5 Tips to Improve Your IELTS Vocabulary
24 May 2014 admin
Building your vocabulary is absolutely essential if you want to score highly in the IELTS test. You will also need thousands of words once you get to university or start living in your new country. Therefore, you need to be organised in how you record and review the new vocabulary you come across. Here are 5 tips to help you get started:
1. Read, read, read!
Make sure you read something EVERY day. To keep you motivated, read about something you are interested in. You can learn hundreds of new words by reading.
2. Listen, listen, listen!
Just like reading, listening is a great source of new vocabulary. Try out www.TED.com . They have hundreds of really interesting videos that you can listen to and read the subtitles of.
3. Record new words
Write new words and phrases in a notebook when you come across them. You can also write down any contextual information about when and where you heard/or read the word. At a minimum, you need to record the meaning of the new word, and its translation. There are many other things you need to know about a word too that you could also record, like word families, parts of speech, collocations, pronunciation, antonyms, synonyms a meaningful sentence and so on. You can substantially build your knowledge of word families by learning common prefixes and affixes.
4. Use new words
Using your new vocabulary as soon as possible in your writing and speaking will help you remember them.
5. Review your new words
There is a concept called ‘spaced repetition’ which basically says that if you review new words regularly, you will remember them. It’s FAR better to review regularly than only look at a word or many words once (or never!). On average, research has demonstrated it takes 16-18 times of seeing a word to remember it! So keep reviewing
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