How to Memorise Vocabulary?
Hello friends, these days most of the students are preparing for CAT, GMAT, TOEFL, BANK PO, and other competitive examinations. For these examinations they have to memorise vocabulary words. They face a lot of problems in memorising them.
Hello friends, these days most of the students are preparing for CAT, GMAT, TOEFL, BANK PO, and other competitive examinations. For these examinations they have to memorise vocabulary words. They face a lot of problems in memorising them. If you follow the rote method then it is very difficult to recall the correct answer because in rote memorisation, thoughts are most of the time unorganised and students blindly mug up the answers. Here is a method which will enable you to increase your remembering and recollection speed as far as vocabulary is concerned. The method I have developed is known as A.I.R. method.
“A” – The Law of Association – If we associate or link some new information with anyone of thousands of old information already stored in our brain, then the process of retention becomes easy.
“I” – The Law of Imagination – Try to visualise each and everything in your mind as picture memory is 20 times stronger than word memory.
“R” – The Law of Ridiculous Thinking – Things which are different, unusual, unique, exceptional, and/or distinctive remain imbibed in our brain for longer times.
Now let us see how these laws help us to memorise the following words.
1. Asinine (Word) : Stupid (Meaning)
Now just visualise the word Asinine and associate it with its meaning on the right hand side.
Explanation : These nine asses are doing stupid activities.
2. Ameliorate : To improve quality, to make something better.
Explanation : Amul butter rate (Ameliorate) and quality is improving day by day.
3. Cajole : To flatter
Explanation : Nowadays actress Kajol (cajole) is flattering Shahrukh Khan for securing a role in his forthcoming movie.
4. Capacious : Huge
Explanation : See that you are sporting a huge cap.
5. Copious : Plentiful
Explanation : Visualise that you are photocopying a page and pages are coming out of photocopier.
6. Descant : Discuss in detail
Explanation : An ant sitting on the desk was discussing about her marriage with her friend.
7. Flay : Strip off
Explanation : One day while playing (flay) in the garden, he fell down and the skin of his knee stripped off.
8. Flux : Continuous change/ Process of flowing out.
Explanation : Visualise that youth generally use lux (flux) soap to see the continuous change of becoming fair day by day.
9. Immutable : Stable
Explanation : See a table. You are trying to move a table but as it is stable it is refusing to move.
10. Incarnate : Embodied in flesh/human form
Explanation : Devil in human form caught a car in net (Incarnate).
Now you can expand each visual and make it clear. Try to make your picture (visualisation) colourful, big, moving, and odd for perfect retention.
[The writer is world memory record holder and maintains his blog at www.memoryboy.blogspot.com]