Avid readers typically have the vocabulary needed to score well on the SAT, but students who are stronger in math and science may not.
If you are a student who is more inclined toward math and science, one way to improve your SAT reading score is to learn new vocabulary words every day.
Fortunately, the Internet makes learning new words easy. Here are five of my favorite word-of-the-day websites:
Vocabulary Building Website Free Rice
The Free Rice website is a nifty way to increase vocabulary and to help end world hunger. In the “English Vocabulary” section, students are given a vocabulary word and four possible meanings. If they choose correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program and a harder vocabulary word is given. These vocabulary words start at about at the seventh- grade level and progress to the graduate level.
Word of the Day from Wordsmith
Wordsmith will e-mail a vocabulary word each day to students who sign up by sending a message with “subscribe” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily Wordsmith e-mails provide the word meaning, the pronunciation, the etymology, and a sentence using the word. The vocabulary words are appropriate for middle school and high school students.
New York Times Word of the Day
In the Learning section of the New York Times website, students can also find a word of the day. These words are taken from past articles in the New York Times. Each word includes pronunciation and meaning. The website also provides the number of times the word has appeared on the pages of the Times during the past year. The vocabulary words are on the seventh-grade level and above.
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day
The dictionary publisher also has a good Word of the Day Program. Students can sign up to receive emails, read the entry online, or listen to a pod cast. Each entry includes a definition and a sentence using the vocabulary word in context. This word-of-the-day website also includes a paragraph about the word’s origin. Students in middle school through college will benefit from Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day program.
The Way to Word Power: Vocab Vitamins
This fun vocabulary building website provides a word of the day that corresponds to a theme of the week. Along with the meaning and origin of the word, each day’s entry provides several paragraphs to provide a rich context for the word. Vocab Vitamins will work best for ninth graders and above. The creators of this site are the authors of Vocabulary Vitamins. The site offers a premium subscription as well as some worthwhile grammar tips.
These online resources make learning new vocabulary fun and simple. Learning a word a day is an excellent way for you to improve your SAT reading scores.
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Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 11/13/2009 8:37 PM