Tips and Tricks: New Vocabulary

By 11th January 2017Tips & Tricks

New vocabulary can be difficult to retain and evoke from memory over time. Check out our tips & tricks on how students can overcome this memory obstacle!


Timing can be just as important as practice when it comes to learning new vocabulary. This applies to both children and adults.

Inherent to the notion of learning is the retrieval of knowledge from memory, on-demand, in the long-term future. So often, language learners report how they find it difficult to retain and evoke from memory what they studied in class, some time ago – be it new items of vocabulary or a particular grammatical construction.

Hundreds of studies have shown that incorporating spaced-repetition into the learning process can aid long-term learning. We all know that practice makes perfect, but perhaps, we sometimes do not consider the importance of the timing of practice.


When learning new vocabulary, you can add reminders to your smartphone’s calendar to review new words with your child and put them into practice – 5 times. Plan to review knowledge again in an hour’s time, after a day, after a week, after a month, after six months. These reviews will help them to retain and recall new vocabulary more easily over time.

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