While in our everyday speech we may speak casually, for a student who wants to develop his intellect as much as possible, vocabulary should continually be built upon. Any time a student encounters a word that is unfamiliar, that student should write that word down, look up its definition, and use it in a sentence. Keeping a vocabulary notebook is a super idea for any student, even adult students. A good way to develop one's vocabulary speedily is to read certain authors who use lesser-known words. An example of a current author is Charles Krauthammer who recently published "Things That Matter." Even an educated person will find words in this series of essays that can be learned. Never underestimate the power of a strong vocabulary!
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It's mid-January now. Time to stop vacationing and get down to business, isn't it? For students, that would mean things like learning the vocabulary and terminology of every subject they are studying, whether required by their instructor or not. Learning the terminology -- how to spell the words, and what their meaning is in the context of that subject -- that is one way to truly and thoroughly learn a subject -- not just sit back and wait for the instructor to tell you what to do. Take the reins of your own education! Start by learning the terminology and meanings of the words that apply to each subject. Can you use those words in a sentence of our own making? Can you discuss those words with others in the field? Students, take charge of your own learning. Motivate yourself! Do not wait for others to inspire you. Start by thoroughly mastering the terminology. I'll bet your test scores will...