Preparing for a spelling bee requires looking at lists of words over and over again and finding ways to remember how to spell them. Developing creative ideas, such as spelling walls and spelling while doing physical activities, helps improve memory.
Find the long-term motivation necessary to keep studying week after week. Watching videos from prior national spelling bees and movies such as "Spellbound" and "Akeelah and the Bee" can keep you encouraged and excited about the prospect of winning.
Spelling is a visual enterprise, even though bees operate by reciting rather than writing words. Set up a spelling wall in your house, and put new words on it every day. Create a journal to record the most interesting words that you find, and include their spelling and definition. Give copies of your study lists to your neighbors and friends, and ask them to surprise you with occasional quizzes.
Read books that are above your grade level to help build reading comprehension and vocabulary at the same time. Spend some time with an unabridged dictionary to ensure you have access to the most comprehensive list of words available. As you learn new words, find opportunities to use them in conversations with your friends.