How to Use a Notebook to Expand Your English Vocabulary

source: Oxford Online English    2017年3月7日
In this lesson you can learn what a vocabulary notebook is, why it’s helpful for learning vocabulary more quickly and how to use it to expand your English vocabulary quickly and effectively.
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A vocabulary notebook is a small book where you record new words. The best vocabulary notebook is small enough to put in your pocket so you can carry it everywhere, like this.

Remembering new vocabulary is something that many language students find difficult.
To really know a word means that you are able not just to recognise the word, but use it correctly.
But how can you go from recognising and understanding a word to using it well in your English speaking or writing?
You need to form a long-term memory of the word or phrase you’re trying to remember.
When you learn a new word in class or during self-study, it’s in your short-term memory. You are able to recognise and even use the word during your studies and maybe even for a short time afterwards, but then you may forget it.
You need to move the word into your long-term memory. The only way to do this is to see, hear and use the words many times.
So then, why is a vocabulary notebook helpful for expanding your vocabulary more quickly?
A vocabulary notebook is an excellent tool to help you move new words from your short-term to your long-term memory.
You can use it to record and review vocabulary, enabling you to see, hear and use the words many times, which will help you to remember them.
Record and review equals remember.
But how do you use a vocabulary notebook?
There are lots of different ways to use your vocabulary notebook, but two steps are important: record and review.
In this lesson, you'll learn more about how to record words in your vocabulary notebook, and how to review vocabulary effectively. Following these steps will help you to learn and remember English vocabulary.