A word of warning: words you find in a thesaurus can’t always be used interchangeably; even words with similar meanings can differ subtly in a way that makes them inappropriate in certain contexts, so find examples of a word used correctly before you use a new word for the first time.
A word of warning: words you find in a thesaurus can’t always be used interchangeably; even words with similar meanings can differ subtly in a way that makes them inappropriate in certain contexts, so find examples of a word used correctly before you use a new word for the first time.– Learn prefixes, suffixes and roots – it sounds boring, but this shortcut will help you learn a great many more words.
Prefixes are added to the beginning of a word to change the meaning, such as “semi” or “ante”, while suffixes are added to the end, such as “-able” or “-ance”.
– Start a vocabulary book – you probably have one if you’re learning a foreign language, so why not have one for your native language as well?
We’ve mentioned this on a previous article on essay writing, but it seems pertinent to mention it here too.
Essays are a chance for you to show off how widely read you are, so make sure you quote other people’s opinions, and original sources, on what you’re writing about.
Buy yourself a nice notepad and use it to collect new words and their meanings.
The act of writing down the definition will help you remember it, and you could include an example of how the word is used to increase your chances of memorising it for use in essays.
Read essays on a wide variety of subjects, not necessarily just those that you’re studying; different disciplines might apply different kinds of arguments or styles, so the wider you read, the more possible techniques there are for you to pick up and use in essays of your own. Has the writer used any techniques you’ve not seen before?
As you read other people’s essays, don’t just take them at face value. Another good source of essays is the broadsheet newspapers.
A good vocabulary will allow you to express exactly what you mean, as clearly and concisely as possible.
Economy with words is a characteristic of all good essays, because readers (and essay-markers) don’t like having their time wasted with long, rambling points that could have been expressed in half the number of words.