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08/14/2018
An extensive vocabulary can help you communicate with the world more effectively. To learn how to build yours up, go through the tips in this post by The Tutoring Center, Southgate MI.

How to Build Your Vocabulary

To get the guidance, attention, and time you need to become an effective learner, turn to The Tutoring Center, Southgate MI. Call (734) 785-8430 for more information on their academic programs, or to enroll in one-to-one tutoring in Southgate MI.

Read as Much as You Can

The first tip in building your vocabulary is to increase your book count. This is because, the more you read, the more likely it is that you'll come across new words. Especially if you go over texts by skillful authors who dominate the English language, you're sure to find unknown words in them. Moreover, it's recommended that you read material on a variety of subjects, so your vocabulary can expand beyond the standard pool of words. However, if you don't have a strong reading habit, you can set up a few goals to help you become a bookworm. For example, committing to reading around half an hour each day is a great way to start. Before you know it, you'll get used to that routine, and you will increment your reading time.

Keep a Dictionary Handy

Increasing your vocabulary isn't just about looking for and finding new words. As you can imagine, having a large collection of words, without knowing what they mean won't do you any good. For that reason, it is imperative that you keep a dictionary handy. This way, you can crack it open whenever you find a word with an unknown meaning. Not only that, but it can help you learn more about words in general (for instance, what their part of speech is, their pronunciation, any synonyms, among other similar information you could find useful). Be aware, however, that if you ever have doubts about a word's meaning because of unknown words within its definition, you're advised to search for those unfamiliar words in the dictionary, too. This so you can be completely sure of a word's meaning and its correct usage.

Get Into the Habit of Writing

Increasing your vocabulary is like a skill: you need to practice to get better at it. This is why, while finding unknown words and figuring out their meaning are good first and second steps, you actually need to employ those new words to get them to stick and become part of your regular lingo. To that end, you should get into the habit of writing a little bit each day. You can keep a journal where you document your daily experiences, thoughts, feelings, and more. Writing will reap more benefits than simply widening your vocabulary, as it's likely you'll exercise your imagination, clear your head, and help you work on your spelling, grammar, and other academic skills.

Call The Tutoring Center, Southgate MI at (734) 785-8430 for more information on how they can assist you, or to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

Talk to Other People

One thing you can do to kill two birds with one stone is to talk to other people. During your conversation, listen for the words they use and pay attention to any new words you may encounter through them. Also, be aware of how they employ said word, so you can have a better idea of how to communicate effectively. Then, you can use this opportunity to practice your new vocabulary. When talking, make an effort to utilize the words you just included in your vocabulary. At first, you may feel like you're forcing them out. However, the more you use them, the more natural it will become for you to talk with them, which will mean they're formally a part of your vocabulary.

Learn in a Fun Way

Finally, there's another approach you can take to expand your vocabulary: play games. Luckily, in this day and age, you can learn almost anything in a fun way. Engaging in a game of Scrabble or completing a crossword puzzle can help you become a true vocabulary wizard. Moreover, if you search the internet, you're sure to find apps and online games that are meant to help you build up your word pool. All of this, while you have fun and are entertained, making it more likely that you'll want to work on your vocabulary.

The Tutoring Center, Southgate MI can help you reach your academic goals. Call (734) 785-8430 to enroll in one-to-one tutoring Southgate MI.

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