SAT Preparation: Why to Bring Vocab Videos into the Classroom (ATTN TEACHERS!)
Vocab Videos is a revolutionary new system bringing vocabulary to life and getting students engaged in the learning process. Educators, we encourage you to get in on the action!
As you know, the college admissions process—that time of year where students are busy prepping for the SAT, preparing their college applications, and trying to manage their school workload—can be overwhelming for students (along with teachers and guidance counsellors!). Incorporating Vocab Videos into your classrooms will benefit your students by improving their vocabulary, and in turn their academic performance, and by giving them in-school time to learn the words that they will need to know for the SAT and ACT.
Here are a few reasons why Vocab Videos is right for the classroom:
Keeping students engaged in the classroom can undoubtedly be a struggle. Vocab Videos gets students excited about learning! Hilarious short videos illustrate the meanings of 500 of the most frequently tested SAT words making them easy for students to learn and remember. With humorous plotlines and engaging characters, integrating Vocab Videos into English classes is a fun and effective way to change up a monotonous vocabulary lesson, and teach students the vocabulary they’ll need to know for standardized tests and high-school English exams. Whether using Vocab Videos as a starter exercise to get students motivated to learn, watching an episode on your SmartBoard as a class, or assigning a chapter as a homework assignment for students to make use of their personal accounts, there is no wrong way to bring Vocab Videos into your classroom.
Vocab Videos is extremely valuable for students. About 1/3 of the SAT reading section is made up of questions that are explicitly vocabulary-dependent—questions that are potentially worth 150 points in all. Students will likely be involved in varying degrees of SAT prep outside of the classroom, but Vocab Videos offers you a way to work test preparation into your everyday vocabulary lessons. And standardized tests aside, an increased vocabulary thoroughly improves literacy, making students better readers, writers and interpreters of information. So getting your students familiar with these words will not only help them write better papers, but could very well help them get into the colleges of their choice.
•Extensive Study Material
Watching a video once isn’t enough to remember it forever, so our extensive review material is an essential part of the Vocab Videos study program. After students have watched the videos, the quizzes at the end of each unit allow them to reinforce what they’ve seen, and SAT style questions prepare students for what they’ll encounter on standardized tests. An alphabetical glossary for organizational purposes helps teachers and students keep track of words they’ve mastered, and gives students the option to review definitions without re-watching the videos. Category lists group words by common themes to give students a fuller grasp of the words’ meanings. Additional worksheets list words and provide space for students to write their own sentences. Getting students involved in the learning process will give them a more complete understanding of the vocabulary. They will be better able to recognize and comprehend the words even within an unfamiliar context as they might appear on the SAT, ACT or in a reading assignment.
Vocab Videos provides educators an opportunity to incorporate technology into the classroom. Living in a new-media world, you have the potential to enhance age-old teaching techniques with innovative tools that will enrich lessons and benefit students. Students love watching and sharing videos; the YouTube phenomenon is proof positive that online video is a powerful communication medium. Implementing video in the classroom will get students engaged and excited about learning. Students in today’s technology-driven world learn from a variety of mediums beyond the printed word. Vocab Videos not only improves literacy in a real sense by teaching students vocabulary, but also helps them become familiar with “reading” video and gathering information from different sources of media.