Five word search hacks that actually work


Doing a word search puzzle or two is always fun – and it’s perfect for word lovers young and old. It helps with strategic thinking, problem-solving and, of course, vocabulary – skills that can be beneficial when approaching all tasks. These tips will help you become a pro at word searches in no time.

Two birds, one stone

We know how tricky it can be when searching for one word . . . for what seems like hours. It’s the challenge that we love, after all, so here’s to winning! Instead of only searching for one word, or focusing on a tricky word, try looking for multiple words at once. You’re bound to find an easier word on the way.

Mark and keep track

It can sometimes become confusing while you’re looking for words when you end up losing the word you just found in the grid. Eek! Use a pencil to keep track of the words you’re looking for, while you scan each row for the first letter of a word. You can use a colourful pen if you’re really confident and love a bright page. 

Use your words 

You can decide to search for the words randomly, or you can make it easier for yourself by sticking to the order of the word list. The list is there for a reason, so familiarise yourself with it and scratch the words off from the list when you find them. In that way, you won’t look for the same words twice. Some people opt to go rogue and search for words without consulting the list, but sometimes words are spotted that don’t necessarily form part of the list.

Focus on the standouts

Look for less common letters in words such as X, Y, K, Q or Z to help you link up words and narrow your search. Scan for the end of common words such as “ing”, and focus on finding longer words.

Say it out loud!

Did you know that saying the words out loud helps your brain remember what it's read? So talk to yourself while you’re looking for the words. This helps your brain recall the words you're looking for so you don't have to consult the list as often. It’s basically a sneaky way to rev up your brain and save time. You’ve got this!

Put your skills to good use with issue No 7 of YOU Word Search. With 107 puzzles to choose from, it’s packed with puzzles for adults and kids. Available in stores now and conveniently available online at 

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