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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: Links to Student Worksheets on Your Home Dashboard!

Vocab Videos is continuously looking to improve its online platform by adding new features and updating existing ones. Digital worksheets provide space for students to write sentences, synonyms, mnemonic devices and other ways of remembering vocabulary words and their meanings. Now, links to a user’s completed worksheets are available right from their home dashboard making them more accessible to users.
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Presenting the Vocab Film Festival…

The Vocab Film Festival is here and has been receiving LOTS of attention! Below, check out some of the places the Festival has been featured:

Don’t forget to “Like” Vocab Videos on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest Festival updates, announcements, and submissions!

REMEMBER: Vote on your favorite submissions! Doing so will not only ensure that your favorite entrants win some incredible prizes (the Festival is giving away MORE THAN $20K IN SCHOLARSHIPS, CASH, AND PRIZES!), but that your favorite participating nonprofit organization will receive special prizes and donations at the close of the Festival!

The Vocab Film Festival is sponsored by a number of wonderful educational organizations including Zinch.com, Knewton, Perfect800, and Cerebellum, and has the support of the incredible participating nonprofits, including Year Up, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Urban Word, and Harlem Children’s Zone. We encourage you to learn more about our sponsors and nonprofits partners who have helped to make the Vocab Film Festival possible.

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The Early Importance of Vocabulary: Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat”

Tuesday, March 2, was the birthday of one of the country’s most beloved children’s authors—Theodor Seuss Geisel , better known to many by his pen name, Dr. Seuss.  Mr. Geisel is credited with publishing over sixty children’s books whose imaginative characters have helped to bring smiles to countless faces and to make reading an enjoyable experience for young readers.

Since vocabulary is what the Vocab Videos team knows best, we thought our Vocab Videos fans would be excited to learn the interesting history of one of Dr. Seuss’ most cherished works, The Cat in the Hat. Mr. Geisel wrote the story about the mischievous cat in response to a 1954 Life magazine article written by John Hersey which discussed a prominent national problem in education at the time—children’s struggle with reading.

Hersey criticized the reading materials commonly available to students in school with their “insipid illustrations depicting the slicked-up lives of other children.” Why, he asked, “should [school primers] not have pictures that widen rather than narrow the associative richness the children give to the words they illustrate — drawings like those of the wonderfully imaginative geniuses among children’s illustrators?” One of the talented illustrators Hersey pointed to after posing this question was Theodor Geisel.

Hersey spoke and Mr. Geisel listened. Geisel’s answer?  The Cat in the Hat. Mr. Geisel’s publisher supplied the author and cartoonist with a list of words that he believed young school children would be learning.  Within the The Cat in the Hat’s pages, Geisel included 223 vocabulary words that would serve to help improve the literacy young children who picked up his work.

So happy birthday, Dr. Seuss, and thank you for your lasting contribution to children’s literature and vocabulary!

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SAT Preparation: Helpful Reminders for the Upcoming SAT & ACT

The March SAT (3/13/10) and April ACT (4/10/10) are fast-approaching, and the Vocab Videos team wanted to offer you a few reminders for the home stretch:

  • Remember to Register! If you haven’t already, be sure to register for your upcoming test! Sign up for the SAT by following the instructions at CollegeBoard.com. If you’ve missed the February 10th registration deadline, there’s still time; late registration for the March SAT is available through 2/18/10 (mail) and 2/24/10 (phone/online). Sign up here for the ACT. The registration deadline is 3/5/10 and while we don’t recommend you wait, the late registration deadline is 3/19/10.
  • Stay on top of your game: Just because the end is near (for some of you) doesn’t mean it’s time to slow down or give up–stay on top of your test-prep game! These last few weeks are important and there’s still room for improvement. Continue to put in your best effort with your tutors, brush up on your vocabulary*, and stay committed to doing your best.
  • Keep taking practice tests: Taking SAT practice tests could very well be your best form of review for the real SAT. The more familiar you are with the SAT, the more comfortable you’ll be come the actual test date. Knowing what to expect in terms of content, question type, and your time management ability, will greatly improve your test-time mentality. Check out this free SAT practice test available through the College Board.
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Taking the upcoming SAT or ACT? There's still time! Continue to stay committed to your SAT prep.

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR UPCOMING TEST!

*Don’t forget: learning SAT vocabulary words is one sure way to improve your SAT reading score up to 150 points! With vocabulary, you either know it or you don’t, and on the SAT vocabulary knowledge is a must. Learn it the fun & effective way with Vocab Videos, and be sure to check out the new Vocab Videos trailer!

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