You can build your vocabulary using flash cards, word games, and plain, old, everyday reading. Whether you’re reading cereal boxes, the newspaper, Web articles, office memos, or research papers, use the tips in the following list to improve your vocabulary as you read:

  • Read slowly.

  • Read confusing text over again.

  • Look at the pictures.

  • Create your own mental picture.

  • Summarize the main idea of the text in your own words.

  • Look up definitions of words you're not familiar with or are uncertain about.