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Research studies have demonstrated that the keyword method used in this book is not only the most efficient method of learning word definitions, but also of increasing reading comprehension. Build Your Vocabulary Skills! A Quick and Easy Method contains 1413 words defined and linked to their definitions by keys and link sentences. The words were derived from study lists for tests such as the SAT and the GRE.

Imagine the benefits of expanding your vocabulary or that of your children or students by over a thousand important words. You will read with more precise comprehension. No longer will you constantly skim over unfamiliar words. The new words learned will jump out of the pages with exact definitions. Words read repeatedly will become part of the active vocabulary -- the vocabulary used in writing and speech.

The most immediate and dramatic benefit will be higher scores on scholastic tests. Build Your Vocabulary Skills! can be a valuable tool in preparing for tests such as the SAT, the GRE, the Miller Analogies, or any test in which vocabulary is a significant factor. And an exciting possibility presents itself: Since verbal skills constitute an important part of standard intelligence tests such as the WAIS and the Stanford-Binet, a major increase in vocabulary such as can be facilitated by this book could be expected to raise IQ scores.

About the Author

John LaCarna holds a Master of Social Work degree, and a BA in psychology with a minor in journalism, both from Louisiana State University, and is licensed as a social worker in Louisiana.

His varied experience in the behavioral sciences includes work for the Department of Education of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La, where he served as a member of a team that evaluated primary and secondary school children and made recommendations for placement in special classes for the talented and gifted, or for those with learning disabilities or mental handicaps.

His wife, Gustavia LaCarna, RN, and he have operated their business LaCarna Health Care Consultants, Inc. in Baton Rouge, since l988, primarily working with group homes for the developmentally disabled.

Mr. LaCarna has developed numerous research and demonstration grants in various areas of the behavioral sciences, and has had professional articles published. Through the years, he has also published various fictional and non-fictional pieces in newspapers and magazines. He has been interested in mnemonics throughout his career. As a psychology student at LSU in the l960's, he designed and conducted a study of the effects of a linking technique on retention and found significant positive results. This is basically the technique utilized in Build Your Vocabulary Skills!


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John LaCarna holds a Master of Social Work degree, and a BA in psychology with a minor in journalism, both from Louisiana State University, and is licensed as a social worker in Louisiana. He is a member of Mensa.

His varied experiences in the behavioral science includes work for the Department of Education of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, where he served as a member of a team that evaluated primary and secondary school children and made recommendations for placement in special classes for the talented and gifted, or for those with learning disabilities or mental handicaps.

LaCarna was a family court probation officer for over four years, and served as Chief Clinical Social Worker for the Louisiana State Forensic Unit (facility for the criminally insane). He worked in the State program inspecting nursing homes and facilities for the mentally handicapped for over eight years.

His wife, Gustavia LaCarna, RN, and he operated their health care consultant business in Baton Rouge for many years, primarily working with group homes for the developmentally disabled.

LaCarna has developed numerous research and demonstration grants in various areas of the behavioral sciences, and has had professional articles published. Through the years, he has also published various fictional and non-fictional pieces in newspapers and magazines. He has been interested in mnemonics throughout his career. As a psychology student at LSU in the 1960's, he designed and conducted a study of the effects of a linking technique on retention and found significant positive results. This is basically the technique utilized in Build Your Vocabulary Skills!

Now retired from social work, LaCarna devotes his time to creative writing.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By candace richard on January 27, 2001
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This book delivers exactly what its title promised. A "quick and easy way to learn new words." I'm absolutely amazed at how well this works. Why hasn't anyone come out with this before? It makes learning words fun; and that is one of the most important things about this book. Since it teaches 1413 words, it can be used like a dictionary, but one that not only teaches you the meaning of the words but how to remember them. I'm adding bunches of words to my vocabulary everyday without making any real effort. No matter what other vocabulary books you use, you should use this one too, because it teaches you how to REMEMBER the words to begin with. It gets down to the nitty-gritty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2014
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This is an amazing idea. It would've been much better if the words were categorized by theme instead of alphabetical order because it seems arbitrary that way, but I think it's worth the money.

The other issue is that it doesn't say if the word is a verb or noun so you don't know how you should use the word...

Take the word abase... is it a verb or noun?

Should you say:

"He abased him"

or

"His words were abase."

Can you say "abasing"?

?

The problem is you won't know how to use the word, although you might understand the general idea of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By emma lee hazen on January 18, 2002
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Its not too often that you fine something that lets you learn one word after another like a machine, bang! bang! bang! and remember them. I do not understand why tricks like this are not taught in school. They make learning new words easy and fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rahsaan M. Despanie on January 15, 2002
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I am really impressed of the system Mr. Lacarna implements in this book. With no doubt, Build Your Vocabulary Skills!..., calls for people to not only famailarize with its content, but to have it as an on-hand tool on their bookshelves. I have used other vocabulary help books in the past, however, the neumonic system that is used in this works more logically than any of them. It proceeds step by step to the "word" to "key" to "the length sentences" to the "definitons". I am a graduate student that emphatically recommends this book to anyone: high school students, college students, business professionals, whoever wants to enhance their vocabulary for self-improvement or for scholastic tests.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harsha on January 14, 2011
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This is a great book. But the navigation part ruins the whole experience.

Dear publisher, Please add TABLE OF CONTENT.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2012
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It really helps on my Vocabulary, i appreciate this book, it would be more better if this book contain easy example using original wordBuild Your Vocabulary Skills! A Quick and Easy Method
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ptspoon on May 13, 2013
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although they try to sell you a different or better way to build vocab. i found the method a bit annoying very soon and stop reading it. didn't work very well with me anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By linda on January 30, 2013
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I just finished reading Improve English Fast And Get What You Want In Life (Improve English For A Better Life) and got several great tips to use in my English learning-- memorization techniques included. I decided to focus on that and search for more information on specific memorization techniques that I could use to improve my vocabulary. I came across this book and I'm very satisfied with it.

The book helps you to efficiently work on your vocabulary skills with the use of Mnemonics. If it's your first time to hear this word, do not panic! It's not as hard as it sounds. The book focuses on the "key", the "link sentence", and then the meaning. You have to find out for yourself what those are because they are the essence of the book.

You will also find prepared words with prepared "keys" and "link sentences" to get you started on filling your vocabulary bank. So far, I've memorized about 30, and I won't stop there since the book has made it easy for me. It will do the same for you too!
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