Exam Skills
 

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- Use a learner dictionary

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- Use it or lose it

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- Vocabulary notebooks and word maps
Vocabulary note
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Try these two systems for building your vocabulary. Start keeping a vocabulary notebook and organise your words under different subject headings, like Work, Leisure and Culture. You could also make word maps, grouping together words on different topics or themes, like City Life, Films and Journeys.

Tips
  • Start a vocabulary notebook. The best kind is a small ring binder, so you can add more pages as you need them.
  • Use an alphabetical card system and group words under different subject headings, so you can find them easily.
  • Then choose language from your notebook to make useful word maps.

Test Your Understanding

Try the comprehension quiz




Glossary

 
systematically
in a carefully organised way

copious
lots

strings
lists

despairing
unhappy

clusters
groups

in isolation
on their own

ring binder
a file for holding papers, in which metal rings go through the edges of the pages to hold them in place
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