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Understand the definitions:

  1. Mad:
    • Very foolish (Ex. "That was rather mad of you, challenging Dracula to a blood-drinking contest.")
    • Marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion (Ex. "When he saw the wine glasses filled with red liquid, the vampire was swept away in a mad whirl of giddiness.")
    • Affected with madness or insanity (Ex. "Upon arriving at the scene, the doctor, taking one look at the waxen, heavily draped creature which lay twitching nervously in the corner, pronounced his patient as being 'quite mad.'").

Consider how many things you are comparing.

Use 'worse' if you're comparing two things: "I think eggplant is worse than squash, but that's just my opinion."

Use 'worst' if you're comparing multiple things: "I disagree. Eggplant and boiled cabbage are both vile, but squash is the worst!"

Use "this" when something is nearby.

Use "that" when something is a distance away. something is a distance away.

  • This book belongs to you.
  • That dog is asleep.
  • This shirt is mine.
  • That car is his.

"These" and "those" are the plural forms of "this" and "that".

  • These children have been reading all afternoon. (Meaning the ones in the same room)
  • These are mine.
  • Those children have been playing outside all day.
  • Those are yours.

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Tips

  • Think "Those" has an "O" as a dominate sound. That "o" stands for "over there" Use "those" for things "over there"

Go to your quiet spot. Put all of the things you need around you. Get comfortable.

Get your word ready. If you don’t have a word yet, choose a word from the dictionary.

If you don’t know the correct spelling of the word, take the spelling handbook or dictionary. Look up the correct spelling of the word you are going to memorize. Write the correct spelling on the piece of paper with the pencil or the pen.

Make up creative ways to memorize the words. For an example, the word arithmetic. It sounds fairly hard, right? Well, think of the word this way: A-rat-in-the-house-might-eat-the-ice-cream. Take the first letter of each word and you get: "arithmetic." Now, when that caller with the bulky voice yells, "ARITHMETIC!" you'll know exactly what to spell.

Write down the word.

Read the word out loud several times. This will help you in being able to say and spell it. Try to get to the point where you can say it without looking at a pronunciation or the word.

Separate the word into smaller syllables. For example: pneu-mono-ultra-micro-scopic-silico-volcano-coniosis.

Learn to spell each section, then put them together.

Practice it. Practice spelling the word until you don't have to stop and think about it.

This may take more than one day to achieve. Be patient with it, and results will come out good in the end.