Spelling Strategies

There are several techniques that you can use to learn how to spell.  Some suggested techniques are:

  • Use a dictionary.
  • Practise writing the word down several times.
  • Use the “look, say, cover, write, check” method.
  • Use mnemonics (your own reminders)
  • Use a spelling rule.

This unit covers option 3, the “look, say, cover, write, check” method.

“look, say, cover, write, check” method

  1. Write down the word.
  2. Look at it carefully.
  3. Say the word loud enough so that you can hear it.
  4. Cover up the word.
  5. Write the word.
  6. Check the word with the original.
  7. If the word is incorrect, try again until it is correct.
  8. Repeat these steps at intervals (1 day, 1 week) until you can spell the word.