Tips & Tricks
Do Your Homework with Vocabulary.com
Students, take note: Not only is Vocabulary.com an excellent tool for building vocabulary, it can help you do your homework.
Have a list of vocabulary words to learn for school?
You can plug the words you need to learn into a Vocabulary List, and we'll teach them to you through the same kinds of questions you see when you play the Challenge. Not only will you learn the words faster than you would making flashcards and paging through them, our system of repeating questions on words you don't know ensures you will remember them longer.
If you haven't done this before, here's how:
1) Go to the Vocabulary List section of the website. You'll find a button, "Create New List." This brings you to the List Builder.
2) Once you're in the List Builder, you'll see you have three choices for how to enter words into your list: "One at a time," "All at once," or "From text." Choose "All at once" if you have the words in electronic format and can just cut and paste them in. Choose "One at a time" to type them in manually. (We make this faster for you by guessing at the word as you type. We'll likely fill it in for you within a few letters.) For instructions on creating a list “From text” see below.3) Once you've entered your words, click on the "Review" tab to edit the list. You'll see that we provide a definition for every word you enter. To change it, click "Choose Definition," and we'll show you some other options. To add an example sentence, select "Add example sentence" to write in your own, or "Browse Example Sentences" to look through the hundreds of examples we provide.
4) Be sure to save your list as you go, give your list a name, and decide if you want it to be shared. Once you've completed it, you'll see tabs for learning your list, playing a spelling bee with it, or going back in to edit it anytime.
Need to learn to spell a list of words?
Again, no problem. Just create a Vocabulary List (see step by step instructions above), but this time, instead of "Learn this List," click "Spelling Bee," and we’ll test you on the words’ spellings instead of the words' definitions.
Want to improve your reading comprehension?
Next time you are facing a challenging reading assignment, build and learn a vocabulary list based on that assignment before you read. (You can even find electronic versions of some in-school assignments online.)
If you haven't created a Vocabulary List from text yet, here's how:
1) Locate an electronic version of the assigned text online – you'll find primary source documents for social studies such as the Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence, newspaper and magazine articles, reference materials, poetry, literature in the public domain, and more. To see if a piece you're looking for is out there, search the Internet for the word "etext" and the title and author of the piece you're looking for.
2) On the Vocabulary Lists section of the website, select “Create New List.” This brings you to the List Builder.3) Once you're in the List Builder, you'll see you have three choices for how to enter words into your list: "One at a time," "All at once," or "From text." Choose "From text" and paste the text into the box — anything up to 100 pages is fine. As soon as you paste the text and click the "grab vocab" button, we'll generate a list of top vocabulary words that appear in that text, and you can choose which ones you want to add to your list. To select all of them, click the check box for a word at the top of the list, scroll to the bottom, hold down the shift key, and click the last word on the list.
4) Once you've saved the list, you'll see that example sentences from the text have been automatically selected. You can edit them, choose others ("Browse Example Sentences"), and change the definitions ("Choose Definition").
5) Be sure to save your list as you go, give your list a name, and decide if you want it to be shared. Once you've completed it, you'll see tabs for learning your list, playing a spelling bee with it, or going back in to edit it anytime.