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Importance of Vocabulary Study Guide

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Updated on Sep 20, 2011

Importance of Vocabulary Study Guide

This lesson reviews five important reasons to improve your vocabulary, and gives you some short diagnostic test questions to help you evaluate your word power strengths and weaknesses.

VOCABULARY LISTS? UGH. Word tests? Double ugh. Spelling tests? Triple, triple ugh.

Sound familiar? Many people have uttered those ughs, silently or out loud—and probably more than once. At first glance, studying words and their meanings (and their correct spellings) may not appear to be a fun activity, but few areas of study can bring you more rewards in the long run.

Here are some important reasons to increase your word power.

  1. You'll do better on tests—and not just vocabulary tests. Knowing more words is the key to showing your teachers that you've been reading your assignments and absorbing the ideas you're taught. You'll have an impressive inventory of words to choose from when answering questions.
  2. Your thought process will improve. One problem you might have run into when writing an essay is that it requires a certain word count, but you can't think of enough to write about! When your vocabulary knowledge increases, you can describe your ideas, feelings, opinions, and facts more precisely because you have more words at your disposal. Before you know it, you'll not only write thoughtful, descriptive essays—you'll meet that word count and have more to say than ever before!
  3. You'll better understand the things you read. You get most of the new information you learn, in school and out in the world, by reading. Think of all the reading you do: on websites and blogs you visit, sending and receiving text messages, listening to songs. Commercials, television shows, and movies you see are full of words. Every medium, whether it's something you're assigned in school or something you've chosen to experience as entertainment, is at least partly made up of words. The more words you know, the more you'll be able to understand and appreciate new things.
  4. You'll impress people with your word power. This may seem like a superficial reason to build vocabulary, but think about it. Right now, you're a student and you want to impress your teachers and prove your academic abilities to them. Once you're out in the working world, you'll find it's even more important to make a good impression—on future bosses, for example. And both now and in the future, you've got to convince friends and family that you know what you're talking about and you mean what you say.

What better way to accomplish these goals than to have an extensive inventory of words! That's what impressing people is all about: making a good impression because you've found the words to say exactly what you mean.

Can you think of any other reasons to build your word power? If so, jot them down here:

Measuring Your Word Power Strengths and Weaknesses

The pretest you took before starting this section gave you a general evaluation of your word power skills. You may wish that you'd scored higher on that test, but never fear. You're on your way to improving your word power by reading and completing the lessons in this book. After those, you'll ace the posttest!

Find Practice Problems and Answers for these concepts at:

Importance of Vocabulary Practice Exercises

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