JoeySsance Posted November 14, 2010 Share Posted November 14, 2010 (edited) Hey everyone! So I've gotten a few PMs from people who liked the vocab mnemonics I posted on other threads, so I thought I might start a new thread strictly for mnemonics and vocab practice. Here's how I'm envisioning the game will work (and I'm totally open to suggestions for modifying it). While it would be of most use to those of us who haven't taken the GRE yet or will be retaking it in the near future, anyone can play! (A good vocabulary is a great asset whether you have to take the GRE or not). This is how the game will work: Poster #1: ...will define and offer a good mnemonic for a tough GRE word. "Tough" is relative, of course, but words with obscure second meanings and infrequently used English words are fair game. When I study vocab, I tend to go back and forth between making slightly longer, story-like mnemonics and short and sweet ones based on word roots or other cool tricks. Just be creative.After offering a mnemonic, the poster will provide a GRE verbal question (e.g. an antonym or an analogy) with multiple choices for more practice. It can either be made up by the poster or modified slightly from a review book or past test.Finally, with a little variation on "the poster below me" game, the poster will make a statement about the next poster using another good GRE word....will first answer the practice question from the previous post (providing a good bridge if it's an analogy).Then s/he will clear her/his good name by responding "true" or "false" to the statement made about her/him earlier.And will then use that word to continue the cycle (define it --> offer a good mnemonic for it --> give a practice question --> pick a new word and attribute it in some way to the next poster). I know it sounds pretty intricate, but I'm sure it'll be one of those things where if there's enough interest and the game reaches a critical mass of sorts, it will become second-nature to everyone. By the way, this is a better place than any to flaunt your GRE vocab without feeling like you'll raise people's eyebrows, so if you know some obscure words, come share; we won't judge you (at least not in simple terms!). I'll start. I'm labeling the four parts of the game for reference, i.e. "definition" --> "mnemonic" --> "question" --> "new word," but hopefully later on we won't need the labels. Oh yeah, and I'm throwing in some smileys for fun, because A: Grad Café smileys are awesome and, B: they happen to work well with my example. (Over)use of smileys is entirely optional. DEFINITION -- Assignation n. a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers) MNEMONIC -- The lovers assigned nicknames to each other so their spouses wouldn't suspect that they were planning their secret meetings: Lover #1: "So are we still on for our 'business meeting,' Ms. Capulet?" Lover #2: "Of course, Mr. Montague, anytime and anywhere that is convenient for you." Lover #1: "Alright, 5:30pm in my office. See you there." Unfortunately, the lovers underestimated their spouses' knowledge of Shakespeare (it just so happened that their spouses had Ph.Ds in English). Their little assignation was thwarted when they had unexpected company at their "business meeting." QUESTION -- ASSIGNATION : LOVER :: A. apportionment : aficionado B. designation : passion C. tryst : paramour D. rendezvous : friend E. assignment : student NEW WORD -- TPBM (the poster below me) has a hirsute belly. Edited November 14, 2010 by JoeySsance Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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