The Science of Learning SAT Vocabulary

Vocab Videos is a unique and highly effective system for learning difficult vocabulary words that appear on tests like the ISEE, SAT, ACT and GRE. Using both auditory and visual cues, each video includes a real-world representation of the meaning of a word in a way that you can easily relate to and understand.

Research from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development found that “on average, students who had placed at the 50th percentile in reading comprehension scored 30 percentile points higher after receiving direct vocabulary instruction” (Dunn, Bonner, & Huske, 2007). 

 

 

The Science of Learning Vocabulary

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Students can spend hours trying to memorize words using traditional vocabulary books and flashcards, only to forget all those words by the next day. Vocab Videos engages students with the words directly. Research has shown that people remember more effectively when they have visual and auditory cues.

Renowned psychologist, Allan Paivio, established a "dual coding theory," which demonstrated that information held both in verbal memory and visual memory is retained better than information held in only one memory system. Vocab Videos show students what words mean, instead of just telling them. A 2005 study from a team of psychologists at Johns Hopkins University builds on Paivio's findings, and suggests that embedding multimedia into curriculum can contribute to students' academic success. In their words, "combining verbal and visual content (words and moving pictures) give learners multiple pathways to retention and comprehension..." (read more from Achievement Effects of Embedded Multimedia in a Success for All Reading Program). 

Additionally, studies have shown time and again the immeasurable value of systematic vocabulary instruction for building reading comprehension. A 2007 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development study notes that “on average, students who had placed at the 50th percentile in reading comprehension scored 30 percentile points higher after receiving direct vocabulary instruction” (Dunn, Bonner, & Huske, 2007).

Vocab Videos provides an accessible vocabulary system for students and educators replete with engaging vocabulary video content and valuable review tools. The combination works to create an effective vocabulary learning solution.

Reading comprehension is absolutely essential to success on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE, ISEE, SSAT, and TOEFL. A thorough understanding of word meanings enables a person to better comprehend a text containing those words. Students with greater word knowledge have higher comprehension levels, and thus tend to perform significantly better on high-stakes standardized tests, which largely consist of non-fiction passages that must be read and analyzed in a fixed amount of time. 

Check out the graph below to see just what kind of influence vocabulary instruction can have on student achievement:

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