Vocabulary Tips for Your Student, from Our SAT Tutors:
Of all the test prep tasks, learning new SAT vocabulary words can be a daunting task. In the first of a two part series, we offer SAT vocabulary building tips that center on reading. In the second part of our series, we spotlight online resources and unique tips for students who are not natural readers.
Reading is the most natural, and enjoyable, way to build a better vocabulary. Reading lets your child understand how each word is used and will make the learning process easier and more enjoyable. And another benefit will be higher reading comprehension scores!
• Encourage your son or daughter to read any book that interests him or her – as long as the vocabulary level is challenging. Keep a dictionary nearby to check definitions. As words are being learned, record them on a list or on cards for review later.
• If your teen shies away from books, suggest short stories or newspaper and magazine articles. Any subject matter that engages your child and challenges his vocabulary will do the trick. Give your child some choices: The Wall Street Journal, N.Y. Times, USA Today, Newsweek, etc. Again, use a dictionary and write down new words with their definitions.
• If traditional books aren’t appealing, maybe it’s time to try a digital product such as an e-book. The Kindle and Nook hold up to 1500 books, in addition to popular magazines and non-fiction.
• Use newly learned words in daily conversations and writing. Remind your son or daughter that a strong vocabulary goes a lot further than just raising SAT score…it enhances conversational and writing skills for life!
What to do if your child is not much of a reader, and is tired of flashing index cards with words like ‘insidious’, ‘inexorable’ and ‘ingenuous’, and thousands of other SAT vocabulary words? In Part Two, additional ways to boost your student’s vocabulary utilizing online resources.
What techniques is your student using to learn SAT vocabulary?!