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What are good ways of reviewing academic vocabulary?
This article suggests a past > present > future approach for reviewing academic vocabulary.
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Taking the time to reflect on your learning is an important skill. It allows you to do a Past > Present > Future evaluation and plan.

Through reflection and review your aim should be to

  • critically assess what you have learned to date
  • check whether you are achieving your goals
  • ensure that your goals are realistic and adjust them if they are not
  • become more aware of what your learning preferences are
  • feel empowered to make intelligent decisions about how to proceed with your learning.

You can follow this approach with any content that you are currently learning or you can practice it using the content from this course.

For example, over the past two weeks we introduced 120 of the most frequently used academic words and you are about to learn 60 more. During every day of study this week, review the words from corresponding days from the previous weeks to ensure you remember what you have learned. So, when you do the work for Day 1 this week, also briefly review Day 1 of Week 1 and Week 2. Do your Past > Present > Future daily and ask yourself:

  • Can I remember what I learned over the past two weeks?
  • Do I feel comfortable with the strategies I am currently using to learn this week’s new words?
  • What am I going to do differently tomorrow to make my learning more efficient and to reach my goals?

Remember to use the Comments section below to bounce ideas off other learners on this course.

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