With useful tips on vocabulary learning and how to approach the test, the IELTS section aims to extend and improve the accuracy of your vocabulary and help you prepare for the IELTS test. It is designed for the students who are working alone who want to revise and extend their vocabulary. But it can be used as part of an IELTS preparation course in the classroom, or set as homework by a teacher.
1. Give yourself time and be organised
Learning vocabulary takes time and it can be a mistake to the force the process. If you are try to learn too many words too quickly, you can end up only confusing yourself. 5 words a day is more efficient than 20 words. 5 words a day means over 30 words a week.
2. Own one notebook
Have your own notebook and take the note all of new words with meaning, collocations, examples, synonyms and the mistakes you made when using these words.
3. Be active
Being active accelerates to the learning process. If you spend some time in focusing on vocabulary actively, you start to “notice” more about other words when you are just reading and listening. This concept of “noticing” is very trendy among the language teachers for now. Being active means setting aside some time each day to specific the vocabulary learning.
4. Use mnemonics
Learning a word won’t be help very much if you promptly forget it. Research shows that it takes from 10 to 20 repetitions to make a word part of your vocabulary. Therefore, you had better to review the new words after 10 minutes –one day – 4 days – one week – two weeks – one month – two months. Also, try to practice using the new words in a sentence.
5. Learn the right words
You want to focus your energy on the words you are going to use the most. It doesn’t really make a sense to spend time and energy on words that you will seldom use. The suggestion here is to focus on the Academic Word List: these are the 570 words which are the most common in academic writing of all kinds. The key point here is that the words aren’t really that is academic: rather they are the common words that all academics use. Most learners are surprised when they look at the list at how simple most of the words are.