Set yourself targets and goals:-
How often will you study?
Where will you study?
When will you study?
How many new words will you learn a week?
How will you test yourself?
How will you measure your progress?
In your notebook:-
Write down the word, for nouns include the plural form, for verbs find out whether it is regular or irregular (if it is irregular write down its different forms).
Write down any adjectives or adverbs that might help you remember the word, use word tables to help organise your vocabulary.
Use a picture or diagram that might help you remember the word.
Write sentences with the word in context, use word association to help you.
Write the opposite meaning of the word (if appropriate).
Write out the pronunciation, knowing the phonetic alphabet can help.
Dog is a noun:-
Dog (singular=1) Dogs (plural=1+)
Word Tables can be useful to sort your ideas when learning adjectives or verbs:-
Pictures and diagrams can help you learn, draw them or cut them out from magazines and paste them onto your page
Making meaningful sentences such as "Dogs chase cats" or "Snoopy is a dog", help you to remember the word in context.
Word associations can be added to as you learn more vocabulary
Dog - animal - bark - puppy - bitch - hound - tail - ears - whine
Walk is a noun "I went for a walk." and a regular verb "I walked for hours.":-
As a Noun
As a verb
walk / walked / walking
walk to work
"The couple walked hand in hand."
"I walk to work every day."
"Walking is good for you."
Word association: Walk - stroll - ramble
Run is a noun and an irregular verb:-
As a Noun
As a verb
run / ran / running
run to work
run a race
run an errand
Word association: Run - marathon - race
Avoid writing the translation, if you follow this plan it shouldn't be necessary.
The more you use your notebook the better.
Check your notebook often for revision.