The smart way to get hold on SSAT vocabulary section
Vocabulary is a very important part of any competitive exam, and SSAT exams are no different in this case. Though the SSAT exams cover a lot of subjects, English is a very crucial one. A major chunk of the total marks is allocated to the English section.
In that light, a strong vocabulary is mandatory. An SSAT practice aspirant must get a strong hold on vocabulary and word roots. But there is no formula for success, especially in this section. Serious and consistent effort is required to ace it.
A student must continuously read, and improve the word bank. That being said, hard work must be coupled with smart work. To that end, here are a few smart means to develop your vocabulary for the upcoming SSAT exams.
Make Developing Vocabulary A Family Game:
Make a list of three to five words. Then track who all in the family are using the words correctly in their speech. Each player gets two or three points extra if they use two words in one sentence.
It is for the parents to note that children better remember words when they are used in context. This helps them recall the meaning of the words better.
Additionally, encourage your children to read small articles online and explain the meaning to you. This way you can help your child develop the comprehension skill.
Study Word Roots:
In addition to developing vocabulary, it is important to know the roots of the words. During the SSAT test, you may come across an unknown word. It is okay. But if you know the word root, you can come up with an alternative word.
For instance, you may not know what malfeasance means. But if you know that “mal” refers to something negative you can still work your way out.
Read Articles, Not Words Out of Context:
It is a wrong idea to mug up a list of words. Such a list of words when not related to context is useless. Instead, read a lot of articles, including those that are a level higher than the articles you usually read.
It is essential to learn the meaning of one word in different contexts. Having such a strong vocabulary can play to your benefit even beyond your SSAT exams.
In addition to building a strong vocabulary using this method, try and learn as many synonyms as possible for the given word.
Challenge yourself to construct a passage using the various synonyms of the word.
Begin With Words That You Know:
During the exam, begin with the words that you know. It is a bad idea to start with words that you might have heard, or with words, you are not confident about. There can be an nth number of wrong definitions for a given word and only a handful of right ones. So if you are not sure of the meaning of a certain word, chances of you going wrong shoots up.
In order to decrease such odds, it is crucial to start the process of elimination with known words.
Use Newly Learnt Words In Daily Conversation:
It is believed, that if one uses one word twice in a conversation in the span of one week, the person will remember the word forever. On the flip side, if one cannot pronounce a certain word, chances are, the person will never use that word.
Under such circumstance, that will become one of those words which they know but cannot exactly define. It is important to note that the way a word sound is closely related to what it means. Thus it is essential to use the newly learned words in daily speech. Only learning them on pen and paper is not enough.
Make A word Journal:
It is impossible to learn a new word every day. Even though you may hear new words, you may not be able to recall what they really mean. That is okay. However, it is important to write down new words every time you hear them.
In order to take this a step further, flashcards or memory games can be used to boost the vocabulary. Tease your brain every now and then as a means of learning new words.
A good vocabulary is not only to last for your SSAT exams or any other competitive exam. It is a treasure, that will last a lifetime.