The Common Aptitude Test demands preparation of lots of topics. The one sections that bothers the students very much is the English language test. This section of the exam requires a good command over English in terms of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. The first two things can be improved if you build an effective vocabulary. In the competitive exams, the direct questions appear in the form of ‘synonyms’, ‘Antonyms’, ‘closest in meaning’, & ‘appropriate substitute in the context’. So, improving the vocabulary will not only help in the verbal ability but also in the effective communication as well.
How Better Vocabulary Helps You in The Exam?
Having an effective vocabulary is always pleasurable and profitable. Investing a little of 15-20 minutes every day is a worthy effort for your journey of good vocabulary. The management entrance exams, especially like CAT, requires that apart from good vocabulary you also know how to use a word in particular context. Even more, it helps you to understand better, communicate well and to write a rich content. Most importantly, in this process, you will develop a lasting habit of reading and self-improvement. Remember there are no shortcuts for vocabulary improvement. In the article below you will find ways to improve your vocabulary skills.
#1. Read More & More
There are two kinds of reading one is active and other is passive. In the passive reading, you tend to skip words and prefer to go with the flow of the information. It is quite true that you lost the essence of a story once you break the flow and start searching for the word. Imagine what if you don’t have to search again and again? This can be accomplished if in the starting only, you put little effort to search the meaning of the words. Little hard work, in the beginning, will definitely bring positive results in the future.
Bring the Curiosity in you
This is where the role of active reading comes into play. Whenever you spot a new word anywhere search for its meaning immediately. Moreover, the habit of curbing the desire or skipping the new words needs to be stopped. First of all, try to guess the meaning of the word by context. Think if it is a positive word or a negative. Since guessing only the outward appearance is not enough, you need to know its precise meaning. So, now, look for the meaning in the dictionary. Search for its context, parts of speech, antonyms, synonyms etc.
If you are not a habitual reader then start with the easy material. Reading newspapers is generally easier than reading a magazine. Even magazine like “Reader’s Digest’ is easier than “The Economist”. Similarly, newspapers like “The Hindustan Times” or “The Indian Express” is easier than “The Hindu”. The most important thing is that you read often as much as possible with the consciousness of learning new word always.
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#2. Dictionary the Rescuer
Whenever you find a word, it is important to search for its meaning. So, you need to require a dictionary which has a huge collection of words. If you are not comfortable with the hard copy of dictionaries, then download a good dictionary app in the mobile phones or you can also directly search on the internet.
What to check in the dictionary in addition of word meaning?
Whenever you read a word, read its complete definition, word origin, word usage, and its context. Moreover, read all its meaning, as a word can have more than one meaning which is used in different context. In addition to it, read the “history” of words, you will find interesting stories related to it. You must also refer to the Thesaurus, they contain the group of words within overall meanings.
#3. Books For Vocabulary
You can also access the static source of vocabulary, where you can get a list of words. These can be learned bit by bit daily. Thus having a good book gives you access to the most important words in one place and hence will save your time. Moreover, these books have practice exercises which will help you to retain the words better in memory.
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#4. Use Root-Prefix-Suffix Method
This technique is very efficient to learn many words. This way you will know how parts can go together to form different words. If you know this technique well, then you atleast figure out the word of meaning by knowing the meaning of the parts of a word. For example, take a root word “Mal” its meaning is bad. So, mala fide, malabsorption, malaise etc are the words which can from “mal”. You will atleast know that the context of the word is negative.
#5. Use Test & Puzzles to Memorise
In addition to using new words in daily communication, you can practice the learned words via interesting puzzles. You can try crossword in the newspapers. Students can also download apps for the same. You can practice, bookmark them for the revision later.
Last but not the least, building vocabulary is the self-motivation. The more you efforts you will put, the more the result you will see. Stay keen to your goal and keep learning words every day.