20 Steps to Help You Improve Your Spelling in 2020 (part 2)

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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. Last week we shared the first part of our list of 20 tangible steps you can take to help you improve your spelling. Here’s part two:

11)    Print off resources 

In part one, we talked about the value of getting away from your screen. As well printing any word list, you can print off word searches, flash cards, worksheets, and spelling activities. Click on the print icon above any word list for a list of printng options. 

We also have a range of printable teaching resources, posters, and reward stickers. Find them here

12)    Pay attention to words that might catch you out 

In our Commonly Confused Words series, we share tips to help you remember how to use easy-to-mix-up words. You can find these articles by searching for ‘Commonly Confused Words’ on our blog archive

13)    Create your own mnemonics

Mnemonics are a great way to help you commit tricky spellings to memory. Here are our eight tips for creating your own. 

14)    Look up the origins of words to help you remember how to spell them

Investigating word roots can help you work out the spellings and meanings of different words. Learn about Latin words roots here and Greek word roots here.

15)    Learn about the differences between British and American English 

Click here for six key spelling differences.

16)    Actively try and expand your vocabulary 

As with learning about word roots, expanding your vocabulary is a great way to learn common spelling patterns. Find our three top tips here

17)    Use as many senses as you can when trying to spell 

Learning spelling while paying attention to our senses allows us to connect as many associations as possible with the a particular word. Find out more here

18)    Learn about forming plurals 

Don’t get caught out by plurals. Here are our ten tips on how to form them correctly.

19)     Learn how to form contractions 

Getting confused over contractions leads to spelling mistakes. Make sure you know what you’re doing here.

20)    Learn about spelling different long vowel sounds 

The Spellzone courses will take your though all the English spelling rules and their exceptions, but if you want to refresh your memory check out articles on the long A sound, long E sound, long I sound, long O sound, and long U sound

We hope our twenty steps have made your 2020 spelling goals seem less daunting. We always love hearing about how you’re getting along so feel free to get in touch


09 Jan 2020
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"Thank goodness for Spellzone during this remote learning phase. The site is easy for students to navigate independently and they're really enjoying the activities and spelling games. You get an awful lot for your money with Spellzone. Really reassuring is the very prompt response with helpdesk queries. I've very rarely needed the helpdesk, but when I have, the issue has been addressed and sorted within a very short time."

Sarah Taggart, Oasis Academy Lord's Hill