Showing posts with label SAT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SAT. Show all posts

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Free Advanced Placement eBooks from Kaplan

For a limited time Kaplan is giving away 130 of its ebooks for free to users of iPads, iPhones, iPods, Nooks, and Sony eReaders. Included in the list of titles are books for most Advanced Placement courses including US History, Biology, Statistics, Calculus, and more. In the list of titles you will also find test prep books for the SAT, GRE, PSAT, GMAT, and other standardized tests. The books have to be download using one the the devices listed on the Kaplan Free eBooks page. This offer expires January 10th so don't wait to act.

H/T to Open Culture.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

5 Resources for Learning SAT Vocabulary

Today, all of the sophomores and juniors in my school are taking the PSAT. That got me thinking about some of the many resources designed to help students learn PSAT and SAT vocabulary that I've come across over the last few years. Here are five resources worth checking out.

Vocab Ahead is a great service offering hundreds of videos designed to help students learn SAT and ACT vocabulary words. Each video features a narrator pronouncing the word, reading the definition, and then reading a sentence or two using the vocabulary word. An animated drawing accompanies each sentence to illustrate the meaning of each word and sentence. You can watch the Vocab Ahead videos individually or in a continuous stream. All of the Vocab Ahead videos can be viewed directly on their website or you can embed the Vocab Ahead widget into your own blog or website.

Vocab Ahead also gives teachers the ability to create custom playlists of vocabulary videos. The playlists can be shared via email, a posted link on a blog, or by posting a vocabulary video widget on a blog or website.

Bubba Brain is a simple site packed with review games for students preparing for the SAT and AP exams. Bubba Brain also has some games for elementary and middle school subjects. The games all use the same format of giving a definition and asking students to find the word or term that it matches. Once a correct match is made, a new definition appears on the "back" of the answer to the previous definition.

Vocab Sushi is designed to help students prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and more. When you register for an account, Vocab Sushi will ask you which test you are preparing for. Based upon the test for which you're preparing, Vocab Sushi will give you a short (20 question) quiz to evaluate your current skills. Then based on your score, Vocab Sushi will generate a list of words for you to learn.

EduFire is a tutoring service offering live video lessons. EduFire charges for the video lessons, but they do have a good selection of flashcards that students can access for free. There are many decks of flashcards designed for SAT and other standardized test preparation. Students can also access flashcards designed for developing and practicing foreign language comprehension.

Flashcards, either online or physical, still seem to be one of the preferred methods of studying vocabulary words. Flashcard Flash is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search. Flashcard Flash searches twenty-two different flashcard services including Flashcard DB, Quizlet, and Study Stack all of which I've previously reviewed and found to be excellent services.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Word Stash - Dictionary and Vocabulary Study Tool

Word Stash is a free service that describes itself as "half vocabulary builder, half dictionary, and full awesome." Word Stash is pretty true to its self-description. At its most basic Word Stash is a dictionary that provides contextual examples to support the definitions offered. For many words, Word Stash provides an audio pronunciation.

The vocabulary builder aspect of Word Stash lies in the fact that users can create accounts in which they create and save lists of words to study. Users can create as many lists as they like and expand existing lists as they go. Word Stash provides short quizzes based on the words a user puts into a list. In creating the study quizzes, Word Stash uses a spaced repetition algorithm to present users with words based upon how often they answer correctly or incorrectly. To create a list of words users simply need to click "stash" anytime they view a word in the Word Stash dictionary. Users can also share lists and study other users' shared lists.

Word Stash offers a Firefox and Internet Explorer word search plugin to enable users to quickly find definitions whenever they're browsing the web.

Word Stash's creator David Lynam told me about his site via Twitter. The English Blog also has a review of Word Stash that you might be interested in reading

Applications for Education
Word Stash could be a good resource for students preparing to take the SAT this fall or next spring. Word Stash offers pre-made lists of SAT words that students can add to their accounts and study for free.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Bubba Brain - Review Games for SAT and AP Exams

Bubba Brain is a simple site packed with review games for students preparing for the SAT and AP exams. Bubba Brain also has some games for elementary and middle school subjects. The games all use the same format of giving a definition and asking students to find the word or term that it matches. Once a correct match is made, a new definition appears on the "back" of the answer to the previous definition.








Applications for Education
Bubba Brain isn't the fanciest game site you'll ever see but it does offer enough review games to keep students using it. It's probably not a site that you'll have students use in class, but it is a site that you might recommend to them to use at home to prepare for a standardized test.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
WeboWord - Vocabulary Visualized
Vocab Sushi - Fresh, Bitesize Vocabulary Practice

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vocab Ahead Adds Self-Assessment Quizzes

Vocab Ahead, formerly Word Ahead, announced a new study feature today. Now students can use the Vocab Ahead study rooms to take practice vocabulary quizzes. The quizzes provide instant feedback on each question as well as summary information at the end of the quiz. While taking the quiz if a student is stuck on an item he or she can click on the hint tab.

