Since I’ve been bombarding you with vocabulary lists lately, I think it’s time to show you yet another method of studying vocabulary – and, as what I’m covering now is CAE Writing, here is a worksheet I use to revise essay vocabulary by means of synonyms and little Post-its.
Prepare some post-its (little reusable sticky pieces of paper) with the vocabulary you wish to study. Here you can see that grouped into: verbs (with prepositions, if necessary), noun phrases (so much better than single nouns), adjectives/adverbs and linking. i suppose it’s nicer to study if you use different colours and arrangements.
Write the synonym of each word/expression directly under each piece of paper, on the large sheet. (Another way of doing this is using your language on the pieces of paper and English on the large sheet. However, personally I don’t recommend translation at the advanced level if synonyms can be used instead.)
To study, remove all pieces of paper, then stick them in the correct places. A more difficult option is to guess what’s under each piece of paper.
If you need a hint, just move the piece of paper a little bit to reveal the first letters.
If you’d like to recreate this particular worksheet, the pairs were as follows:
to lead to sth – to result in sth
to point sth out – to claim
to decline – to plummet
to grow – to soar
to distinguish – to draw a distinction
a serious disadvantage – a major drawback
important implications for sth – profound impact on sth
latest research – recent findings
the rapid growth -the significant rise
a source of sth – a trigger for sth
due to sth – owing to sth
whereas – while
mainly – largely
essential – vital
general – widespread
On the whole, … – By and large, …
It should be noted that… – It is worth bearing in mind that…
This means that… – …, which means that…
As to… – With regard to…
The main dangers are x of y, as well as nn and mm. = Apart from x of y, the main dangers are nn and mm.