Seeing vowels in words is a good strategy and might help


positioning see the i’s and o’s

Also see the word in the word:
po/sit /ion
sit in position

position + ing = positioning

mobilise  – drop the ‘e’ with –ing = mobilising  (see the i’s mobilising)

registrar – the re/gist/rar “rar, rar”

dystocia  “dis toe shu”

transferring  (double ‘r’  for transferring, transferred, transferrable, but not for transference. See the Spelling Rules book page 44-45. And 1:1:1 doubling up rule lesson and video)

Also  admit, admitted, admittance, admitting  (double ‘t’)

Spelling test – I’ve recorded them quickly so you can eventually write them automatically without too much stress, but remember to still use memory tricks, syllable breakdown or anything to help. You can type them in the Notepad below so your finger memory gets used to the spelling.

1. positioning    2.  mobilising     3.  registrar  

4. dystocia       5. transferring     6. admittance

7. transferred   8. admitted      9. position    10.  mobilise


Now do this exercise. Use memory tricks, your visual memory for what looks right and your knowledge of spelling rules to help you choose the right word.

Quiz for AW

Choose the right words. Use memory tricks, your visual memory and knowledge of spelling rules, etc.

haemo:  haemorrhage, haemorrhaging (drop the ‘e’ with -ing), haemorrhoids, haemoglobin

They come from Greek from haima ‘blood’ so the “a” is in the “haemo” spelling to show the Greek roots. (In American they’ve dropped the “a”.) Pronunciation doesn’t help the first bit so think of a memory trick.

Then there’s the tricky ‘rrh‘ in haemorrhage and haemorrhoids
rh‘ is Greek for rhubarb so  think of the red blood colour!! red rhubarb = rrh

Spelling test 2

1. haemorrhage   2. haemorrhoids  3. haemoglobin  4. haemorrhaging

 5. haemorrhoid cream    6. Low haemoglobin could mean anaemia.

1. You can use the Look Say Cover Write Check method

2. Do the word search below – they’re good for your visual memory

ae” pattern again (“a” in there to show the Greek origins anaimia, from an– ‘without’ + haima ‘blood’.)
anaemia – anaemia

anaesthetic – anaesthetic
from Greek anaisthēsia, from an = ‘without’ + aisthēsis = ‘sensation’.

You could say these words in a very exaggerated way “ana/e/”mee”/a” or think a good memory trick

obstetrics “ub/STET/tricks”
obstetrician “ob/stu/TR/cian”


Look at these words and sentences, say them, then write them, then check them letter by letter.
1. anaemia  
2. anaesthetic
3. She could be anaemic.
4 The anaesthetic was slow to wear off.
5. The anaesthetist came in to see her.
6. Mum to call when baby is awake so assistance can be given with breastfeeding, and to check on position and attachment.
7. Registrar to attend room two for a shoulder dystocia.
8. The procedure is usually carried out under anaesthetic.

Write some more sentences, with all the words learned so far, and send them to me

Do the quiz below and use your memory tricks etc., to remember the spelling.

A-W exercise 2

Choose or type in the right words

I’ll record this soon

concerns raised
(concern softer sound than consent)

Concerns were raised.
I raised some concerns.
I expressed my concerns.
I’m very concerned.
She was concerned about the procedure.

consent given
I sent a consent form
Consent was given.
They gave their consent.
She gave her consent.

introductions made,
All the necessary introductions were made.
I made all the necessary introductions.

throughout the night
She was asleep throughout the night.
She was in pain throughout the night.

orientation given

pla / cent/a centre of the birth
The placenta is expelled from the uterus at the birth of the fetus, when it is often called the afterbirth.

spinal in

Can you spell these words?
nauseous, pharmacist, medication agitated, dizzy, administered, procedure, infection,
admission, conscious, consciousness, unconscious, antenatal, amniotic fluid, ectopic, episiotomy