SAT Vocab

Whether preparing for the SAT or just interested in increasing your vocabulary, here's an app that will provide succor to learners desirous of obviating the anxiety associated with the study of esoteric language.

9th - 12th English Language Arts 9 Views 3 Downloads
App Overview

Getting Started:

  1. Begin by creating an account through Facebook or personal e-mail
  2. Accounts can be created for teachers or students
  3. Select a deck of flashcards to begin
  4. Users can begin the deck, choose the study option, or browse through the deck
  5. To begin, tap the Cards button
  6. Examine the word, provide a definition, tap to see the answer, and use a one-to-five rating scale to indicate how well you know the word
  7. Words with a rating of less than five will reappear in the deck
  8. The second part of the deck asks users read the definition and then name the word

Other considerations:

  • Each deck contains 200 flashcards
  • Decks are arranged from easiest to hardest
  • User must completely finish a deck before they can proceed to another
  • Cards can be bookmarked for later study
  • The Leaderboard tab permits users to compare their performance with others

 

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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task

    Vocabulary acquisition is the only focus of the app

  • Worth the money

    The confidence-based repetition technique lets the user decide when to progress

  • Fun factor

    Requires a highly motivated user

  • Scaffolding of learning

    The context sentences provide some support

  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
    Novice
Instructional Ideas

  • For in-class drill, have pairs use the app, taking turns pronouncing the word and offering the definition
Classroom Considerations

  • The app is pricey
  • Users must sign in through Facebook or a personal e-mail 
  • A deck must be completely mastered before users can advance to another
  • The app is self-reporting so users can tap the 5 button whether or not they have mastered the meaning of the word
Pros

  • The app can be programmed to send study reminders
  • Includes more than 1,300 flashcards
  • New decks can be added
  • Synonyms and a pronunciation guide are provided for each word
  • A context sentence is also provided
  • The app is based on the technique of confidence-based repetition
Cons

  • Users cannot progress until all words in the deck are mastered