How to improve your vocabulary for CATRahul Singh
How to improve your vocabulary for CAT
In order to get into a top B School, it is very important to plan and devote equal time and effort to all the sections. Students should prepare a proper study schedule keeping all the sections in mind and should follow it with complete dedication. Students generally end up concentrating more on Quants and DI, leaving very little time for verbal ability. The vocabulary being one of the most important parts of verbal ability is something that you cannot improve in a short span of time. You need to put in continuous efforts to improve your vocabulary. A rich vocabulary helps you to express yourself in a better way and improve your language and literacy skills.
Here are a few tips which will help you to build your vocabulary
- Reading Habit:
You can improve your vocabulary by reading a standard National Daily Newspaper or some good books regularly. This will just not help you to understand the meaning of the words but will also show their practical implications in the sentences. Apart from this, regular reading helps in increasing your reading speed as well as increasing your awareness about the current affairs. Students do complain that they find reading as boring but for the start, you can start with some interesting news piece or some small book to grab your attention. And once your interest develops, you can proceed with some really good. Keep in mind to look up a standard dictionary to understand the words better and to take references.
- Using diversified ways:
Another way to improve the vocabulary can be starting watching some English television series or movies and take notes if required. Also, try to converse more in English and use the words which you have learned in your daily conversation. This will help you to retain and understand the meaning of the word for a longer time.
- Use Visual Vocabulary:
Try to use visual vocabulary techniques to learn and memorize the words. To build your visual vocabulary pick a topic in which you are interested and try to brainstorm all words related to that topic. After writing all the words you can create a visual icon on your own. This will help you in remembering that word. You can also list down words related to a theme like travel, food, holiday, hobbies, etc. In this way you will be able to build your visual vocabulary stronger.
- Make roots your friend:
There are various ways in which one can remember the meaning of the words. Few of the techniques include imagery or association to get a quick recall. One more way for the same is to understand the root of the word, once you are aware of the root you can easily understand and recall the meaning of the word and this understanding will remain with you for life long. Mostly English words have either Latin or Greek roots. For exam root “Mal” means bad so, whenever you will see this prefix in the word at least you can guess that its a negative word and you can try to memorize the word. Some of the words from “mal” are Malnutrition, Malign, Malefactor, Malcontent, Malevolent, Malodorous, Maladapted, etc.
- Learn a word a day:
Make it a habit to learn one word per day. This approach seems to be too rigid for some students, but it’s a very easy and almost negligible time-consuming technique to learn new words. And don’t forget to use that word in your conversation for better retention. Using those words in daily life will make you remember that else you will forget that word within days.
- Phone Dictionary
Earlier people use to carry a small dictionary with them to increase their vocabulary. But in today’s era we all have mobile phones with us. So, Install an English Dictionary on your phone and make a habit to use it frequently throughout the day. While learning the meaning of the words also pay attention to the roots and pronunciation of the word. Also look at the Antonyms and Synonyms of that word. Most of the time the app shows both Antonym and Synonym when you search for the word.
- Practice reading comprehension:
Reading comprehension is one of the major parts of the verbal ability section. The challenge which students generally face is the slow reading speed as well as unable to understand and interpret the comprehension majorly because of weak vocabulary. Practicing more and more comprehensions will help you to achieve speed in reading as well as to check how much you have progressed in terms of improving your vocabulary.
- Mobile applications:
There are many applications available on play store and app store which provides you games to improve your vocabulary. You can install one such app on your mobile and start playing it whenever you get time. It will help you to improve your vocab in your free time in an interesting way. Some of the games are Word Jumble, Puzzle, Scrabble, Anagrams, Boggle, etc. Some of the other mobile apps for Vocabulary are PowerVocab, Word of the day Widget, Vocabulary.com, Word to Word, 7 little words, Word with friends, etc.
Students have now become much more tech-savvy and that’s where kindle can help you to work on your vocabulary. Students now feel why to carry a book when it is available online. Kindle can cater to that need. You can buy or download an e-book and read it to build your vocabulary.
Always keep flashcards with you. They are pocket-friendly and whenever you get time, just take out those flashcards and start learning some new vocabulary. They have words arranged in alphabetical order so make target for every day and take these cards with you throughout the day. Also, don’t forget to revise these flashcards frequently.
- Vocab Notebook:
Make a notebook where you can write all the new words you learn daily. Try to write the meaning, the root word, Antonyms, and Synonyms all so that you can memorize it all once you are revising the meaning and words again you can also look at the other things altogether. By writing down the meanings and words will help you in memorizing them easily.
- Board games:
A board game like scrabble gives you an opportunity to learn and use already learned words in a fun way. This provides you an interesting way to learn and implement what you have learned. Some of the popular board games to improve your vocabulary are Scrabble, Taboo, Boggle, Jenga, Apples to Apples, Upwords, Scattergories, Balderdash, Bananagrams, Funglish, Catch phrase, Last words, Word Connect, You have been sentenced, etc
- Word Power Made Easy:
Read the book “Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis. It has words with roots which will help you in memorizing the words as well as meaning. You can also refer to “Six Weeks to Word of Power” by Wilfred Funk.
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- Mock test:
There are various mock tests available online which can help you to check your progress in terms of vocabulary building. A mock test on the verbal ability section generally consists of reading comprehension, grammar, verbal reasoning, critical reasoning, etc. which will help you not only to check for your vocabulary but also will give you confidence about the whole verbal ability section.
All the tips mentioned above can help you to improve your vocabulary and please remember a good vocabulary will not only help you to crack MBA exams but also will help you to achieve other occupational success. So to build your vocabulary start learning new words, try using them in your daily routine, repeat those words often so that you can’t forget them, Speak and talk in English as much as possible, watch videos of vocabulary while walking or when you are going to bed and Keep revising your notebooks.