How to record phrasal verbs?

Since you will come across (see/find) them anywhere, especially when you start learning them and focusing on them, you will need a way of recording them for future study, review and use. This means some form of a vocabulary booklet, which holds your new words you deem important.

There are 2 main ways to organize your vocabulary: alphabetically, or per topic. Neither is better than the other, it is just more appealing for students to use one or the other. 


Here you just take a little booklet and every few pages (3 to 4 pages) you have a new letter of the alphabet. That way you can easily find what you are looking for.

Topic based

Like the course, you pick a booklet and every few pages (3 to 4 pages) has a different topic: food, holiday, work, school,… That way you have all important words related to one topic all together.

Every time you will need to record at least 3 things:

  1. The phrasal verb
  2. The meaning and/or a translation
  3. A sentence using the phrasal verb in context. 
    • The best is to write a sentence using the phrasal verb how you would use it in a sentence.
    • Otherwise copy the sentence with the phrasal verb where you found it.
    • Look it up in a dictionary and copy the sentence from there.
    • Use , type in the phrasal verb and find a sentence you like and copy that one.
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