Cool New App: Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute!

speed readSamsung is releasing a brand new app called Spritz that promises to help us read up to 1,000 words a minute. Imagine the possibilities for book lovers!

Training our brains to read quickly and efficiently could also benefit students’ reading comprehension and help them through reading passages on tests like the SAT and ACT where timing is key.

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Inside Higher Ed: Transforming “Career Services”

Check out this interesting Inside Higher Ed article highlighting often ineffective “career services” centers and processes. Read about the suggested “Roadmap for Transforming the College-to-Career Experience.” Think it offers a good solution?

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Scripps National Spelling Bee Adds a Vocabulary Component

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is making some major changes, and will now be incorporating a vocabulary test! The vocabulary component will be used to select semifinalists and finalists, but won’t be part of the televised final event. The vocabulary evaluation will count for 50% of a speller’s overall score that will determine who advances in the competition.

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Students Must Learn More Vocabulary Words (Say Studies)!

FACT: Students need to learn more vocabulary words!

“Vocabulary is a deceptively simple literacy skill that researchers and educators agree is critical to students’ academic success, but which has proved frustratingly difficult to address,” said Sarah D. Sparks in her insightful Education Week article “Students Must Learn More Words, Say Studies.”

More studies are confirming what we already know–how important vocabulary is in and of itself  and in respect to literacy.  While its significance has remained consistent, unfortunately direct vocabulary instruction has become less of a priority inside the classroom. However, the consensus among researchers and educators alike has been that students must close such vocabulary gaps to succeed academically, take on Common Core State Standards, deal with rigorous scholastic content and, of course, succeed on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.

We encourage you to read Ms. Sparks’ entire article for an interesting read about the irrefutable significance of vocabulary. Educators, we know you have a lot on your plates, but try your best to incorporate vocabulary instruction into your lessons (think about giving Vocab Videos a try!). Students, make learning vocabulary on your own a priority with the knowledge that it will help you succeed in school and on tests that really count for your future.

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Food for Thought: Vocab Videos SAT Vocab Definition Groups

To make it easier to help our users learn SAT and ACT vocabulary, we’ve illustrated the meanings of words using short, silly videos (check out some samples!). What you might not know until you register for Vocab Videos is that we also offer an array of study tools and resources to help you better understand word meanings. One such study tool is our Vocab Videos Definition Groups List (found under the blue “Study Resources” tab when logged-in to your account).

These category lists group words by common themes. It provides students with a valuable reference and allows for an even more comprehensive understanding of the SAT vocabulary. These definition groups are useful for helping students grasp subtle differences in meanings and when to use particular words.

Take a look at our definition groups and the words that are included in each below (along with some fun”food for thought” images that correspond with each category). To watch the videos for all of these words, learn their definitions, and check out our study tools be sure to register for Vocab Videos!

Bad Blood

ABHOR

ACRIMONY

ANIMOSITY

ANTAGONISTIC

CONTEMPT

DISDAIN

ENMITY

RANCOR

SCORN


BFF

AFFABLE

AMIABLE

AMICABLE

CAMARADERIE

CORDIAL

GENIAL


Chill

COMPOSED

EQUANIMITY

PLACID

SERENE

TRANQUIL


Cocky

BOMBASTIC

CONDESCEND

ELITIST

GRANDIOSE

HAUGHTY

PATRONIZE

POMPOUS

PRETENTIOUS


Cry Baby

DESPAIR

DESPONDENT

DOUR

LAMENT

MELANCHOLY

MOROSE


Eagle Eye

ACUITY

ASTUTE

DISCERN

INCISIVE

KEEN

PERSPICACITY


Feel Better

ALLEVIATE

APPEASE

MITIGATE

MOLLIFY

TEMPER


Fight Club

BELLIGERENT

CANTANKEROUS

CONTEND

IRATE

PUGNACIOUS


Flashy

FLAMBOYANT

FLORID

GARISH

ORNATE


Gone With the Wind

ELUSIVE

EPHEMERAL

EVANESCENT

EVASIVE

TRANSIENT

TRANSITORY


Happy Camper

BUOYANT

ECSTASY

ELATED

EUPHORIA

FELICITY

MIRTH


Hip Hip Hooray!

