The logic for using Vocabulary Games and Puzzles seems solid. Puzzles and games…
- Adapt to studying all types of words
- Stimulate problem solving
- Keep the mind active and focused with unique responses
- Seem like play…the way that children learn
- Avoid the boredom of drill and repetition
- Can be competitive…against a persona record, or against a team
- Can be played with teams, one-on-one, or solitaire
Games can be players with paper and pencil, cards, game boards, computers or Smart Phones.
You can use flash cards to devise a lot of different games…from Flash Card War to Flip-Card Concentration. Words can be related as synonyms, antonyms (opposites) and word quizzes.
Computer word games include…
- Jumble Words
- Scrambled Words
- Word Search
Games can be enjoyed, played in social situations, fun and exciting.
Games can also stretch over long blocks of time…time that busy students don’t have.
Another negative: Games do not stimulate the stress-producing mental effects of a test…effects that degrade your memory and diminish your performance. Test taking skills differ from game-play skills.
So, plan how you use games and puzzles to make study effective without wasting your time.