If you were snoozing in the back row or day dreaming about a good-looking classmate when your teacher went over literary devices, do not despair. You can still be ready for the SAT.
If you think that your mother’s Kindle is a literary device, you’re in deep trouble.
If you are a sharp SAT taker, you know that those crazy kids at the College Board sometimes ask questions about the literary devices used by the writers of the long and short critical reading passages.
As a Tampa SAT Preperation Tutor, I have helped students review literary devices so that they get these questions right.
Here are a few resources to help if you need to bone up on literary devices before you take the SAT:
- Hit Quizlet. If you’re not hip to Quizlet, you need to be. It’s a terrific free flashcard sharing site. Of course, some SAT study nerds have already created good flashcard sets for literary devices. Expand your search from SAT literary devices to literary devices and you will find some excellent lists of rhetorical devices to prepare you for the SAT!
- Hit Scribd. On Scribd, I found a comprehensive list of literary terms and devices that was prepared for an AP English class. I like this resource because each definition includes an example.
- Check your SparkNotes. This list includes 25 must-know literary devices for the SAT.
- Check your favorite SAT prep manual for a list of literary devices. Many of the prep guides include lists of literary devices that have appeared on previous SATs. Princeton Review’s guide contains a list of literay devices that you can find on Quizlet. No excuses because Quizlet will even let you study the terms on your iPhone!
- Find your own engaging ways to learn literary devices. For example, you could hunt for them in your daily reading or listen for the metaphors and similes in the lyrics of songs (YouTube video).
If you are discovered a useful literary device list or a SAT prep guide that has especially clear material on literary devices, please free free to share it in the comments.
To contact Eric for help preparing for the Critical Reading or writing parts of the SAT, call 813.787.8959. He tutors English in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood, and Odessa. E-mail him at eanderson 216 at verizon dot net. He also can help your student with college application essays.