How to Easily and Quickly Memorize Some Spellings that Many Students Get Wrong

Here are easy and quick tricks for remembering some spellings. Once you go through these, you’ll automatically remember most of them. To permanently remember them, you can come back and revise once or twice more. My best wishes for you.

principle, principal – A principle is a rule. Notice that both the words “principle” and the word “rule” have the letter “e”. The principal in a college is the main person there.

stationary, stationery – You write on stationery. Or, stationery uses envelopes. Notice the letter “e”.

arithmetic – Use this sentence: A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream. The first letter of each word in this sentence makes the spelling ARITHMETIC.

believe – Believe has a “lie” in it.

committee – MM, TT, and EE met in a committee.

conscience – Does science have a conscience.

desert – One “s” because it is so dry.
dessert – Two “s” because it is so sweet.

separate – To spell separate, just remember that it contains “a rat”.

cheque – Cheque comes in a “Q”.

entrance – There is no “enter” in entrance. That is, the word “enter” is not within the word “entrance”.

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Difference Between American and British Spellings: Some Useful Words that Many Students Get Confused About

Here are some of the common American and British spellings that cause confusion and errors for students. Please note that in India, we generally tend to use the British spellings, but there is a trend towards the American spellings now.

American Spelling British Spelling
acknowledgment acknowledgement
catalog catalogue
check cheque
color colour
favor favour
hemoglobin haemoglobin
humor humour
installment instalment
jewelry jewellery
judgment judgement
labor labour
meter metre
neighbor neighbour
pajama pyjama
parlor parlour
program programme
rumor rumour
theater theatre

How to Master Vocab (Word Power) for Exams Such as GRE, CAT, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS

As Well As for Better Communication
or For School and College Needs

What is the Biggest Problem in Building Vocab

The biggest problem is that we feel comfortable reviewing word lists for a few days. That gives us a feeling that “yes, I do understand these words and do remember these words”.

That is the good part.

The difficultly becomes apparent when we try to recall the words a few days or a few weeks later. Most people forget most of the words by then.

That is the biggest problem in building word power.

What You Need to Memorize Vocab

A method that helps you to be systematic and regular because memorizing vocab is hard.

What it means is: Something that helps you to be regular to revise words daily and give you the words needed so you can cover all the words required for your exam or communication needs.

2 Requirements of Effective Vocab System

TWO requirements of any solution to be effective are:

  1. System to offer you new words daily so all the needed words are covered once and then repeatedly
  2. Offer you the words daily without break in systematic regular way, so you can have your momentum going and make progress

Here are several options that people try:

  • Using word lists – you need to remember to look up such lists a few times daily and you need to create a system to repeat the word lists
  • Using flash cards – same as word lists
  • Computer programs –  good programs offer you a system that can let you revise daily depending on how much time you want to spend.
  • SMSs – same as word lists. Phones are still with very small screens so reading is hard
  • Vocab building groups of friends (club) – friends / group is helpful
  • Vocab Builder Mind Machines – best ( )
  • Audio programs – good (examples: and )
  • FREE service that sends you emails so you get the needed words daily without break and can remember systematically.