Learn new vocabulary every day 🔠👨‍🏫
Derek Cowan
Derek Cowan
May 17, 2021
2 min
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We all learn in different ways and this is normal. When it comes to vocabulary many strategies are extremely useful. I will introduce you to one that my students find most effective.

As vocabulary is one of the most important parts of learning a language, it’s crucial to learn daily.

This strategy will combine reading and writing.

A common practice for students is to write endless lists of words and their definition. This can work, however, the ability for our brain to remember lists of words over time with no context is extremely low. So don’t do this, it’s generally a waste of time.

My strategy is simple and combines multiple other skills you need for learning English.

Aim - to learn up to 15 words per day.

Depending on your current level or ability this list should be used as a guide to follow.

Start with - 5 words per day working up to 15 words per day.

MonthNumber of words
1st month5 words oer day
2nd month8 words per day
3rd month10 words per day
4th month12 words per day
5th month15 words per day

Strategy for learning new vocabulary

Ok so let’s get started.

What you need: Notebook (used only for vocabulary) Pen or pencil

Exception - If you have a tablet with a pen then you can use that combined with OneNote or a similar note-taking app.

Did you know? Writing words with a pen has more impact on our ability to remember things. Check the link for more information. Writing By Hand Improves Your Memory, Experts Say | HuffPost Australia News (

Step 1

Find an article, blog post, news article or a book

article image

Step 2

Read the article highlighting any words you don’t understand. Do not try to understand the word at this point, only highlight. [add a list of sites link - different blog post to be created]


Step 3

Guess the meaning of the highlighted word from the context.

Step 4

Write the word in your notebook and its definition by searching the online dictionary, I’d recommend Cambridge Dictionary | English Dictionary, Translations & Thesaurus

Step 5

Write a sentence using the new word.

Step 6

Find synonyms and antonyms - you can use an online thesaurus or


Step 7

Repeat these steps daily reviewing past days words. Check this link on [how to review your words]

And that’s it! all you need to get started with this effective vocabulary learning strategy.

I hope you found it useful and if you have any questions please comment below.

Never stop learning Derek


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Derek Cowan

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