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How to Train for a Spelling Bee

Watch more How to Study videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to train for a spelling bee so that you're the last speller standing! Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Read Read as many books and news articles as you can. Good spellers are almost always avid readers. Step 2: Get the bee list Study the official word lists that are used in district, county, city, regional, and state spelling bees. They change annually, and are provided to participating schools. Step 3: Learn hard-to-spell words Study words that are frequently misspelled. Find collections of them online or in bookstores. Tip Look for word lists put together by the E.W. Scripps Company, which sponsors the National Spelling Bee. Step 4: Study Latin and Greek roots Learn Latin, Greek, and other roots as part of your training. Asking for a word's language of origin is allowed at spelling bees, so having this knowledge can help you figure out how to spell words you've never heard before. Step 5: Memorize spelling rules Memorize spelling rules such as "I before E except after C." Knowing these spelling principles is a great way to train for a bee. Tip Don't think you can just "memorize the dictionary." The one they use at the national bee has more than 472,000 words. Step 6: Study Study as much as you can. Most competitive spellers train every single day. Remember, just like getting to Carnegie Hall, getting to the National Spelling Bee finals in Washington, D.C. takes practice, practice, practice! Did You Know? Up to 10 percent of the kids who make it to the National Spelling Bee championships each year have older siblings who also got that far.
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