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How Do I Improve My Science Vocabulary?

Science related crossword puzzles help to increase one's science vocabulary.
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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
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  • Last Modified Date: 11 September 2014
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If you want to improve your science vocabulary, then you may want to consider reading books and periodicals about biology or chemistry as well as completing puzzles and other activities with scientific subjects. One of the most straightforward ways in which you can improve any sort of vocabulary is by reading and using appropriate words. If you read books and magazines about various scientific subjects, and pay attention to new words, then you can naturally expand your exposure to and awareness of different terms. There are also a number of puzzles and games you can use to improve your science vocabulary, such as word searches or crossword puzzles.

Although you can use different methods to do so, most of the ways in which you can improve your science vocabulary involve exposing yourself to new ideas and terms. This is true of just about any subject area. You should consider any specific field in which you might want to focus, such as physics or astronomy, and look for books or magazines dedicated to those subjects. If you do not have an extensive background in these fields, then you might want to begin expanding your science vocabulary with periodicals written for the public, and then move on to professional or scholarly journals that can be more challenging.

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You can also begin watching movies and television shows about different subjects, such as biology or anthropology, to improve your science vocabulary. All of these types of activities can help increase your exposure to new words, but they do not necessarily guarantee that you will retain them. You should be sure to use terms and ideas after you encounter them, so that they become stored in your memory more effectively. While reading about new words or concepts is important to improving your science vocabulary, using those terms often creates greater meaning for you and can help you teach these ideas to someone else.

There are also some activities that you can use to help gain a greater awareness of different subjects and expand your science vocabulary. You can look for games like crossword puzzles or word searches, ones that are either designed for classes or as fun activities, which you can solve to test your knowledge of different terms. If there are museums around you that focus on an appropriate subject, a visit to them can be extremely beneficial. While you can read about evolution or electricity, it may be far more meaningful for you to see direct examples of science vocabulary terms at a natural history museum or science center.

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