I just picked up (and started reading!) a book I would recommend for vocab study: "Hot Words for the SAT." The author is Linda Carnevale, M.A. The book is published by Barrons; I got my copy from Barnes and Noble. Briefly, the author advocates learning new vocabulary words by clusters which have similar meanings to one another. So for example, under "Words Relating to Friendly and Agreeable," she puts "affable, amiable, amicable, congenial, convivial, cordial, gregarious, jocular, levity." This is a great way to teach and to learn new things! I briefly tried this approach in the past with New Testament studies (I am agnostic today:) in attempting to learn clusters of Greek words. Yes, I think I'm better with English:) For students of religion who are interested though, I do recommend Louw and (Eugene A.) Nida, "Greek Words According to Semantic Domains," and (Bishop) Richard C. Trench, "Synonyms of the New Testament." So check Carnevale's book/approach out... read more
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Here is an overview of my 5 BEST TIPS for realizing your highest potential on the SAT: Read and Write Daily- Do not read just fluffy stuff from internet sites or think that your emails constitute all the daily writing you need (join a writer's group and keep a journal). Most importantly, read thoughtful, intelligent articles from reputable sources (like the Wall Street Journal) on a daily basis on topics that stimulate your thinking and challenge your vocabulary. This is the best approach for long-term improvement in reading and writing. Study High-Frequency SAT Vocabulary Lists- There are many of these word lists obtainable on the Internet. The problem is that you may not retain the words using a crash-course study approach. This won't be helpful for long term unless you pace your study of the words and see words in their context. I recommend a 7 day study approach. Study 30-50 words each day for two days in a row using flash cards, review the list of... read more
Very interesting article for parents of younger students about likely changes to the SAT in line with Common Core curriculum alterations. Please note that all of this is INFORMED SPECULATION at this stage, not an absolute plan, so if you are a junior/senior or the parent of one, prepare for the SAT as expected. However, parents of younger students seeking enrichment should take note. http://www.iecaonline.com/blog/2013/09/18/preparing-students-for-a-new-era-of-admission-testing/