If you've never tried Vocab Ahead, it's definitely worthy of your time. Vocab Ahead offers video demonstrations of SAT vocabulary words. Teachers can create their own custom video playlists and place them into playlist widgets.

Applications for Education
The new self-assessment quizzes from Vocab Ahead could be helpful for students preparing for SATs. The videos can be helpful to students who learn better when they have a visual reference or clue for remembering information.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Examville - Practice the SAT Online

Examville is an online resource for preparing for standardized tests and for studying specific content areas. Examville features full-length practice tests of the SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. The tests are timed. Test takers receive their scores as soon as they finish the test.

Examville also gives users the opportunity to create study groups to study online with the help of classmates and teachers. Teachers and students can use the study guides uploaded to the site by others or upload their own study guides for others to use.

Below is a short video introduction to Examville.

Introduction to Examville from Examville on Vimeo.



Applications for Education
Examville is geared toward use by high school and college students preparing for standardized tests. The practice SAT is probably the most valuable resource for high school students using the site.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
EduFire Flashcards - SAT Prep and More
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
PrepHub - Collaborative Test Preparation

Sunday, March 29, 2009

BrainyFlix Vocab Contest - Voting Starts Tomorrow

BrainyFlix is a contest that asks students to create short videos demonstrating the meaning of SAT vocabulary words. All of the videos have been submitted and posted on the BrainyFlix website. Tomorrow, the voting begins on the BrainyFlix website. If you're looking for an educational online activity for your students, have them watch and vote on the vocabulary videos.

Applications for Education
Students across the country will soon be taking the SAT. Watching some BrainyFlix videos might not be a bad way for students to review vocabulary words.

A couple of related resources that may be on interest to you are:
EduFire SAT Flashcards
PrepHub - Collaborative Test Preparation

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

EduFire Flashcards - SAT Prep and More

EduFire is a tutoring service offering live video lessons. I didn't give EduFire much of a look in the past because it does charge students for the video lessons. I just took another look at EduFire and noticed that they do have a good selection of flashcards that students can access for free. There are many decks of flashcards designed for SAT and other standardized test preparation. Students can also access flashcards designed for developing and practicing foreign language comprehension.

Applications for Education
The EduFire flashcards, like most online flashcards, provide students with instant feedback by which they can gauge their knowledge of a subject. The SAT prep flashcards are worth sharing with students who are taking the SAT this spring.

Here are some related resources that might be of interest to you:
Flashcard Flash - Search Engine for Flashcards
Flashcard DB
Study Stack
Quizlet

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Prepare for the SAT - Enter the BrainyFlix Contest

Brainy Flix is holding a video creation contest designed to help students prepare for the SAT. This contest, sponsored in part by MIT's Alumni Association, asks students to make short videos that will help students remember the meanings of words from the SAT vocabulary list. The most popular video, chosen by voting that begins on March 1st, wins $600 for your school. To further encourage participation, one free iTunes download for every five videos submitted. The contest begins on January 1, 2009 and runs through February 23, 2009. You can see the full contest rules here. I've embedded a sample video below.



Applications for Education
The Brainy Flix SAT contest could be a fun way to get studentst to prepare for the SAT. If your students are too young to take the SAT, you can still enter the contest. The excercise of creating videos for the contest could be a good way to get students to learn new vocabularly words.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Free SAT Prep - Act Quickly

Brightstorm is a test prep and online tutoring company that normally charges $49 for students to take their online SAT prep course. Right now they are offering the course for free to the first 1,000 people to sign-up through Mashable. Visit Mashable for all of the details.

Embedded below is a video introduction to Brightstorm services.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Free Online Flashcards

Muchobeets is a new online flashcard service. On Muchobeets students can create their own customized "stack" of flashcards. For students preparing for a general exam like the SAT, Muchobeets has a good collection of publicly shared vocabulary flashcards. The Muchobeets service is very easy to use. If you want to make your own flashcards simply register with your email address and get started using the very intuitive flashcard creation template. No registration is required if you want to use the publicly shared stacks of flashcards.

Applications for Education
Creating and studying from flashcards has long been a favored way for students to memorize basic facts and vocabulary. Flashcards are useful for young students learning basic addition and subtraction and flashcards are useful for older students preparing for the SAT and other vocabulary intensive tests. Muchobeets can be used as part of lesson plan in which students create their own stack of flashcards in preparation for a test.

Friday, February 1, 2008

My College Quickstart- now available without an access code.

I just received an email from the College Board announcing that their online planning guide for students and parents is now available to all students regardless of whether or not they have taken the PSAT or SAT. This is new because the College Board for years has had online planning guides but they were only available to student who had taken a College Board test.


Application for Education
In addition to free planning guides for students and parents the College Board has added a new section of free resources for teachers and guidance counselors.