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Techniques To Learn New Words

 

  • Put the definition in your own words
  • Write down the words
  • Use flashcards
  • Create a word picture
  • Set goals

When You Don’t Know The Word

 

  • Put the word in context
  • Change the word into a more common form
  • Test words for positive and negative connotation
  • Be alert to secondary (often rare) meanings of words
  • Use your past education/knowledge

Tips

 

  • If the word starts with “De,” “Dis,” or “Anti,” the word most likely has a negative connotation.
  • If the word contains the notion of going up, it will most likely have a positive connotation.
  • If the word contains the notion of going down, it will most likely have a negative connotation.




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