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This past Thursday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the results of vocabulary questions from the 2009 and 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test, which included questions on word meaning for the first time. Continue reading...
At Vocabulary.com, we get a consistent message from our users. They're "addicted" to the Vocabulary.com Challenge. Recently, we took a look at the best-selling book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg to try to understand why. Continue reading...
Learning specialist Dr. Blythe Grossberg, Psy.D. is a founding partner of Themba Tutors, a joint practice of professionals, and works personally with students who have ADD, language processing disorders, Asperger’s, dyslexia, and math disorders. Here she talks with Vocabulary.com about vocabulary acquisition and learning differences. Continue reading...
Any Olympian will tell you that showing up to for practice is step number one in going for the gold. Step number two? Working with the right coach, and that's where the Vocabulary.com Challenge makes such a difference in the way you learn. Continue reading...

What's Fun About Failure?

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When you play the Challenge, do you wince when you get a question wrong or let out a giant Homer Simpson-style "Doh!" Don’t. Because what’s happening when you get a question wrong may be just as important as what’s happening when you get one right. (See Can Forgetting Help You Learn?) In fact, frequent failure may be what makes playing games like the Challenge fun. Continue reading...
Does a recent study suggesting we remember better when we're interested in what we're remembering spell trouble for vocabulary learners who aren't all that interested in words as words? Not necessarily. Continue reading...
We already know playing the Challenge is the fastest and most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary. But can it make you smarter as well? Continue reading...
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