Why is vocabulary important?: Why is vocabulary important? Most of the hard questions on the Critical Reading section are hard because the vocabulary is hard. Every word you know makes those questions easier.
Goal: 1000 words: Goal: 1000 words That’s 10 words/day for 100 days. Not a big deal. You Can Do It!
Step 1: The App: Step 1: The App Iphone App: SmartVocab SAT $3.99 Makes it actually fun to learn new words! Keeps a running total of words mastered. Well-designed. Get it now! It’s worth every penny.
Step 2: Flashcards: Step 2: Flashcards Get some small index cards and start making flashcards whenever you come across an unfamiliar word. At the end of the day, put the new flashcards on a desk and review all the words. When you know a word, put it in a separate “mastered” pile and review them just once a week. Use mnemonics to help memorize the words. Draw a funny sketch of the word. Make up a funny sentence with the word.
Step 3: Learn 168 Word Roots: Step 3: Learn 168 Word Roots Learning Roots helps you with thousands of words – it’s a shortcut to help you figure out the meaning Use Quizlet.com for flashcards: http://quizlet.com/1035150/grubers-sat-roots-flash-cards/
Step 4: READ!: Step 4: READ! Students who do well on the reading section are readers. They read a lot. If that’s not you, it’s not too late. Start now! Any classic novel will do. Underline unfamiliar words when you come across them, and then go back and make flashcards for them. You can also purchase Kaplan’s “SAT-Score Raising Classics” which have the hard words defined on every page of the novel.
Step 5: Vocab Books: Step 5: Vocab Books If that’s not enough, or you’d like a Vocabulary Book, we recommend Direct Hits Volumes 1 and 2 . The author does a wonderful job of making vocabulary interesting to learn.
Slide 9: Now start learning your words!