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20 Steps to Help You Improve Your Spelling in 2020 (part 1)


Do you always give up on your New Year’s resolutions? 

When we set ourselves goals at the beginning of the year, we often don’t create a plan of action for how we’re going to achieve them. As the weeks and months go by, abstract goals can start to feel more and more overwhelming and unachievable. 

If one of your goals for 2020 is to improve your spelling, we’re here to help. Over the next two posts, we’ll share twenty tangible steps you can take to help you achieve: 

1)    Sign up for a free trial to Spellzone

If you aren’t already subscribed to our courses, start here. A free trial will give you time to navigate your way around the site and see if the course is right for you.

2)    Take the Spelling Ability test

Once you’ve signed up to Spellzone, the first thing to do is take the Spelling Ability test. This will calculate your base spelling level and what areas you need to work on. Learn more about how the test works here.

3)    Start working through your Personal Course Pathway

Your score on the Spelling Ability test will determine your Course Pathway. This will be your personal route through the Spellzone course depending on your strengths and weaknesses. At various points as you progress through the Course Pathway, you will be prompted to retake the Spelling Ability test. Your Course Pathway will then be adapted depending on your progress. 
 
4)    Keep an eye on your problem words 

Once you begin working through your Course Pathway, you will notice that problem words will being to appear the Word Lists tab. Keep these words in mind as you go forward.

5)    Browse the Word Lists tab

As well as our spelling courses, your Spellzone subscription will give you access to thousands of word lists. Our lists include vocabulary words grouped by subject, curriculum-specific words, and words that are commonly misspelled. Head over to the Word List tab and have a browse.  

6)    Try making your own word list

Our spelling courses will take you through key English spelling rules and exceptions, teaching you how to spell a range of words along the way. However, here are Spellzone we know that no two students will have the same needs. Learn how to create your own spelling lists so you can practise the words specific to your life. 

7)    Have a go at the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check test

The Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check test is a classic when it comes to learning spelling – and with good reason! At Spellzone we believe that learning while using as many senses as possible really helps to fix the spelling of a word into your memory, and the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method does just this. Learn more here.

8)    Have a go at the Listen and Spell test 

Not sure how to pronounce a word? Our Listen and Spell test lets you listen to a word before trying to spell it. Sometimes the way a word sounds can help you work out its spelling. Learn more here.

9)    Try our spelling games

Spelling games are great way to warm up at the start of a lesson, or to take a break with when you’re beginning to lose focus. Plus they’re fun! Find out more about our different games here.

10)    Get away from the screen

As an online education company, we believe the internet is brilliant for sharing information and learning resources. But every now and then, getting away from a screen can really help solidify what you’ve learned. Print off our word lists by clicking on the print icon and get practising. 

Tune in to our next post for ten more spelling goals for 2020. What are you trying to achieve this year? Let us know in the comments. 


06 Jan 2020
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