Posted by: Kunal | February 1, 2008


Hello everyone, how are preps for boards coming along…? Hope all is prim and proper. Now I know most of you are busy preparing for your boards exams and are not putting hours of work on the CLAT. Anyways all I can assure you is that the certain exercises, which I’m going to deal with in this article, won’t take more than 20-30mins of your spare time, and they are rather useful.

Yes coming to the point. Most students have a problem not understanding the words but rather recapitulating these words. The problem here is not with your brain cells or something but it is the way you approach towards “learning”(not memorizing) these words.

Well how do I learn these words? This is most often question that I’ve seen on the forums. To the best of my most entrants look up the LST module, pick up 10-20 random words and try to learn them everyday. On the first day you can recap it, the second day you can, however as days pass on the number of words you can remember keeps going down. Why is this so????

OK! Firstly there is a difference between reference and actually studying from a book. The LST module should be more of a reference book in your preparation. That would mean that you ought to make your own book for vocabulary learning. Now don’t be scared it’s not like doing a research paper. It is rather very simple and helpful. This is how you must approach it.

· When you read the newspaper or magazine and you come across some grandiloquent word, don’t just look into the dictionary and leave it there. Take a book write down the word, its form (verb, noun etc.), and most importantly the sentence in which the word was used.
· After you have around 10-20 words try to go through them when you are sipping tea or watching TV. And next day when you wake up just go over the list, see if you can remember all.
· Now there is added relative advantage in doing this, rather just picking up some random word in the LST module. That is you will know in what sort of sentence the respective word is ought to be used. And since you use a sentence occurring in the paper, next time you read it, you shall not only remember the word but also somewhat a vague idea about the article in which the word was used (helps you recap current affairs). Confusing, take this example

“Gregori Perelman, the Russian mathematician who has been nominated for the coveted Fields Medal, has refused to accept it.”
In the above example, assume you do not know the meaning of the word coveted, once you figure it out that coveted means “something that often everyone longs to posses”, put down the meaning and the sentence in which the word was used. The next time you read this you will not only remember the meaning of the word coved but also that Perelman, a Russian had been nominated for the Fields Medal. Thus as you can see there is an added advantage.
Do this exercise everyday and you shall have a very good cache of words by the time your entrance exams approach.

If have been observing, the vocab section in the NLS paper from 2005 has been considerably different. They don’t ask you some pompous word, but rather the contextual meaning of such word in the comprehension. Here is the catch: the options are so close it requires a lot of effort when it comes to sifting them to figure out the correct answer. For example the options could be like “tranquil, serene, and placid.” All these words carry somewhat same meanings of “calmness” yet are used differently depending on the circumstance. The exercise that you do will help you get the subtle difference between the words and how they are used in context.

As far as reference books are concerned don’t fry yourself out by reading some GRE or MBA books on English, what LST offers is pretty decent. Yet there is one book that I think you should do. I am not promoting the book thoughJ. The book is “Word Power Made Easy” by “Norman Lewis”. It’s pretty popular and most of you would be using it. For those who are not using it, just go and grab one, its just 100bucks and available almost every book shop.
Let me just give you a gist of the book. It basically has around 45 sessions spread over 18 chapters. One session a day (just 20 min trust me) in your April break should suffice in helping you learn around 1800-2000 words. The best part about the book is the approach (he directly targets the roots) and the repeated exercises.

That’ll be it as of now. Just try and follow the exercise on a daily basis and send us your feedback or any suggestions (wise cracks welcomed) so that we can refurbish our approach.
This article was contributed by Jayanth, a Ist year student at NLSIU, Bangalore.



  1. this is very good
    thanx Jayanth…

  2. thankz for ur words. didnt u feel any pressure for preparing for board and law?

  3. thanks…….now im feeling better……from today im going to start…promise…..

  4. hello…sir! u hv sent a very nice article…crack the vocab section. i hv been concious effort 2do watevr tips u hv given..n dey really help. thanku very much!

  5. Thanks Jayanth
    We really appreciate it

  6. thanks jayanth
    at this very moment we all need these stuffs……
    after reading all we people get boosted
    thnx alot……..

  7. thx frd really it’s a nice tip ……….it’s really working

  8. I just stumbled on this blog during a random Google search.

    Seems pretty helpful.
    Thanks a ton 🙂

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