I think that I’ve got to take a break from GED poetry for a while. It’s hard, right? One of the things that makes poetry hard, and some of the other reading on the GED is vocabulary. I’ve given some vocabulary advice for the GED test before, but I thought it would help to give some more advice on how to build your vocabulary…learn more words before you take the GED test.
Here’s the vocabulary advice that helps me out…
1) Whenever you’re reading, try to find new words that you don’t know. Sometimes, I kinda skip over words when I’m reading instead of trying to figure them out, and sometimes I don’t even notice the words I don’t know! So look down the page to find words you don’t know, and keep them written down in a notebook. First, think about how the word is used and guess what it means. Then look it up, and find the definition. The more you notice the words and use them, the better your vocabulary will be.
2) Play games with words, like crossword puzzles and stuff like that. Start with ones that aren’t too hard, and then do harder ones. The more word games you play, the more you’ll remember the words.
3) Have a plan to understand new words. Your plan should include:
a) Look at the words nearby. Can you tell by the context (the other words) what the word means? Here’s a website to help you use context clues: http://www.how-to-study.com/building-vocabulary.htm
b) Look at the word itself. Is it similar to any words you know? Does it have a prefix (beginning) or suffix (ending) that gives a clue to what the word means? This website has a list of prefixes, suffixes, and roots (main part) of words: http://www.uefap.com/vocab/build/building.htm
c) Check the dictionary. This should be the last thing you do… it’s better to figure out the word than just to read it in the dictionary.
Here’s some good website links to help you learn more words, and have a bigger vocabulary for the GED:
Scroll to the bottom of this one to see some quizzes: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/vocabulary.htm
Here’s one with vocabulary games: http://vocabulary.co.il/index_main.php
This one has some exercises…click through with the arrow: http://www.studygs.net/vocabulary.htm
“A Word a Day” at http://www.wordsmith.org/awad/index.html gives you vocabulary words and also has audio so you can hear how they’re said.
More vocabulary is definitely going to help with the GED, because a lot of the test is about reading things and understanding them. So, keep working on your vocabulary for your GED! And if you have anything you want to know about for your GED, let me know with a comment… and I’ll see if I can find out about it.
To find out more about the GED test and GED test preparation, visit The GED Academy at passGED.com.