To prepare for GMAT, you need to have an active vocabulary as it helps to qualify the sections like Verbal section and AWA. There are two major techniques to build and enhance your word stock – 1. Learning & 2. Application, i.e. learn new words and apply them in your day to day conversation.
Investing your time and effort in learning new words can be a delightful and profitable for you. Devoting 15 minutes every day will not only improve your vocabulary skills but also enhance your communication skills as in writing and conversing skills. To learn, don’t sit with the whole set of new words and a dictionary. In this post, we will discuss on how you can build your vocab by practising few simple steps.
Learning New Words
- Be a voracious reader.
Make reading a habit. Read fiction, non-fiction, online magazines, blogs, and newspaper. When you read, you find new words used in some particular context. In this way, you not only learn the word but also understand it’s application along with meaning.
- Make dictionary & thesaurus your best friend.
As soon as you find an unfamiliar word, find what it means in the dictionary. Read more about what part of speech it belongs to and it’s usage.
- Write down a sentence.
Once you become familiar with the word, write down sentences using it. Also write sentences using its other forms like noun, pronoun, verb or adjective.
Using New Words
- Implement what you learned.
In day to day situations and conversation, try to relate the words you have learned and apply or use them. Try to use those words in new contexts, not only verbally but also in your writings. Look for concepts related to the new words you’re using. Engage and use new words in conversations. Talking with others can help you learn and discover new words too.
- Study and review regularly.
Building a vocabulary is all about revising and practising the words regularly until you get a complete hold on them. Spare 15 minutes of your time every day for vocabulary. Make it your break activity. After studying for 2 hours, take a break of 15 minutes and play crossword puzzles, scrabble, anagrams, word jumble and Boggle.
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