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For many high school seniors, this weekend will be the last chance to improve those all-important SAT scores. So how should you prepare with so little time remaining? This week we’ll focus on practical steps you can take to boost your performance and use these critical last few days most effectively.
Here are some ways you can improve your vocabulary this week:
1) Focus on words in the practice exams. In your Official SAT Study Guide, you probably came across words you didn’t know, especially in the fill-in and reading response questions. Did you go back after the practice test and learn them? No? Well then do that. The best predictor for what future words will appear on the exam is the words that have appeared in the past.
2) Make flash cards. This is a great active learning strategy to ingest lots of vocabulary pretty quickly. Writing the cards will create muscle memory and help you remember the words later on. Draw a picture of the concept on the back of the card with the definition and you’ll do even better. Test yourself, test a friend, and have your mom test you, too. Practice at lunch, on the bus, and whenever you have a free moment between classes.
3) Try the Frayer Model. Proven to drastically deepen your vocabulary knowledge, the Frayer Model asks you to specify a word’s definition, describe its characteristics, provide specific examples of it in action, and identify non-examples – things that do not fit the concept. Don’t type this one up – writing it by hand will provide you with the all-important muscle memory. Not sure what the Frayer Model looks like? Like us on Facebook to get a FREE template from our page and see other exclusive content.
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