My oldest is a sophomore this year, and we’d already decided that he would take the PSAT for the first time this fall. He was nervous, and understandably so. We do the standard achievement tests each year, and this year he’d said it was easy, and then proved it by scoring at the top of the chart.
The PSAT is a completely different animal, and my son knew it. We received the test booklet in mid-September, and he spent a few days studying it and then taking the practice test.
He wanted me to score the test, . . . → Read More: College Prep Genius
This last few weeks, we’ve been reviewing Vocabulary Cartoons 1, SAT Word Power from New Monic Books. Aimed at grades 7-12, Vocabulary Cartoons is a deceptively simple method. Each of the 290 pages contain an amusing black & white cartoon illustrating a mnemonic, aka “memory trick”, for a word, along with the definition, pronunciation, and sample sentences. After every ten words is a review page in an easy-to-understand format comprised of definition matching and fill-in-the blank sentences.
In a sturdy trade-paperback format, it could either be used for formal instruction, or informally, . . . → Read More: Vocabulary Cartoons: A different approach