Resources › For Students and Parents Tips to Improve Your Spelling Share Flipboard Email Print Blend Images - JGI/Jamie Grill/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images For Students and Parents Homework Help Study Methods Homework Tips Learning Styles & Skills Time Management Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Grace Fleming Education Expert M.Ed., Education Administration, University of Georgia B.A., History, Armstrong State University Grace Fleming, M.Ed., is a senior academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, where she helps students improve their academic performance and develop good study skills. our editorial process Grace Fleming Updated June 13, 2018 Nothing makes your writing look unpolished like misspelled words. While we can depend on technology like spell checkers to let us know when we've made errors, there are limits to what technology can do. Read over this list of techniques and try to make them a part of your routine. 1. Make Yourself a List of Problem Words If there are certain words that you know you misspell frequently, make yourself a spelling list. Practice writing these words ten times each, just like you did in elementary school. Use flashcards to practice a little every night and eliminate words when you feel you've conquered them. 2. Keep a "Problem Word" File in Your Computer Each time you run a spell-checker and find a word that you've misspelled, copy and paste the word into your file. Later you can add it to your list (above). 3. Each Time You Practice a Word, Spell It Out Loud Later, you will recall how the word sounded as you spelled it right. You'll be surprised how well this works! 4. Review the Rules for Prefixes and Suffixes You'll avoid many mistakes once you understand the difference between "inter" and "intra," for example. 5. Study Common Root Words of Words With Greek and Latin Origins This is a trick used by many Spelling Bee participants. Understanding etymology can add a layer of logic to word spellings that will make them easier to remember. 6. Memorize Clumps of Words That Belong to Special Groups For example, you will find that the group of words that contain "ough" (rhyming with tough) is finite and manageable. By observing words that do and don't belong together, you will reduce uncertainty about many similar words that don't make the list. More lists of special groups would include: aire words like questionnaire and millionairemn words like hymn and columnps words like psychology and pseudonymible words like edible and audible Be sure to revisit this list frequently. 7. Read Many words become familiar to us because we see them often. The more you read, the more words you will see, and the more you'll memorize — even though you won't realize it. 8. Use a Pencil You can mark your books with light pencil marks to indicate words you'd like to practice. Just remember to go back and erase! If you happen to use an eReader, be sure to highlight and bookmark words you'd like to practice. 9. Practice With a Few Online Spelling Quizzes This is a good way to find frequently-misspelled or commonly-confused words. 10. Visualize Yourself Carrying Out an Activity to Match a Problem Word For example, if you have trouble remembering how to spell edible, conjure up and image of the word in your head, then picture yourself nibbling on the word. (Silly activities are often the most effective.) Any effort you make to improve your reading skills will have a surprising effect. You'll find that spelling becomes much easier with practice.