scary mum wrote:
(DS2claims to have finished one paper in half an hour which had me biting my nails or a while, as Sally Anne may remember
Vividly, scary! Did I ever submit my bill for hand-holding services in the ensuing few weeks?
Vocabulary - a few random tips:
- Golden rule: If there is a word you don't know, work with the ones that you do know
- For example, in opposite/closest meanings, put a diagonal line through the word (s) you don't recognise. That blanks it out mentally and helps to stop the panic.
- Now compare the remainder in a ruthlessly methodical fashion - A1 vs B1, A1 vs B2, A1 vs. B3 (where A is set one of words, and B is set two), A2 vs. B1, etc.
- If you can rule out all the ones you do know from that, the "unknown word" must be one of the answers. Now look at parts of speech - verbs, nouns, adjectives. Does anything look similar or likely? If so, make your best possible guess
- For synonyms (one word matches all four) pick the most familiar word. Check the answers and that will usually get it down to a couple of options. Now pick a word from the other set of brackets and try that. It will usually solve the problem.
- Compound words. Once you think you have the answer, write it out very quickly to check it. That will stop the silly spelling mistakes that are set as traps.
- Missing word. Read the sentence and think
what the word could be from the context. Work on understanding where a word can or cannot fit - some letters can never go together, so the missing word must fit there.
Ruthless method is the key to vocab questions. Don't flit between options, try each option methodically. You can halve the speed of answering just by doing that.
Also, buy her a digital dictionary/thesaurus (ca. £20 on Amazon) and insist that she plays with it non-stop for the next few weeks. She won't need your encouragement though!