When I was reading last night, I suddenly realized that ever since I got into college I haven’t been actively learning any new vocabulary as there are no more compulsory English classes. When I was in high school, I would use cue cards and notebooks to jot down all the vocabulary and phrases I have come across when reading or during class, and eventually, I built a notebook full of words that I love and I have remembered.
Some reason why you should improve your vocabulary
- It sharpens our communication: having good vocabulary means you can easily express yourself in a clear and concise manner.
- Learning vocabulary allows you to write better articles and essays: and that is, of course, fundamental for students, who always need to write essays for their assignments.
- You can also read faster: understanding more words means you can read smoothly without having to guess the meaning of the words constantly.
- And more importantly, learning vocabulary is vital if you are learning a foreign language. Vocabulary is key to communication if you want to excel in a language.
The 28-Day Vocabulary Challenge
Now, with the start of October, I decide to start a new challenge on this blog with everyone here: the 28-Day Vocabulary Challenge! It is a challenge that aims at building your vocabulary throughout a month, and one that motivates you to actively learn. By just spending around 5 minutes every day, you would see improvements in your vocabulary soon!
Now this doesn’t have to be English vocabulary, it can be any language you are learning currently. I am using English below for easy illustrations.
So what do I have to do?
- Download and Print the printable in the ST Resource Library.
- Commit to learning a word every day.
- Write down the vocabulary you want to learn that day.
- Note down the meaning of that word.
- Write an example sentence that you can think of.
- Continue for 28 days!
And it is as simple as that! You may ask why I don’t just stop at writing down the meaning? Well, I believe that one has not learnt a word until one knows how to use it. If you don’t know how a word fit in a sentence, you may use the word incorrectly when writing.
An illustration on how to use the vocabulary challenge printable
As you can see, all you have to do is just fill in three rows every day. By the end of the month, you will have an entire page of vocabulary you have learnt during the month! I have also added a “category” option for those who would like to learn a particular category of vocabulary that month. If you would just like to learn randomly, skipping that row is fine!
Join me on this challenge!
If you would like to participate in this challenge, here is what you can do:
- Make sure to first download and print the printable here!
- Next, tell me on Twitter by mentioning me @StudentsToolbox by saying that you are doing this challenge with me. A simple tweet like “I am doing the 28-day Vocabulary Challenge with @StudentsToolbox!” will do 🙂
- You may keep on updating me your progress throughout the month by
- Tweeting me
- Posting on Tumblr with #STVocabChallenge (remember to tag me @strive-for-da-best!)
- Posting on Instagram with #STVocabChallenge
- By the end of the month, I will make a post with all of your filled printables. Let’s celebrate our hard work by then!
Get access to the ST Resource Library now and download the printable!