What is the origin of s-u-c-c-e-s-s?

You can find it by following these 10 tips along your way to spelling superstardom:


  1. For inspiration, watch the documentary Spellbound on family movie night.
  2. Keep a “great words” journal for every new and interesting word that you find.
  3. Designate a spelling wall in your home. Post new words to the wall each day.
  4. For family game night, conduct an impromptu themed spelling bee. Use a newspaper for a current events bee or a cookbook for a cuisine bee.
  5. Do like Akeelah did. Spell and jump rope!
  6. Ask friends and neighbors to challenge you with great spelling words.
  7. Find a good luck charm—perhaps shoelaces with a bumblebee design or a special coin.
  8. Read great books. You’ll be entertained while you effortlessly improve your spelling and increase your vocabulary.
  9. Scour the dictionary in search of words to stump your parents and teachers.
  10. Have a parent sign you up for a Word Club season pass. Word Club is a fun new way to study official Scripps National Spelling Bee study words online, with tests on both spelling and vocabulary! Click here to learn more.


For any spelling bee:

  • Register for a Word Club season pass. Giving a Word Club season pass as a gift? Click here to print a certificate to let your special speller know: You’re in the Club!
  • Read How to Study for a Spelling Bee by national finals pronouncer,Dr. Jacques Bailly.


For a classroom, grade level or school-wide spelling bee:

  • Step One: Learn the 100 study words for your grade level. Ask your teacher or school spelling bee coordinator for the study words. Your teacher obtains the study words by logging into a password-protected area of available exclusively for teachers. It is there that your teacher prints out “Study Words for (Your Grade Level).”
  • Step Two: Ask your teacher for the study words for all other grade levels. Study words are available for grades 1–8.
  • Step Three: Get a head start on district, county, city, regional or state competition. Learn the words in Spell It! Also, expand your spelling skill set by playing the fun word games at Merriam-Webster’s Word Central.


For a district, county, city, regional or state spelling bee:

  • Step One: Ensure that you know the study words for grade levels 1–8.
  • Step Two: Learn the words and do the activities in Spell It!
  • Step Three: When you master the words in Spell It!expand your spelling skill set by playing the fun word games at Merriam-Webster’s Word Central.