Flash Cards for GRE Vocabulary
It is not a hidden fact that when you prepare for the verbal section of GRE, you have to learn a huge list of words GRE test-takers find this quite intimidating as they visualize themselves drowning in words.
Have no fear-flash cards are here!
Flashcards, which are popular among GRE test takers, are a great tool to get you started and build a great GRE vocabulary. Here are some tips to get you started on your GRE vocabulary:
- Color code the words – Negative words in RED, Positive words in GREEN and NEUTRAL words in GREY. Color coding will help you to memorize the connotation of the word quickly and will help you in strengthening your ability to learn vocabulary visually. So –
- ambivalent that means having a mixed feeling is a neutral word and hence in grey color.
- vilify which means to criticize harshly is in red color
- approbation that means to praise is in green color
- Group words – To learn more words in one go, write synonyms of the words on flashcards. E.g., while learning the meaning of the word “obdurate,” learn more GRE words by listing out its synonyms—“adamant,” “recalcitrant,” “refractory,” “intractable,” “intransigent,” etc. You just got six words for the price of one. What color will you give these words?
- Use the words – Inculcating the habit of including the words you learn in your daily conversation(at least twice a day) will increase your retention power. Don’t worry about being spot-on, instead focus on using the word in any way that you can. Park, don’t stow away – To keep the words in your memory for a long time, keep reviewing old flashcards once in a while.
- In context vocabulary – don’t just concentrate on learning the meanings – see how the same word is used in a different context. Here is an example:
- Sheer: Sheer silk Sheer: I prefer drinking sheer wine!
- Sheer: A cave on a sheer cliff!
- Sheer: This is sheer nonsense try some popular mobile apps to work on your vocab while on the go
- Have a Flash Card buddy —To improve your vocabulary, team up with a friend, and make him your flashcard buddy! This way, you can try and test each other’s knowledge regularly.
- Use symbols – classify words in larger groups; e.g., all scientific words can be given an appropriate symbol, words indicating generosity can be symbolized with an “overflowing.”
- Make sentences – WRITE, yes, WRITE sentences with the words on your flashcards. Even with all electronic aids available to use – your good old handwriting is one of the most effective learning tools
While having a useful vocabulary is essential for GRE, equally important is your ability to use that vocabulary in a sentence. It is hence, essential for you to have a strategy to focus on the meaning of a sentence.
Mnemonically-enabled flashcards are an integral part of a Manya-The Princeton Review GRE class in which vocabulary is taught not just via Flashcards but also through other means such as etymology (aka word-roots) and vocab games.
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