In a post on the blog PsychCentral ("Try Some Vocabulary for Breakfast"), SAT tutor and counselor Leigh Cousins, MS describes her summer campaign "to get [her] students AND their parents" to play Vocabulary.com every morning as they eat breakfast. She writes:
Vocabulary development is not just for school, not just for the SAT and ACT, not just for students. It’s a terrific way to promote brain health by staying mentally active. Plus, vocabulary study helps people of every age to stay connected to literature, science and current events, because the more words you know, the easier and more enjoyable reading is. Vocab study ought to be a lifelong habit!
She goes on to suggest playing Vocabulary.com as a way to make vocabulary study "easy and fun," while gaining practice with the varied question formats you'll see on the SAT.
The assortment of word presentations on Vocabulary.com is great practice for the variety of questions found on the SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE and other standardized tests making it an ideal tool for high school and college students. This format also improves recall and helps rehearse critical reading skills.
Meanwhile, linking your morning ritual with vocabulary learning will lock in word learning as a hard-to-break habit. That's where breakfast comes into play.
The best way to make any habit stick is to perform the new habit side-by-side with a well-established routine, such as eating breakfast. Pour your Cheerios, then click on Vocab.com and learn those ten new words as you chomp; in 20-40 days the vocab habit should “stick.”
We couldn't have said it better ourselves!
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