Tips to improve your Vocabulary
The IELTS is a good test of vocabulary and a quarter of the total marks in the Writing/Speaking sections cover vocabulary. Even the Reading/Listening sections test vocabulary. Vocabulary in fact involves the use of appropriate words to carry out effective communication.
The Reading section, has the words and phrases mentioned in the text are paraphrased requiring a candidate to understand proper usage. Here are some examples:
Words/phrases used in questions
Words/phrases used in text
Days were in equal length
24 hours of 60 minutes
Divided into two equal halves
Split into two periods
Organizing public events
Coordinating in community activities
WAYS OF IMPROVING VOCABULARY
Improvement in vocabulary is a time consuming activity involving several days. It is not achieved overnight. In case the candidates start practicing earlier, he/she becomes better. We present a few tips for reference:
- Search for new words everyday in activities like reading the newspaper, watching a film, listening to some speeches. Also know the words you never heard before. Take time to understand the meaning of the word based on the context or usage. Furthermore cross check with the dictionary. Add it to a list of new words and clearly understand its meaning.
- Make a List of new words in a notebook and note down pronunciation, meanings, synonyms, antonyms, and collocations.
- Studying and development of systems to improve and assist memory are fine to practice. These help to learn new words. Learn to use an unfamiliar word in the speech/writing for a long time. It must make a mark in your memory and become a part of vocabulary.
These tips take time but surely improve vocabulary and bring confidence. In fact they give a boost to take the Test. The candidate can also use books and online resources to build vocabulary.
THINGS TO AVOID