside of that comfort zone. Just like a video-game, literature comes in levels. When we were babies we started at 0, no words in our bank and dependent on others. As we aged we gained words and thus a level. In order to expand your vocabulary for it's many purposes, you need to explore as much content as possible.
While staying alongside the familiar is nice, after a while chances are it will become repetitive and useless, maybe even counterproductive. As humans we use words to express ourselves almost as much as we use actions. But there are some things actions can't truly explain, so we need the means of doing so.
Our vocabulary is self-built, and you can retain what you learn better if you use it.
Riddle Me Speechless
Which Word Stands Out To You The Most?
The first portion of this blog/hub was to review ways to broaden your vocabulary. In this half, I will help you focus on relaxation techniques that I have found help, among others I have researched among sites.
Studying. Most students dread this word and all it stands for, but it doesn't have to be this way. in fact, studying, when the right methods are involved, can be fun and painless. From review games to partner studies, there are many hidden ways to make studying fun.
While most people don't associate games with tests/exams/quizzes/finals/ect., it is actually quite a common thing to stumble upon when surfing the web. In a table above is a few sites my teachers have used with us over the years, as well as some self found ones. While some sites may ask you to sign up to use them, only do so if you're willing to continue using it to your advantage in the future! There's no point in signing up for a site you will only use one time and then abandon.
When studying, its best and easiest to use a method you are comfortable with as well as familiar with. Not everyone is comfortable with using games as an approach (rags to riches may be fun, but with a slip of the finger you can end up restarting the whole thing) and that's okay!
While most of us don't necessarily want to sit down and read that dry-read of a text book, sometimes the best way to learn things is to go back to one of the most common and known sources.
Whether you plug your ears with music or simply turn on the TV for white-noise, it's up to you. Just make sure when the time to study comes:
- Set your own pace
- Stay focused
- Take breaks now and then
- Take note you'll understand later
- Make sure you're comfortable with where you're at
- Limit distractions
These simple things can keep you organized and up-to-date with what you need to know inside the classroom and out.
Take It On With A Smile
Studying and learning may not be the highlight of your day but hopefully with the words of this page, you'll feel less pained with the deeds as the time comes to do them. It might not all be fun and games, but who honestly wants to repeat a grade or get stuck with a lower job position? Not me! So I advise you to heed some of these words, and try to make your studies as fun, comfortable, and productive as possible.
What Method Helps You The Most?
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