Vocabulary in GRE is as important as ketchup with fries. A two-thirds of your GRE exam is tested on your vocabulary skills -the Analytical Writing and Verbal Reasoning sections. Excellent vocabulary results to high score! Learning a word no longer means being able to rattle off a boxed definition but being able to understand how that word is used in a sentence. For correct usage and placement of words you should be comfortable and familiar with identification of how those words function in context.
The foremost step is to get your hands on to GRE Flashcards, which will provide you a list of commonly coming words in GRE. Instead of cramming up each word, the following techniques given below might help:
1. Google out the GRE words
The search engine daddy can be used to know how certain words are used in relation to specific news/event. Knowing the ‘connection’ results in better retention. Once you have identified the word and linked it with a past event, use it in a completely different context and write it down in a diary with the date mentioned. Doing this for all the words in the flashcards is a sure-shot way to excel the vocab section.
2. Hit the gym with vocab
The repetitive activities performed in the gym makes it a perfect place to remember the words you Googled out and wrote down. With your body moving and your brain activated, repeat the word along with the sentence you applied it in, as many times as you can, while performing an exercise set. It should be like: “Juxtapose. Black-and-white photos of slums were starkly juxtaposed with color images.”
3. mirror-obsession will help you learn.
Recall the words you were remembering 5 days back. If you cannot do so, identify the same from your ‘word diary’. Write down the word on a post-it and stick it on the bathroom mirror, allowing you to check it while brushing your teeth in the morning and during a face wash after a long day. Every time you see it, think of a sentence with your word in it. Similarly, keep on adding other words, and when you think you have got a good command over a word (i.e. when you remember the same, 5 days in a row), remove the same.
The above mentioned strategies/tricks were made just to help you remember complex words. We all know that words like quotidian and incongruous do exist but we rarely them in daily life. Why mugging up when we can learn them wisely through tips and tricks.
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