While spelling used to be taught via simple memorization, experts now believe that understanding key spelling rules is the best way to master new words.
Rules help you learn new spelling words in several different ways. For example:
One of the most common spelling rules taught to elementary students is "I before E, except after C, unless it says A as in neighbor and weigh." However, there are a number of other rules that you can use to help decode the spelling of an unfamiliar word. For example:
If you are interested in a rules-based approach to improving your spelling skills, check out the Spelling Rules website. The creator of this site has developed a Spell500 instructional method that uses spelling rules to teach students how to master up to 500 new words per day. By focusing on understanding before memorization, this study method proposes to drastically increase your spelling abilities.
To learn more about how you can use spelling rules to become a better speller, check out the following helpful links:
YourDictionary Web site has lists of 100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English and 150 More Often Misspelled Words in English that include rules you can use to help yourself remember how to correctly spell these tricky words.
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