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How to Become a Better Essay Writer: Enrich Your Vocabulary

Sometimes it is better to use simple words during an essay because you don’t want to confuse the reader or make it sound so filled with high vocabulary that it is less of a good read. However, with that being true, having a good vocabulary can serve you well in essay writing and in life itself. You don’t need ever word to be a sophisticated one but it is good to have a vast vocabulary to give you the option to spice up your essays and make them less simple and bland. Not everyone has a naturally good vocabulary though so here are some tips to help you learn some better words to use when writing.


  • Use a word of the day calendar or app
  • Write down the definitions of words
  • Use flashcards

Word of the day

There have been word of the day calendars for years and few people actually use them to enrich their vocabulary and expand on their knowledge base. Now there are even word of the day apps that you can get on your phone or tablet to help you learn a new word every single day. Even better, you can just go to the dictionary site and they have a word of the day section in English and Spanish.

Write them down

Writing down the words and their meaning combined with saying them aloud to yourself helps you to better remember them and retain the vocabulary that you learn. Studies have shown that writing things down is deeply connected with being able to recall them in the future. If you want a better vocabulary then this is a great way to do it. Writing them multiple times can help even more.

Use flashcards

Flashcards can be a great way to remember words. You simply get some index cards and write the word on one side and the definition on the other side. You can do them by yourself or have someone drill you on them. Either way it is a great way to learn new words and then remember them. You can use them every few days make sure you still remember the words.

While too good a vocabulary is not possible it is possible to overuse big words. Try use a good vocabulary proportionally when writing an essay. The better you know the words the better you can use them in a sentence. Don’t be so eager to use big words that you misuse words in an essay.

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