make connections to your life

If you can identify with or make connections with a word, you’ll be more likely to remember it.  For example, for the word bluff, if you can remember a time when you or someone you know faked or lied and got caught, you can use the word bluff when telling the story , like this:  “I remember the time I bluffed about doing my homework…”


Doodling a picture for each vocabulary word can be useful!  Your doodle should somehow connect the word to something you imagine or picture in your head and can represent simply on paper.  As you’re doodling, repeat the word and definition aloud because remember – using more than one of your senses helps your memory!

make flashcards

Using index cards or cut-up paper, write each vocabulary word and part of speech on one side and its definition on the other side. 

To study, read the word aloud to yourself, then say the definition, if you know it, and then flip the card over and read the definition aloud to yourself.

To “quiz” yourself, look at the word, think of the definition, then check your answer by looking at the back of the card. You could also do the opposite:  read the definition and try to give the word that matches it.  Another alternative:  give the cards to someone at home and ask them to show you one side, then give them the information on that should be on the back.