As P quickly approaches the high school years, thoughts of the ACT and SAT are already entering MY head. One thing that is top of mind for me with regard to test preparations is finding ways to boost vocabulary. The boys read a fair number of books throughout the year. However, so much of the books they are reading do not have the kind of vocabulary expected for scoring high on those tests.
There are resources dedicated to helping boost your vocabulary and we have recently been testing out one in our house.
VocabAhead sent us their DVD product to review. VocabAhead One Thousand SAT Vocabulary Videos & MP3s offers over 1000 SAT vocabulary words to help ‘drill’ the words and definitions
We did find that our older machines could not play the video files from the DVD. But, we were able to view them on the school laptop. I’m still not sure what the issue was with the other computers. Once I found a computer that could read the DVD, I stopped my investigations on getting it to work on the others.
The product is pretty straightforward. You can watch a video OR listen to a mp3 file stating the word, the definition (or definitions) with example sentences. The video segment has the same audio file with the addition of the word plus definition in visual form. When they do example uses, there is a picture reinforcing the word and it’s use.
While we did not test it out, you should be able to put the files onto an iPod for your student to use away from the computer. What a neat assignment for an older student… “listen to x, y, and z files on your iPod.” As the individual files are short (under a minute each), your child could literally spend just a few minutes per day on their quest to a better vocabulary.
I suspect the key to using this product is repetition followed by quizzing to ensure retention. VocabAhead offers a ‘study room’ on their website where students can do flash card studying or quizzes. If you make your way through all 1000 or so words on the DVD with decent retention, your child should have the breadth of vocabulary needed to do well on college admissions tests.
The DVD retails for $24.99 and is available through (affiliate link) Amazon. More information is on the VocabAhead website. On the website, you can preview some of the video segments that are found on the DVD. Just be careful to note who posted it as those with VocabAhead listed behind the From category. Others appear to be user submitted. Also, you can register for the Word of the Day and have a different word sent to your inbox every day.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was provided with the VocabAhead One Thousand SAT Vocabulary Videos & MP3s DVD for the purpose of writing this review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are our own. You can read what other TOS Crewmates have to say about this product by visiting the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.