Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you struggle to find the right word to explain what you want to say and finally settle down for a subpar synonym? Just like describing your best meal in life as ‘Good’ rather than ‘Delectable’. Yes, you got it right!
We are talking about lack of vocabulary. It is a well-known fact that a great vocabulary can help us prevent such irritating situations. In addition to this, it is important to know that it can also help us with a lot of things outside reading and writing.
Certain benefits of having a great vocabulary are: more success at work, expanding lines of reasoning, lightening the load on working memory, and building a better understanding of the language. With all the benefits mentioned above, good vocabulary can assist you with the Verbal Ability section of CAT 2018. Under this article, we will talk about various techniques that will assist you in enhancing your vocabulary for CAT, MAT, XAT 2018 and other such management entrances.
Read and Read and Read
Get into the habit of reading and try to read as much as you can. The best part of reading is that your brain unconsciously or sub consciously filters the information and you even grasp the words without knowing much about it. This generally happens when you try to find out the meaning based on the entire sentence. Thus, the process of reading will add up to your stock of vocabulary.
Make use of a journal
Make a habit of preparing a journal and noting down the words as and when you learn a new word. Go through the written words time and again. This will help you enhance the vocabulary and boost your motivation to learn new words.
Diversified mode of learning
Do not attempt to read the same kind of material every day or repeatedly. This will confine you to a specific level and you will end up being in the dark. Simply expose yourself to extensive vocabulary which will make you learn more words than ever.
There are many memory techniques like association, imagery can aid your learning for better learning and quicker recall. An example of root words is, Root: CAL which means beauty. The examples are: Calligraphy, Calomel etc.
Make mind maps
Mind maps help you remember words easily as these are visuals you can use to retain a group of words that is connected. These can be drawn with hand in the form of rough notes in planning session, discussion, meetings etc. or as higher quality pictures when more time is available