each unfamiliar word (e.g., the word perspicacious).
the definition of the word.
Read the text around the unknown word
to see if you can figure out what it means. This is called
using context clues. (If you are perspicacious, your
keen sense of detail may help you find the meaning from context
If you can't figure out the meaning
from the context clues, see if the word is in the glossary
at the back of the book.
If you can't find it in the glossary,
look it up in the dictionary (perspicacious - able to understand
or perceive keenly).
If you still can't understand the
definition, ask your teacher to explain it.
Write the word on the front of a note
yourself the definition of the word.
Say the definition to yourself.
Write the definition on the back of
the note card.
a key word.
Associate a key word with the word
you are trying to learn.
The key word should sound like or
look like a word you already know (e.g., perspicacious looks
like the word perspective).
Think of an interaction between the
word you are trying to remember and the key word. (A perspicacious
person has a keen perception).
Try to picture the interaction in
your mind. (picture the statue of the thinker as a perspicacious
person who has a keen perspective).
about your strategy.
Think of the key word.
Then, say the definition of the word
Study your note cards with unfamiliar
Close your eyes and test yourself.
Read the word and then try to recall the definition on the
back. Then, check yourself to see if you are correct. If not,
try to recall the key word and imagine the interaction between
the key word and the word you are trying to remember.