If you are planning to take a GRE Exam, believe it or not, you need to have a good vocabulary to pass it.
If you have the good habit of reading novels, magazine and English newspapers, then your vocabulary will be high compared to others.
However, not everyone reads a lot and to improve one’s GRE verbal skills, memorizing GRE verbal words is something you have to do.
Not everyone has equal abilities when remembering words. For instance, Barron’s GRE book has 50 verbal word lists and it’s not an easy task to remember all those words.
Some students have the natural capacity to read word lists a few times and remember all the 3,500 words in 1 to 2 months’ time.
Here are 6 different ways to memorize Barron’s GRE words to help students efficiently tackle the GRE verbal section.
Memorize Barron’s GRE Verbal Word Lists
- Brute Force Memorizing (if you are good at it)
- Word – Word Associations
- Word to Picture Association (Time-Consuming)
- Use Flash Cards
- Word Deconstruction
- The 80/20 Way
Brute Force – Word Memorizing
Just memorize all the words lists one at a time. Have a target of 3 to 7 word lists per week or 1 word list per day. Read 5 word lists, then make sure you can recollect all the words before starting the 6th word list.
You can mix it up by starting with nos. 1 to 5 then 46 to 50 and back to 6 to 10 and so on.
If you plan to follow this approach, you would need at least 4 to 5 months of GRE Exam preparation time.
Word – Word Associations
Pretty much all the words are associated to others words (synonyms). When you read a word, find all the synonyms related to that and try to remember at least 1 synonym.
This does not as easy as it sounds, but if you are struggling to find a way to remember, then this approach could really help.
Within the 3,500 Barron’s GRE words, you will find thousands of related words.
If you find a word in List 1 and if you read a synonym for that word in List 25, go back to List 1 and write the word you found in List 25.
Word to Picture Association
There are a few companies that sell products that facilitate word to picture associations. Do you have to spend lots of money to buy something that will help you remember words?
Honestly, it’s just a waste of money. How long it would take for you to associate a picture to a word? Not that much time!
Seriously, if you cannot find an image to associate with a word, you better reconsider if you really want to take a GRE exam.
This is another way to remember Barron’s GRE Words, but it’s time- and money-consuming. You might even be spending more time trying to remember the picture than the words.
GRE Verbal Flash Cards
Using flash cards is one the best proven ways to help remember vocabulary words. There are many different techniques that you can use along with flash cards to memorize GRE verbal words.
All you need for this is to buy some flash cards and a marker. Just buy a few packs of plain visiting cards and use them as your flash cards.
It’s a simple approach and it stays on with you. Read more about using flash cards to memorize GRE verbal words.
Use suffixes or root words to find the core meaning of a word, then put that in context to find the right word. To do that, you would have to know as much root words as possible.
The 80/20 Way
Well, this is one of the commonly used methods for studying for the GRE exam. Read as many words as possible, then just stop somewhere.
Go and take the exam. During the GRE test, be ready to accept anything you get in the GRE verbal section. However, don’t feel bad if you didn’t score well in the verbal section.
There are many who have put a lot of effort just to memorize and still ended up scoring less. But that’s just how the GRE exam is designed.
It’s not really that the exam was tough on a specific day, it’s just how much one can score it the test.