Is it difficult to keep all the vocabulary you must know for you B1 exam? Here you are some tips to learn it easily.
The first step is to classify your vocabulary by topics (clothes, travel, food, hobbies, sport…). Once that is done, try to do a brain storming about all the words you know of that specific subject. Is it boring? Well, let´s try doing it with your classmates or any friend. Who knows more words?
Ok, your brain storming is already finished and you don´t have idea what to do with such amount of vocabulary, do you? It is easy; you only have to classify these words again. How can you do it? Using a mind map is the best option. How does it work exactly? You must put the main topic in the centre of your mind-map and each brunch of this “tree” will be a subtopic. Divide your list of vocabulary into several subtopics. So, in that way, you will see it clearer. Let´s see an example:
(List) CLOTHES: gloves, jeans, sweaters, flip-flops, shorts, boots, sunglasses, bag, cardigan, dress, sandals, blazer, coat, raincoat, umbrella, swimming costume, trainers….
Aren´t you sure if you have all the vocabulary you need to study for your Cambridge Official Exam? There is a Cambridge vocabulary list for PET on internet that you can check. Pincha aquí. Have a look and complete your mind map. You also can use colours to do it more visual and attractive to learn.
What about now? Do you have to sit down in front of your mind map and retain it in your mind? Well, that would be an option but it is quite boring and it is not useful at all. The best way to acquire new words is using them. But how can we do this? There are several activities to work with and have fun at the same time. Crosswords, word searches, describing pictures … where can you find resources like these ones? There is a really good book full of this type of worksheets to practice with. It is “Fun Activities for Cambridge Exams”. Pincha aquí.
As you see, it is divided into topics too. So, it would be easy for you to select what you want to work in.
Remember, your teacher can help you either to do your mind map or to select and correct the activities you are doing to practice and learn the new vocabulary.
You are almost there! Now that you know the new words and you can write them, next step and the last one is to use this new vocabulary as much as possible. If you have to write a letter, story, emails… use the vocabulary you have already learnt. Highlighting these words when you are reading is another tip to see how they are used and the different contexts in which these ones can be.
What can we conclude? Studying vocabulary won´t be boring any more. You won´t have to retain vocabulary just memorizing a list.