How To Use GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

What are GRE Vocabulary Flashcards?


  • GRE Vocabulary flashcards are small sets of note cards that are used for repetitive practice in acquiring vocabulary. They allow you to systematically organize the way you memorize words. You can keep track of the words you learn and go back to the ones you’re not sure of.
  • These 1,500 flashcards have been hand-picked by GRE vocabulary experts and include the words that most frequently appear in the GRE.
  • These GRE Vocabulary Flashcards has been arranged in three difficulty levels of easy, medium, and hard, for convenient study purposes.

Who Can Use These Flashcards?


  • Beginner: If you are new to the English language, learning for fun, or looking to enrich your vocabulary, you can start out as a beginner. Start slowly and work methodically through the cards.
  • Intermediate: These flashcards are perfect for you if you’re a curious learner looking to boost your vocabulary. Brush up on the words you know, working separately on the ones that are new.
  • Expert: If you’ve already got a great vocabulary, you can work quickly and effectively. Work on revising and going over the fundamentals. Along the way, you’re sure to come across new words to add to your vocabulary.

How Should You Pace Yourself?


  • Beginners: 3-4 months. Start with the ‘easy’ category, working on 10-15 cards per day. Repeat the ones you’ve studied the day before, then going onto the next set. After completing 50 flashcards, check your progress with the online test provided (available by scanning the QR code inside the box)
  • Intermediate: 2-3 months. Divide the cards into sets of words you know and the ones that are new to you. Work on 35-40 words per day, starting with the words which are new. After memorizing the new words, work on revising the familiar ones. After completing 50 flashcards, check your progress with the online test provided (available by scanning the QR code inside the box)
  • Expert: 15-30 days. Refer to the ‘Group and Study’ section for effective ways of learning. After completing 50 flashcards, check your progress with the online test provided (available by scanning the QR code inside the box)

How Do You Prepare For Competitive Exams?


  • Whether you’re studying for the IELTS, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT, SAT, or CAT, vocabulary testing is an important part of your overall assessment. 
  • We recommend starting up to 4 months in advance to effectively prepare for your exam. Start out with 15-20 words per day, revising the cards of the previous day as you progress. 
  • Each day, keep track of the words you’ve completed. Mark the words you find difficult and set them aside to revise a few more times. 
  • Divide the words into stacks of ‘easy to remember’ ‘not so easy to remember’ and ‘difficult to remember’ to understand which words you need to focus on more.
  • At the end of the week, go through the words you find difficult and study them again, before moving onto the next set of words. The online exercises and tests provided (available by scanning the QR code inside the box) are an excellent aid to help you recall what you’ve studied. 
  • Keep a revision period of at least a week before your exam to go through the flashcards one last time. You can highlight the ones that you find most difficult to remember and keep these for revision before your exam.
  • Of course, you are the one who knows best how fast you learn and how well you are able to handle the increasing number of words. So, pace yourself accordingly.
  • On an average, your goal should be to learn 15-20 new words each day.

How Much Time Should You Spend Studying? 


  • Experts recommend studying for 30-60 minutes per day. Take five-minute breaks after studying 10 cards for better retention.
  • Always make sure to revise what you have done the previous day. Don’t forget that repetition is the key- you’ll be able to retain what you have learned much faster if you revise systematically. 

How Do You Group and Study?


  • Closing-in: Start out with 10 words of the alphabet ‘A’ and 10 words of ‘Z’ for the easy category. Work your way through the cards day by day in this manner. Beginners are recommended to follow this grouping.
  • Shuffling: For learners conversant with the language, shuffle all the cards within the ‘easy’ category and study the required number of cards per day (see recommended pacing for more details). Follow the same method for the ‘medium’ and ‘hard’ categories.’

Why Is Repetition The Key?


  • To effectively retain what you learn, pacing each card is extremely important. The cards which you find the hardest should be revised more frequently than the ones which you find easy to remember.
  • Keep track of the words you find hard to remember and repeat them after fixed intervals of time. Mark them with a colorful marker or a pen and set them aside so that you know which words to pay special attention to.
  • For example, you could repeat the words you find hard after every 5 cards while studying. 

How Can Parents Use These Flashcards to Improve Their Child’s Vocabulary?


  • Parents can use the cards to help their child attain a wider and more expansive vocabulary. 
  • Make the word learning an interactive game. You could come up with sentences and ask the child to fill in the blanks with an appropriate word. Or you could ask the child to create sets of matching words that go together, like nouns and adjectives. 
  • For example: Place a noun, like ‘wind’ in front of the child and ask them to find an adjective that describes it, like ‘fierce.’

How Can Flashcards Aid Teachers in Language Coaching?


  • Teachers can use the cards in a classroom setting to teach English in an easy and fun way. The students can be given sets of cards and told to memorize them, and the teacher can hold a test on those words.
  • Additionally, utilizing the free online resources provided with the flashcards can be a great way to supplement traditional learning with e-learning. 
  • To get access to additional resources for classroom teaching, feel free to contact us at mail@thebigcd.com

Have Fun While Learning!


  • Remember to have fun while you’re learning.
  • Reward yourself for the words you’ve mastered every day.
  • Ultimately, your vocabulary will be enriched by an addition of 1,500 words!

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