An effective way to learn the definition of a new word
Using the LINCS Chain Analogy (from The Vocabulary Strategy Trainer's Guide, revised edition 2000)
- Different pieces of knowledge are linked together like a chain.
- Many times, if you can remember the information in one of the links in a chain, you will remember information in many of the other links.
- When you apply the LINCS Strategy to a word you need to remember, you create a strong chain between the word and its meaning.
- The stronger the links between the pieces of information, the easier you can remember them. The weaker the links, the more difficulty you'll have remembering them.
To use the LINCS Strategy:
List the word and definition
Identify a reminding word
Note a LINCing story
Create a LINCing picture