Dr. Michael Youmans, of CollegePrepExpress, is offering a contest to help students build SAT vocabulary, have fun, and earn valuable prizes. Here are the rules: read the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs, or listen to the audiobook version. Compile a list of all of the words you don’t know, email them to Dr. Yo and note the page or time stamp for the word.
I’m TOUTING this contest because:
- the book has CAPTIVATED many readers and has been EXTOLLED by reviewers
- the option of listening to the audiobook means auditory learners can’t DEMUR!
- reading a 656 page book shows true commitment
- by organizing the contest around a book, CPE avoids a SCATTERSHOT approach to learning vocabulary
I recommend “read, circle, lookup” as a very useful method for learning standardized test vocabulary. CPE does not require contestants to look up the words, but I recommend you do. Steve Jobs’ story will probably stick with you and so will the words.
Thank you to Dr. Yo for allowing me to re-post the contest announcement from his blog:
Learning while having fun is a key to any successful SAT test prep strategy. It’s the basis of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T. and the CollegePrepExpress contest. Good luck!
- TOUTING = promoting
- CAPTIVATED = interested
- EXTOLLED = praised
- DEMUR = object
- SCATTERSHOT = haphazard