"Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man."
Sir Francis Bacon
Reading and writing are the best ways to improve your vocabulary. Reading unveils new words and using that word in some kind of writing makes that word unforgettable. Therefore, if you want to improve your vocabulary then you should start to read and write from today onwards. I have listed some sources which you can read and some topics on which you can write something using your newly learnt vocabularies. Read them carefully and follow them promptly.
What to read?
First and foremost, you should give priority to your interest. Think of something you are extremely interested in or something that you can be interested in. For example, any sort of sport, mobile and computer games, painting, gardening, cooking, and so on. Then search for the reading material in that particular domain (field) and start reading.
You may read anything, anywhere. Blog posts, ezines, your favourite newspaper, magazine or anything that pleases you, that interests you, that holds you back and motivates you to go on further and read one more word. You can read anywhere unless it is crowded and noisy. Your living room, bedroom, garden, parks, classroom, library, anywhere should be alright. Show your madness by reading wherever and whenever you feel like reading.
You may be a technology enthusiast like me and you may like to read some geeky stuff. Subscribe to Betanews, Techcrunch, or Scobleizer now and start reading. Your own PC is fine, if you are comfortable, where you use your favourite feed reader (I use Google Reader) to read those latest developments and advancements in the technological world. If you own a smart "smartphone" (iPhone for example) you can use it to surf over the titles you would love and read them. You can use your Kindle or iPad or any tablet, mobile or computers.
Things you can read:
- Novels: Best and easiest way to have a superior grammar and vocabulary.
- Story books and Essay books: As beneficial as novels but you should read on a regular basis.
- Blogs and ezines that have articles on your favourite sport, area of concern and so on.
- Informative websites like Wikipedia and so on.
- Newspaper and magazines
What to write?
Writing process is vital in learning. It is by not understanding this fact that we fall victim of poor linguistic skills. Again we come across writing quite frequently, at least during our student life. We need to write leave applications, job applications and, official tasks also involve a lot of writing. In our student life we have to do a lot of assignments, take exams and prepare research reports and project work summary. All these tasks involve writing. Therefore, why not to take writing seriously and have an easy time doing the tasks mentioned above?
My point above is that we cannot escape writing. And if we put on a little more effort and creativity, writing becomes dramatically easy and fun. Why not to work a little harder creatively then?
First, do you know how to write a good paragraph, the basic block of each writings? If yes, then you may continue reading otherwise stop to read this article first.
Let's move again to what to write.
Now, after knowing how, you may want to write a paragraph of your own and you may be already thinking about what to write. If you haven't thought of what to write then don't worry. In this section, I have listed out some topics or areas which you may find pleasant to write a paragraph on or even a full-scale article (writing).
Everyone knows a lot about oneself. So, write something about yourself; how intelligent or unintelligent you are, how cleverly you did away with the problem last week, how good looking you are, how somebody expressed his/her feelings about you, how you are madly in love with someone,
How painful your life is, how you cope up daily with all the stress and tension, how often you feel low and why, how are days becoming more and more problematic and you don't know how to improve them and so on (I would suggest you to write some paragraphs expressing your feelings whenever you are in such situations; that way you would be less bored or stressed and more engaged in productive task; this MAY change your life forever!), etc.
In short, utilize any sort of experiences, feelings, and emotions to write them down into some beautiful paragraphs which will make your own history one day. At the same time, it will be a good practice for writing.
More topics for you to write on:
- Maintain a diary, writing your personal experiences and observations, daily.
- Describe some of the best, worst, most thrilling and adventurous moments of your life.
- Describe your aim in an essay of 3-4 paragraphs.
- Describe your locality.
- Describe the teenage culture. How do you perceive it? Are you in favour of it? What are its advantages and disadvantages?
- Significance of love, marriage, education and employment in your life.
- Search more topics in the internet and write something beautiful and creative (imaginative) on those topics.
Although all these reading and writing activities described in this article may not directly be useful for General Paper, these will greatly enhance your vocabulary as well as reading and writing skills. If you want to make this practice more useful to your GP course, just alter the materials you read and write. Probably, you can read examiners report, syllabus, mark schemes, past papers, etc. Similarly, you can write GP essays, solve comprehension passages, etc to practice writing. Both these tasks will help you acquire good vocabulary required for General Paper.