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7 Ways to Improve Your Spelling Skills

Some people can speak with the confidence of Barack Obama and the grace of Hilary Clinton, yet when you ask these people to spell the simplest of words. They are completely lost and stumble in their own attempts.

In today’s world, filled with acronyms, abbreviated messages via text, and spell check, when does anyone actually have to spell these days? Sometimes, we do need our spelling skills, especially if we’re still in school. If you’re at work and called to present a presentation, you will want to be able to recognize the errors on your handouts and visual presentations. Remember – spell check services are only as good as the programmer who creates them. You, yourself, are the best way to improve your spelling skills.

You don’t believe me? Here are 7 ways to improve your spelling.

  • Do something with your mirror besides look at your own reflection. Most of us look in some type of mirror several times in one day. Write a new vocabulary or hard to spell word on a sticky note. Place it on your mirror and your compact if you have one as well. Every time you look in the mirror, you will see the word, and in time you will know how to effortlessly spell it.
  • Stop relying on spell checking programs. If you always rely on spell check features, you will never be able to rely on your brain. Just don’t make changes with suggestive spellings; pay attention to how the word should be correctly spelled.
  • The popular phrase is “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. A similar phrase is “a book a day; keeps the brain freeze away.” The more you read; the more words you learn.
  • Most people can’t stop themselves from doodling when they have a pen or pencil on their hands. Why not doodle constructively? Create doodles around hard to spell words (this is a great thing for parents and children alike to do together) and see how quickly you pick up the spelling.
  • When you’re reading books, magazines, and newspapers, either jot down unfamiliar words or circle or highlight them (make sure you’re not writing in library books). This will help you learn new words and increase your vocabulary.
  • Keep a spelling journal. Every time you come across a word you don’t know, write it down. These can later be used as your mirror words.
  • Use a Spelling Software program. Software programs are great for kids and adults. An example of a first-rate spelling system is the Ultimate Spelling software package. With Ultimate Spelling, you and your children can improve your spelling abilities while interacting and having fun.

These are seven ways that you can improve your spelling skills. All of them have their strengths, but if you want to do as little as possible to learn (which most children do – and some parents); then a spelling software package is the best bet for you. Everything you need is already included at purchase, and you have the ability to customize the program to match your needs and your interests.