How to Keep Building Your Vocabulary


When you leave school, or college someone will inevitably point out that this is not the end- not by a long shot. It is only the beginning.

No educative process is ever the end; it is always the beginning of more education, more learning, more living. To increase your SAT vocabulary too you need to keep practicing.  To stop increasing your vocabulary is to stop your intellectual growth. Here are few steps you must take so that your vocabulary will keep growing and growing.

Step One: You must become actively receptive to new words.

Word’s do not come chasing after you – you must train yourself to be on a constant lookout, in you reading and listening, for any words that people know and you don’t.

Step Two: You must read more.

As a young adult, you will find most of the sources of your supply of new words in books and magazines. Is your reading today largely restricted to a quick perusal of the daily newspaper? Then you will have to change your habits. If your aim is to have a superior vocabulary, you will have to make the time to read at least one book and several magazines every week. Not just for this week or the next – but every week for the rest of your life. There is not a single person I know who possessed a rich vocabulary who was not also an omnivorous reader.

Step Three: You must learn to add to your own vocabulary the new words you meet in your reading.

When you see an unfamiliar word in a book or magazine, do not skip over it impatiently. Instead pause for a moment and say it to yourself – get used to its sound and appearance. Then puzzle out its possible meaning in the context of the sentence. Whether you come to the right conclusion or not, whether indeed you are able to come to any intelligent conclusion at all, is of no importance. What is important is that you are, by this process, becoming super conscious of the word and your sat vocabulary list keeps increasing. As a result, you will suddenly notice this very word pops up unexpectedly again and again in all your reading- for now your mind has been alerted to notice it. And of course after you’ve seen it a few times, you will know fairly accurately not only what it means but the many ways in which it can be used.

Step Four: You must open your mind to new ideas.

Every word you know is the translation of an idea. Think for a few minute of the areas of human knowledge that may possibly be unknown to you- psychology, science, art, music, or whatever. In every field, from the simplest to the most abstruse, there are several books written got the average, untrained lay reader that will give you both a good grasp of the subject and at the same time add immeasurably to your vocabulary. College students have large vocabularies because they are required to expose themselves constantly to new areas of learning. You must do the same.

Step Five: You must set a Goal

If you do nothing about your vocabulary, you will learn, at most, twenty-five to fifty new words in a month. By conscious effort you can learn several thousand. Set yourself goal of finding several new words every day. You will soon discover as soon you start actively looking for new words in your reading, and actively doing reading of a more challenging type, that new words are all around you – that is, if you’re ready for them.

You will find Vocabulary Building snowballs. The results of each new day’s search will be greater and greater – once you provide the necessary initial push, once you gain momentum, once you become addicted to looking for, finding and taking possession of new words.

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