New York, New York (PRWEB) June 01, 2012
When it comes to getting better SAT scores, vocabulary knowledge is disproportionately important. Vocabulary-related questions make up over 1/3rd of all questions on the much-feared Critical Reading portion of the SAT, which tests students on their verbal comprehension and aptitude. For those students who take their test prep studies seriously, vocabulary improvement is usually attained through studying traditional flashcards and word lists. One test prep expert urges students to stop wasting their time using these outdated methods, and to start using their brains' natural tendencies to improve their retention. Renowned SAT and ACT guru Anthony-James Green's website, Test Prep Authority, has just released a free guide for students and their parents to help them learn proper vocabulary retention methods and start making the best use of their limited study time.
"The human brain is absolutely terrible at memorizing text," says Green regarding flashcard and word list studying. "Studies estimate that people forget about 80-90% of what they read within the first few minutes after they're finished reading. That means that if a student spends ten hours trying to improve his or her SAT vocabulary using regular flashcards, he/she is only getting one or two hours of effect - that's pitiful. Considering the technology that we have available and the lessons we've been learning about the functioning of the brain, I'm blown away that no one has made more effective study methods available. Test Prep Authority's guide is meant to give people a quick yet comprehensive look into the best possible vocabulary memorization techniques, and I'm giving it away for free to give more students the chance to learn properly."
Students and parents who want a free crash-course on how to rapidly improve their sat vocabularies can do so using the following three-part series, which includes a free download of the 1,000 most common SAT vocabulary words:
"The basic lessons of this series are simple. Firstly, there are thousands upon thousands of SAT words that any student COULD study, but there are only about 1,000 words that he or she SHOULD study. Students need to give priority to the words that show up on this test most often - otherwise, they're wasting their time.
Secondly, students need to understand how to employ mnemonic devices. The brain best remembers things that are in story form, that draw associations from past knowledge, that engage as many of the senses as possible, and that are unique and unexpected. Once students understand how to create devices that engage the brain on all these different levels, their SAT vocab is going to explode.
Finally, students need a way of properly reviewing the words that they learn. Usually, these words go in one ear and out the other. Once they're aware of how their memories work, specifically in the language retention area, they'll be more efficient when they study and pick up words more quickly."
Green hopes that his free guide will allow students to improve their SAT Critical Reading scores, which have been plummeting on a nationwide level for years.
This free vocabulary guide is part of Test Prep Authority's larger mission to provide as much free SAT and ACT practice and content as possible to the millions of students who take these exams each year. Students and parents who visit Test Prep Authority can exchange their email addresses for free membership to the site's "Test Prep Method," a series of lesson plans which guide the user through the entire test prep process step-by-step.
Test Prep Authority was founded and is currently run by Anthony-James Green, widely considered to be the best SAT tutor in New York. Anthony is the author of The Perfect 12 Manual for the SAT Essay, Own the SAT, How to Take a Standardized Test, and is the creator of Every College Question Answered and Vivid Vocab, an SAT Vocabulary learning software.
Green resides in downtown Manhattan, where he works on Test Prep Authority full time when not working with his personal clients.