Since the exam is almost entirely comprised of vocabulary, you are going to be studying a lot of words in preparation for the MAT. Some words are going to be particularly difficult, and for many different reasons. Words can be obscure, such as “pusillanimous.” They can have particularly difficult definitions like “discursive,” which means either “rambling” or the complete opposite: proceeding coherently. Lastly, we each have certain words that—for unexplainable reasons—we never remember the definition.
Here are some useful ways to memorize difficult Miller Analogies vocabulary words:
Repetition is the go to starting place for memorizing words, and flashcards are the most useful tool around for pure repetition. Making flashcards for difficult words allows you to practice them frequently, and with free flashcard apps like Quizlet, you can enrich your cards with pictures, colors, or practice them through games.
Reading a difficult word in context is a great way to remember it. Dictionary sites like wordnik.com and vocabulary.com let you see numerous example of words actually being used. You can type a word into an in-site search engine at the New York Times and see the word used in articles. You can also search the word on quotation sites. The idea is to find something memorable.
Use the Word
Try using difficult words in your own writing. Work them into daily thought. This is easier than it sounds. If you have the flashcards near you when you’re watching a show, you can use them to describe what’s happening.
Try a Mnemonic
A mnemonic is an interesting or wacky association used to help you memorize something. These can be especially powerful tools for remembering tricky vocabulary, and we have a good article on it on are GRE blog (it applies here too): “Making Words Stick”
One of these might work exceptionally well for you. But the surest bet is to try a combination of all these approaches. The more ways you can interact with any word, the more likely you are to remember it.