Building a College Level Vocabulary: How to Remember New Words
The University of Alabama
Center for Academic Success
Two steps will help you remember new
words and add them to your college vocabulary: practicing and building. To
become comfortable with the new word, practice using the word in your
writing, in your speaking, and in your thinking. Building a personal
vocabulary file helps you keep up with the new words while you practice
them. On an index card, write the word and its meaning, a sentence in
which you use the word correctly, and variations of the word.
guidelines will help you remember new words:
writing the word and its definition often.
saying the word. Use the pronunciation key in your dictionary to learn
the correct pronunciation.
to learn the word and its meaning the first time you see it.
vocabulary flip cards from index cards. Write the word on one side and
the meaning on the other.
up a sentence you can understand using the word correctly.
the word: try to make it plural, to change the tense, to add -ly.
the word in conversation, being sure to pronounce it correctly.
the word in writing assignments as often as possible.
the word many times in your mind.
a few words each day for several days to firmly learn them. Donít
overload yourself with too long a word list.
the words used by teachers, public speakers, people on TV, etc. If
they know these words, why donít you?