As I am getting my own college bound Senior ready for applications, tests, and essays, I find myself realizing how important an extensive vocabulary can be to help with all the preparations.
For a student with a 504 Plan or an I.E.P., advanced vocabulary can be a real challenge on standardized tests. For many students, so much time has been spent on study skills and reading for content, often higher level vocabulary is overlooked. What can you do? Look online for games that encourage vocabulary building skills. Go to a site like Quizlet and look up words from the PSAT, SAT, or ACT to study. There are games and flashcards already done, or you can make your own.
Try to learn a new word every day and use it! It is a fun challenge and a great way to expand your knowledge. Then, when you get into higher level readings, you have built a better base to help you understand the content and context of your readings.
Happy summer and remember, it is only with erudition that one can expand their vocabulary.