ACCLAIM

ADULATION

COMMEND

EXALT

EXTOL

LAUD


Killer

BANE

DELETERIOUS

PERNICIOUS

 


Like-Minded

ACCORD

CONCORD

CONCUR

CONFORM

CONSENSUS

UNIFORM


Noise Pollution

BOISTEROUS

CACOPHONY

OBSTREPEROUS

TUMULTUOUS


Overboard

EXORBITANT

EXTRAVAGANT

LAVISH

LUXURIOUS

OPULENT


Party Hearty!

EBULLIENT

EXUBERANT

VIVACIOUS

 


Pig-Headed

DOGGED

DOGMATIC

INTRANSIGENT

OBDURATE

TENACITY


Played Out

BANAL

HACKNEYED

INSIPID

MUNDANE

PROSAIC

TRITE


Road Block

HAMPER

HINDER

IMPEDE

INHIBIT

THWART


Serious Business

EARNEST

SOLEMN

SOMBER

 


Shady

CUNNING

DUPLICITY

GUILE

TREACHERY


Thumbs Down

ADMONISH

BERATE

CENSURE

REBUKE

REPROACH

SCATHING


Trash Talk

BELITTLE

DECRY

DENIGRATE

DENOUNCE

DEPRECATE

DERIDE

DISPARAGE

VILIFY


Wise Guy

CIRCUMSPECT

DISCREET

JUDICIOUS

PRUDENT

SAGACIOUS

SHREWD


X-treme Intensity!

ARDOR

FERVENT

GALVANIZE

IMPASSIONED

ZEALOUS

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Vocab Videos Updates: Episode Flashcard Sets & Glossary Links Compatible with iPads/iPhones!

GOOD NEWS VOCAB VIDEOS USERS:

We’re always working on upgrades to help improve our users’ experience, and we’ve recently completed some BIG updates to two of our study tools:

Flashcards

All users now have access to Vocab Videos flashcard sets for every episode! These flashcards can be accessed from the student/educator Flashcards page, and from the video player pages for each episode; so when you’re finished watching the episodes, you now have another form of review. Just click the new Flashcards icon!

Glossary

Our glossary is now officially compatible with your mobile devices–including Apple’s iPads and iPhones! Use our searchable glossary to review the words featured in the Vocab Videos episodes; and click video links to re-watch any videos you need to review on your computers or on-the-go!

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NEW FEATURE: Study Your Vocab Videos Flash Cards on Your Phones and Tablets!

Hi Vocab Videos users! We have good news: the flash cards that you create on VocabVideos.com are now available in a mobile-friendly view on your mobile devices and tablets! So you can now study your vocabulary words and terms on-the-go.

Remember: you can use the Vocab Videos flash card maker to create digital flashcards for ANY ACADEMIC SUBJECT! So we would encourage you to make use of this new functionality by creating flash card sets for any of your upcoming tests or quizzes. Create flash cards for an upcoming biology quiz or history exam; create an ongoing set for unfamiliar words and terms you come across in reading assignments. We hope that you’re also  creating worksheets for your words, using them in sentences and taking notes that will help you remember their definitions; you can convert your completed worksheets into flash card sets with the click of a button!

Reviewing these words on a regular basis will help you to better remember their meanings, so be sure to take advantage of our multimedia flash card maker and our mobile-friendly quiz feature!

To access our digital flash card maker:

  • Sign into your Vocab Videos account
  • If you’re a student, select “My Flashcards” from your Locker homepage; if you’re on an educator account, select the blue “My Flashcards” tab
  • Review your flash cards from your mobile devices or tablets, by selecting the “Take Quiz Mobile” icon (this will display flash cards in a mobile-friendly quiz mode)
  • Simply tap the screen to flip between the front and back of your flash cards.
    • Know it and ready to move on? Click “Got It!”
    • Want to shuffle the cards? Click “Mix ’em up”
    • Finished reviewing the set? Click “I’m Done”

Front of card (iPhone screen):

Back of card (iPhone screen):

 

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SAT and ACT Books from the Makers of Vocab Videos!


The company behind Vocab Videos, A-List Education, publishes student and teacher friendly SAT and ACT books that are now for sale on A-List’s Online Store!

