- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing; 0005- edition (September 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936551136
- ISBN-13: 978-1936551132
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT 5th Edition (2013) (Volume 1) 0005- Edition
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Direct Hits Core Vocabulary focuses on high school vocabulary found in the classroom and on a variety of standardized tests. This book targets words students need to know in order to be successful on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP Exams.
Chapters include Rhetorical and Literary Devices, Art and Literature in Context, and Pop Words. Chapters not only feature vivid vocabulary, but also helpful tips and common roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
"For any teacher looking for new ways to incorporate vocabulary in the classroom, Direct Hits Core Vocabulary is an invaluable tool. Students will enjoy the books so much they will forget they are learning vocabulary!" Aaron Watson,Former President for Atlanta Board of Education
"I am an Orton-Gillingham reading tutor and SSAT tutor with over 15 years of experience. The Direct Hits Core Vocabulary book contains the "most common" vocabulary words that Middle School students need to learn. The in depth explanations of each word makes it manageable and fun for a student to learn." Martha Akers Shadle, Orton-Gillingham Reading Specialist
"Everything you could ask for to master core vocabulary for those in middle school. Direct Hits has been a boon to all my students." Frances Kweller, Founder and Director of Kweller Test Prep and Educational Services, Inc.
About the Author
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Direct Hits Publishing team is made up of educators including reading specialists, AP English teachers, and master tutors. Building on the success of the previous four editions, they take the SAT themselves and consult with other secondary school teachers, parents, and students from around the world to ensure that these words and illustrations are on target to prepare students for success on standardized tests.
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For anyone who is going to purchase this book I'd recommend using this method for memorising the words, as it worked perfectly with me. The method is to go through 5 words a day. However, each day you will go through the words that you went through in the past. For example, the first day you went through the first 5 words, the second day you will go through the first 10 words, on the third day you will go through the next 15 words, and so on. By time they might seem that there is a lot of words to go through, but trust me the words you already revised will be a piece of cake. Once the words are stuck in your head and you have started using them in your speaking or writing you can let go of the words and stop going over them when you want to review the next new 5 words.
Each paragraph with a word is constructed so brilliantly, that before you know it, you can name three synonymous rather than one. Like trite, banal, hackneyed. And then you learn even more words in the paragraph that they describe that word. Such as Paula Abdul's "banal comments on American Idol".
I 100% recommend Direct Hits. I'm finding it more helpful than flashcards, and that's a lot to say as I've been using flashcards all my life.
First, there are a lot of lists out there (I'm sure I've seen almost all of them), but the Direct Hits Family is the best. The list is based upon the actual SAT Test. The list is manageable. 1000 words, 3500 words, 5000 words?! Really? If you know that many words you need to work for Merriam-Webster. Time would be better spent reading. It is so well organized. The 5th edition shows welcome changes from the earlier editions. The explanations require less reading, sentences rather than passages. The Latin/Greek roots are interspersed throughout the books and connected with the relevant words. Direct Hits does a fantastic job in bring up previous words in new lessons; this serves as functional review. There are less sentence completion review exercises than in the earlier versions, but if you know how to use the blog posts it more than makes up for it.
Heck, if you're already in college but find the reading "soo hard" get both volumes and get educated son. It's not gonna get eazier.
In conclusion, I recommend Direct Hits for tutors, self-studying SAT students or anyone who wants to get a vocabulary foundation for college level. Remember, it is a start not a panacea, but it's probably the best start out there
I hate flash cards. I find that most students can spend an hour flipping through them and remember little more than they did before they began.
This book presents vocab words in a *memorable* way. Studies have proven, again and again, that the key to memorization is linking an item to another concept or meaning. The Baker-baker concept illustrates this by comparing the difficulty of remembering the *name* Baker with the ease of remembering that someone *is* a baker. This book provides anecdotes and allusions as well as synonyms and word roots, all intended to help link the vocab word to existing memories.
I've found that my students are learning more words with less time investment and less effort than ever before.
I usually just look up words' meanings but they don't stick in my mind because I need application and associations to effectively memorize them.
I think this book, although not solely, contributed in raising my CR score from around the low-mid 500's to a 600 on my following practice tests.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to expand their vocabulary and improve their score. It would be best to buy the Toughest Vocabulary book by the same publisher though.