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TOEFL Study Activity – Making Picture Flashcards

As Kate has told you, some instructors dislike flashcards because they feel memorization isn’t useful. Flashcards are often used for “rote” memorization, memorizing information by repeating it over and over. Not everyone agrees that rote memorization is useful. “Meaningful” memorization, where you learn a word by using it, is much more popular. Meaningful memorization includes […]

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The Importance of Using Synonyms

One activity that I use to build vocabulary is this: I say a word or expression, and then my students work together to list as many synonyms of that word as they can. When they’ve finished, I choose how to continue. Either they get out a thesaurus and look for other, new synonyms, or they […]

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How to Study Vocabulary and Grammar for the TOEFL

It’s easy to get lost when studying for a test as variable and unpredictable as the TOEFL can be. Here are some tips to help you to keep making progress and keep track of what you’ve learned.   Write every day Write a little every day. Some people love journaling—they find writing about their experiences […]

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How to Use TOEFL Flashcards (Almost) Painlessly

Studying with TOEFL Vocabulary Flashcards When it comes to studying, flashcards are a hot topic. Some people swear by them, and others wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. Even educators and researchers can’t seem to agree on what, if anything, flashcards can do for us. The problem boils down to whether memorized language is […]

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