6 Helpful Tips to Memorize New Vocabulary

Help Your Kids Memorize New Vocabulary

Sometimes kids need help memorizing new definitions and vocabulary. With every subject your child studies there are words and definitions that need to be learned.

Here are 6 helpful tips that make memorizing new words and definitions easier and quicker.

6 Helpful Tips to Memorize New VocabularyMake Visual Cues

Have your child write new words and definitions on sticky notes and put them on their mirror, desk and around the house.

Create coloured posters that have the new vocabulary terms and definitions and hang them where they study.

This is a great memorization technique for visual learners and helps the auditory and kinesthetic learners improve their visual memory which is needed for reading spelling and writing.

Recite, repeat and sound out the new vocabulary

Recite, sing or hum the definitions and words as often as you can. By doing this you make repetition, an essential memory builder seem effortless. This makes memorizing part of your child’s everyday routine without spending any extra study time.

Flashcards Help

A good way to review vocabulary is by making flashcards. On the front, write the vocabulary word. On the back, write the dictionary definition, plus a short description.

Use Mind Maps

Make associations with vocabulary ideas and feelings. Once you make a connection between what you know and what you want to remember it makes the brain easier to see it and find it. For example gargantuan is similar to huge, large, gigantic. Relate the word to what you already know.

Memorize using Antonyms and Synonyms

Learn opposites (antonyms) and words with similar meanings (synonyms) together. For example, learn sad/happy (antonyms) and happy/joyful (synonyms) at the same time. Memorizing similar and opposite things together makes them stick in your mind.

Practice and practice more

Research shows that it takes anywhere from ten to twenty repetitions to embed your word into your memory and make it part of your vocabulary. Write the new word and the definition. Try to use the word. Think of new ways to repeat and use your new words and definitions.

Learning vocabulary is a life long school activity. Vocabulary books and games make learning vocabulary much easier.


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