How to Practice Spelling
Following are the popular ways to learn and remember the spellings:
Syllables: Break your words down into syllables, smaller words, and smaller parts. Once they are broken down, look for words within words. For example, “together” can be broken down into “to” “get” and “her”.
Root Words, Prefixes and Suffixes: Consider learning root words prefixes and suffixes. This can also help improve your spelling.
Phonics: Sounding words out can also help one figure out how to spell them. However, make sure to pronounce the word correctly so you do not miss something as small as an “e” in the middle, for instance, the word “interesting”.
Mnemonics: Memory aids or mnemonics are a great and fun way to help someone learn how to spell. You can try different things, such as:
- Silly or fun sentences. For example, the world: “right” can be remembered with the phrase: “real is great happy tiger”.
- Clues or clever meanings behind words that you make up can help you remember spelling.
- Try breaking up a word and remembering a part to the whole. For example, the spelling of “separate” can be remembered by the fact that there is the word “rat” in the middle.
Repetition: Repetition of words is a classic way of studying to memorize the spelling of words.
- Saying it verbally: Practice, practice, practice the words that are commonly being misspelled so that they will stick in your brain!
- Writing out the words: Writing the words that you are having trouble with and rewrite them at least ten times. Split the words up into syllables so that you can see them on paper.
Flashcards: Consider making flashcards for your problem words and practice them multiple times throughout the day. You can even use post-it notes to stick commonly misspelled words on your room wall.