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Word Booster: Teachable Moments

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor


It’s always fun to learn new things. Even outside of school, the knowledge and new lessons to learn that are available to you are limitless. Resolve to find teachable moments and learn something new everyday! Get excited to go back to school with these new words!

Academy: (noun) a school that provides training in special subjects or skills
Jane was excited to be attending the private academy for young ladies in the fall.

Enlighten: (verb)  to give knowledge or understanding to (someone) : to explain something to (someone)
The teacher enlightened her students about the causes and effects of America’s Civil War.

Epiphany: (noun)  a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way
After spending so much time studying her notes with no avail, Marie suddenly had an epiphany about the material in a dream and understood it perfectly.

Excogitate: (verb)  to think out
Sarah excogitated each of the test questions carefully.

Fathom: (verb) to understand the reason for (something)
Lucy could not fathom why her mother preferred cake over ice cream when clearly, ice cream was the superior dessert.

Observe: (verb)  to watch and sometimes also listen to (someone or something) carefully
Chelsea observed her science teacher as he demonstrated the procedure for today’s lab activity.

Scrutinize: (verb) to examine (something) carefully especially in a critical way
The teacher always scrutinized his students’ work, carefully searching for errors.

Studious: (adjective) very serious about studying, reading, learning, etc.
Only the most studious of children managed to secure all A’s on their report cards.

(Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)