When using VerbaLearn, students learn more efficiently because they only work on words they don't know, eliminating the wasted time of studying old words and freeing up more of their packed schedules
Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 20, 2009
VerbaLearn launches from Beta status their free online courses that increase vocabulary and motivate students to score higher on standardized tests. The system can also be used to increase vocabulary for professional development, improve English language skills, and prevent memory loss.
With a free online VerbaLearn profile, users test their vocabulary to build a personalized list of the words they need to study. This word list is then reviewed, either online or offline, with any of VerbaLearns' tools. For example, users can listen to their words read aloud on their MP3 player.
The initial concept was spurred from co-founder Nathan Barr's efforts to study vocabulary for the GRE. Barr found himself flipping through flashcards in the evening, but wishing he could instead use the time during his daily commute or workouts. His solution: ''I recorded my voice reading the flashcards aloud. That way, I could listen to the same vocabulary flashcards while I drove to work or worked out at the gym, saving time and allowing me to learn more efficiently''.
Potter and Barr have greatly expanded the scope of the site since the initial concept. VerbaLearn currently offers students many tools, all of which are customized on-the-fly to the user's personal list of words.
- Print flashcards
- Print crossword puzzles
- Watch/download video flashcards
- Listen/download mp3 "audio cards"
- Fill-in-the-blank sentence examples
- Word recall exercises
"When using VerbaLearn, students learn more efficiently because they only work on words they don't know, eliminating the wasted time of studying old words and freeing up more of their packed schedules" says co-founder James Potter.
Parents can also keep their children motivated with cash rewards as they learn the vocabulary available at VerbaLearn.com.
The service, dubbed VerbaLearn2Earn, works like this: Parents sponsor their children per word in the free VerbaLearn course, students learn the words online, and for each word that the system determines they have "mastered," they will receive their cash incentive. Email updates also let parents follow their children's progress, so they can help keep them on track and be part of the studying process.
Students can remove the cash in increments of $10, which adds up quickly when they have been sponsored for 10¢/word or more. The cash is then electronically placed on a VerbaLearn Cash Card, similar to a prepaid gift, so that students are instantly rewarded for their efforts.
By the time a student finishes his or her vocabulary course, the student will have received 100% of the money each sponsor paid into the program - there are no fees taken by VerbaLearn and no strings attached.
VerbaLearn user Brianna says "My daughter is studying for the SATs, and it's been really hard to get her motivated. She WILL, however, listen to her iPod… endlessly. So, having her SAT vocab ready on her iPod is proving a great way to keep her working!"
VerbaLearn and the VerbaLearn2Earn service are the most recent development in the trend of customizing a curriculum in order to help students learn more efficiently and achieve more by staying motivated.
Co-founder Nathan Barr says "We've tried to meet the expectations of current high school students. They've grown up with iPods and YouTube, but yet the methods they use to learn are the same as when I was in school…and were probably even the same as for my grandparents. This brings studying vocabulary into the 21st century!"
The website has been accepting users in a Beta trial since the beginning of the year. The full launch of VerbaLearn coincides with the addition of premium features and the expansion from two to the current four programs available for each vocabulary course. Already the site has seen over 10,000 users grab up accounts solely through word-of-mouth.
For additional information on VerbaLearn's customized vocabulary or learning motivation services, visit VerbaLearn.com.
About VerbaLearn, Inc. - Incorporated in May 2008, VerbaLearn, Inc. offers both the VerbaLearn customized vocabulary programs and the VerbaLearn2Earn motivational service at VerbaLearn.com. All content provided on VerbaLearn.com has been compiled, developed, and reviewed by professional educators. The VerbaLearn and VerbaLearn2Earn services are patent pending.