How do people go about learning and remembering new words? My native language is and always has been English, but due to personal circumstances I chose not to learn or do well at school and as a result I feel I am uneducated. I didn't start reading and enjoying novels until about 2 months ago. Since then I've read Life of Pi, Neverwhere and 1Q84, and now in the middle of Snow Crash (all recommendations from a friend). The reason why I ask this question is because often I come about words that I am not familiar with, and I am wondering how I should go about educating myself to learn and remember new words and their definitions? Should I be using sticky notes and writing down each and every word I come about, then looking them up afterwards? I feel as though looking them up is not enough and I need to go to further lengths to remember these words.