PowerScore's Vocabulary Study Guide

Once you print the PowerScore Repeat Offenders flash cards, spend a few minutes looking through each deck. If you know the definition of a word, remove the corresponding flash card. There is no point in studying that which you already know. Included in each deck is a card with a word index. You can place a checkmark next to all of the words that you have mastered.

Studying vocabulary in multiple ways increases your retention of the definitions. Try these other study methods as you work through the flash cards:

1. Write out the words and their definitions.
There is a reason that your teachers have made you define hundreds of vocabulary words throughout your academic career. Transferring words and their definitions to paper helps transfer the information into your long-term memory.
2. Write new sentences for each word.
Similarly, using a word in context helps cement its meaning. Create a new sentence using each word that you are trying to master. Or, even better, write a short story that includes 20 or 30 vocabulary words in context.
3. Draw a picture representing the word.
Pictures create connections to the definitions. On each card, sketch a scene that helps you remember a word. For example, on the inundate card, draw a dam breaking and the ensuing flood. This will help you remember the word should you encounter it on the SAT.
4. Read the word aloud and say it in a sentence.
Some students learn best by hearing information rather than by seeing it. You can even recruit a parent or friend to read the card to you. If you find this learning style suits you, consider recording the definitions for later playback.
5. Type the words and definitions.
Type all the Repeat Offenders into a word processing document or spreadsheet. Then try to define them without looking at the definitions. You can also sort them by alphabetical order.
6. Analyze the roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
Can you find words that have the same suffix? If so, do they mean the same thing in both words? For example, consider the word cacophony. The root of the word is “phon,” as in symphony, telephone, and phonics. Underline this portion of the word so that you remember that word involves “sound.” Learning to associate words with related words can help you solve even the toughest test questions.
7. Group words by meaning.
Many SAT words have similar definitions. For example, pedantic, pedagogical, and didactic all have similar meanings. Grouping them in their own pile will help you associate “educational” with all of the words in the group. You can also write each group on paper with it’s shared definition.
8. Have someone quiz you.
Each of the cards has an image of a blank target on the front of the card. Once you can define a word correctly, place a checkmark in the target to indicate mastery.