ting at roses
Wed Mar 8 13:20:53 EST 1995
erina at ksu.ksu.edu (Erin Crouch) writes:
: Hello, I just subscribed to this group and find it extremely fascinating and
: helpful. I am an undergraduate Microbiology student at Kansas State
: University in Manhattan, Ks. I am in the process of trying to improve my
: communication skills and find myself lacking in vocabulary. Is there a good
: way to improve your vocabulary? If so how? In the process of this
: improvement I have also subscribed to groups in my own field of interest. I
: find some of the terms used foreign. I am looking for a good all purpose
: scientific dictionary. I am too impatient to wait for my education to
: catch-up to my reading interests. Thank you for your help in advance.
Hi, when I was an undergraduate I wanted to improve my vocabulary,
too. I bought a little notebook that I kept beside me when I read.
If I found that I came across a word that I couldn't clearly define,
then I wrote it down, along with the sentence I had read it in. Then
I would look that word up in the dictionary and write down the
definition, too. It was surprising to me how many words I thought I
understood when I read them, but couldn't clearly define. I found
that in reading I was using context to infer the meanings of the word,
but this meant that the word was not part of my active vocabulary.
I kept this notebook by my bed and looked it over before bed when I
remembered. I think the method helped because I could remember the
book and situation in which I first came across each word, which
helped me remember their definitions.
This turned out to help me a lot on the GRE's!
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