However, it need not be as big a struggle as you might first think. There are some tricks and shortcuts . . . and I'm here to let you in on a few of those.
Today's tip comes from my friend Jane, who is a very talented professor of foreign language. She told me that research as shown that most people can easily learn five to seven new words a day. That is, if you work at it, you can add about six new words to your vocabulary each day without too much trouble.
That doesn't seem like a lot, but if you spend a few minutes a day you can easily pick up about 45 new terms a week. That's over 700 new terms in a semester!
But of course, the trick is to put a little bit of effort into every single day. Simply make yourself six or seven new flash cards, each with a new term, every day. Review them for just a few minutes, but do that several times throughout the day.
Don't forget to spend a few minutes reviewing your cards from the days before . . . you don't want to forget those new terms.
If you make this a habit, then you'll find that those few minutes a day can really make a huge difference in your mastery of the terminology you need.
Adapted from a post at The A&P Student