Fun Ways to Learn New SAT Words Without Studying
Are you currently studying for the SATs and looking to increase your writing and critical reading
scores? The key to success in the SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections is to build your
vocabulary. Having a broad and varied vocabulary is critical to succeeding in this area and
unfortunately not something you can or should cram for.
Read a book
Read, Read, Read. The best way to prepare for the SATs, or other standardized tests including
the GRE, GMAT or LSAT, is to do plenty of reading. This seems like a no-brainer, but with so
many distractions from the internet and television, students today are not reading enough and
their vocabulary isn't as strong as it could be. Get your hands on higher level reading material
such as novels or academic journals as you'll be able to see what proper writing looks and
sounds like. As you read, remind yourself to truly absorb the material and not just skim through
it. Develop a habit of jotting down words you don't know when reading, look them up and then
start incorporating them into your own daily vocabulary.
This is the time to read all those great books outside of your assigned classroom reading and it
doesn't have to cost you a penny. Take out a book from the library or download digital classic
books like Treasure Island, The Scarlett Letter, Frankenstein or Pride and Prejudice for free on
sites like Google Books.
Word of the Day Calendars
Wake up and learn a new word every day. Calendar pages usually include a definition,
pronunciation, sample sentence, and detailed word history. Discover words that are fun to use
and test your family at breakfast to see how many words they know. Many sites are also
available to download "word of the day" applications to your computer, receive free in your
email or on your smart phones. Slip a sheet into your lunch bag every day and have some fun
with your friends.
Play Word Games
Some other fun ideas of ways to develop your sense of comprehension when you read and
expand your vocabulary skills are playing word games like word jumbles, brainteasers,
crossword puzzles or board games like Scrabble.
Social network internet versions of many original board games are a great way to learn new
words and let you play live against your friends, anywhere around the world. Additionally,
playing some online educational and vocabulary games makes you feel good about learning
new words as they donate to charities and causes to end world hunger or poverty.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with making learning fun and if a student can learn
something from playing a game, then why not take advantage of it? Other convenient ways
students can study for the SATs are with online practice tests and study guides, interactive
virtual classes and from affordable online educational tutors.
-Lara Cohn, Examville Blog Contributor
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