Check out what we have to offer:

Student Materials 

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  • ACT Prep Package (includes 2 texts)-$39.95. The ACT bundle contains:
    • Book of Knowledge: comprehensive chapters for the English, Math, Reading and Science Tests, with in-depth discussion and entertaining commentary offering tips for every score level; includes example problems with detailed explanations, drills, and exercises to hone your skills
    • Solutions Manual: detailed answers and explanations for every question in The ACT Book of Knowledge
  • SAT Prep Package (includes 3 texts)-$49.95. The SAT bundle contains:
    • Book of Knowledge: comprehensive Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Sections, with in-depth discussion and entertaining commentary offering tips for every score level; includes exampleproblems with detailed explanations, drills, and exercises to hone your skills
    • Solutions Manual: detailed answers and explanations for every question in The SAT Book of Knowledge
    • Vocabulary Workbook: contains the 500 most common SAT words ordered by frequency of appearance along with definitions, synonyms, pronunciation guides, and example sentences
  • Companion to the Official SAT Study Guide (1 text)-$65.95. The comprehensive Companion to the Official SAT Study Guide contains:
    • Detailed solutions and explanations to EVERY question in the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide, written by experts in SAT preparation
    • Thorough examination of all answer choices, spelling out why wrong choices are wrong and why you might be tempted by them.
    • Explanations that demonstrate how to apply the techniques from The A-List Book of Knowledge on real test problems.
  • Vocab Videos Workbook-$11.99. This companion guide to VocabVideos.com includes:
    • 500 high-frequency vocabulary words you need to know for the SAT
    • Definitions, pronunciation guides, and example sentences
    • Synonyms and categories to form connections between words
    • Roots, etymologies, and other memory aids

Instructor Materials

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  • Companion to the Official SAT Study Guide (1 text)-$65.95. The comprehensive Companion to the Official SAT Study Guide contains:
    • Detailed solutions and explanations to EVERY question in the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide, written by experts in SAT preparation
    • Thorough examination of all answer choices, spelling out why wrong choices are wrong and why you might be tempted by them.
    • Explanations that demonstrate how to apply the techniques from The A-List Book of Knowledge on real test problems.
  • The Book of Knowledge ACT Teacher Manual (1 text)-$49.95.  A-List’s comprehensive ACT Teacher/Tutor Prep Manual includes:
    • Complete text of the student ACT Book of Knowledge along with detailed answers and explanations for every question
    • A thorough examination of all answer choices spelling out why wrong choices are wrong and why students might be tempted by them
  • The Book of Knowledge SAT Teacher Manual (1 text)-$49.95.  A-List’s comprehensive SAT Teacher/Tutor Prep Manual includes:
    • Complete text of the student ACT Book of Knowledge along with detailed answers and explanations for every question
    • A thorough examination of all answer choices spelling out why wrong choices are wrong and why students might be tempted by them
  • ACT Book of Knowledge FOR STUDENTS (intended for purchase by educators- does not include student solutions manual)-$19.95. The student ACT BoK includes:
    • Comprehensive chapters for the English, Math, Reading and Science Tests, with in-depth discussion and entertaining commentary offering tips for every score level
    • Example problems with detailed explanations, drills, and exercises to hone your skills
  • SAT Book of Knowledge FOR STUDENTS (intended for purchase by educators- does not include student solutions manual)-$19.95. The student SAT BoK includes:
    • Comprehensive Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Sections, with in-depth discussion and entertaining commentary offering tips for every score level
    • Example problems with detailed explanations, drills, and exercises to hone your skills
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Vocab Videos and Study Blue App on the News!

A-List Education President, Scott Farber, keeps popping up on various media outlets as a trusted source for SAT advice. On this segment from New York’s Weekend Today Show (aired 4/29/12) , Scott highlights Vocab Videos and discusses the importance of vocabulary for success on the SAT. He also suggests students take advantage of our useful mobile flashcards on the free Study Blue app! Check it out below:

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

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A-List Education President, Scott Farber, Discusses Vocab Videos on NBC New York

EXCITING VOCAB VIDEOS NEWS: Scott Farber of A-List Education, the organization that brings you Vocab Videos, was recently featured on NBC New York!

“Vocabulary is key,” Scott Farber tells NBC’s Chuck Scarborough during his interview discussing the SAT. Citing Vocab Videos as a fun and effective way for students to learn essential test prep and high school vocabulary, Scott discusses why he came up with the concept of our site. Check out the clip below!

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