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Good study guide for SAT Vocabulary
on March 31, 2012
"Direct Hits Toughest Vocabulary of the SAT 4th Edition" is a tool for anyone taking the SAT to help do well in vocabulary. It covers 210 of the SAT's most difficult words and breaks them down into a language that will help the student retain the information better. Each word has, besides the definition, examples of its use through movies and television shows that are popular, musical references including groups, historical events and headlines from the news. This book covers words from disciplines such as science, social science, and literature; words with multiple meanings; and words that are considered the toughest on the SAT.
What I really like about this book is that it isn't overwhelming. The size of the book itself is compact and could be easily taken anywhere. Anytime you can break down a word and show its use in a context that most highschoolers would understand is great! A great example of this is with the word "myriad"
MYRIAD: Many; numerous
In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," MYRIAD problems test Harry during his sixth year at Hogwarts.
It then continues to demonstrate what some of these challenges were and reuses the word MYRIAD in the final sentence.
The book also has a fast review with quick definitions towards the end and 35 practice questions at the end.
I think that students reading this book are more likely to remember these words due to the popular subjects that they are incorporated in. It makes these vocabulary words more relevant to their experiences in their lifetimes. It is also a good book to keep around for any person as a way to increase and improve their own vocabulary in their own lives.