English Vocabulary Made Easy for Everyone
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English Vocabulary Made Easy for Everyone

How 35 word-parts can help you learn 1000's of words in 30 days or less for success & high scores on tests (SAT, GRE)
4.2 (34 ratings)
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Created by Brian Vieira
Last updated 9/2016
English
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 48 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
Understand and use the most important prefixes and roots to grow your vocabulary quickly and systematically. 
Decode and understand complex vocabulary words like those used on the SAT and GRE
Will have developed an analytical approach to words which will increase their reading comprehension abilities
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Requirements
  • Students should have index cards, and a vocabulary notebook ready to take notes.
Description

Vocabulary is the key to success on the Verbal Reasoning and Critical Reading sections of every standardized test. If you are taking the SAT, GRE, ISEE, SHSAT, ELA or any other standardized test, you need to have a rich and varied vocabulary. You need to learn many words--and chances are that you need to learn those words quickly in an easy, effective manner that doesn’t overload your already “too busy” schedule. You need to learn more to score more in less time. Word Parts for Word Smarts is a simple way to learn thousands of complex words--fast!

Experts would agree (and the evidence is incontrovertible) that the fastest--and most effective--way to acquire a powerful vocabulary is by learning and applying word parts such as roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Word parts are the building blocks of words, and because English was built primarily on Latin and Greek foundations, hundreds of thousands of words in our language were constructed with Latin and Greek word parts. What’s shocking (and really good news for us all) is that most of the Latin and Greek derivatives come from just a few word parts. For example, five prefixes (Im, In, Dis, Re, Un) constitute nearly 57% of all English words with a prefix. It means, also, that the same Latin and Greek elements were used to create thousands of different words.

Here’s our Five Step Method for learning new words--fast!

Example word: INTRACTABLE: What does this word mean?

Sentence example: The conflict in the Middle East is intractable.

  1. Break the word into its parts:

In tract able

  1. Think of a simple word which contains the root and/or prefix and illustrates the meaning of that root or prefix. Learn the meanings of those parts from the word or words you have chosen.

Simple key words: Attract (contains ‘tract”) Incomplete (contains “In”)

  1. Learn the meaning of that word part or those word parts from the simple key words.

Since attract means to draw someone to you, and “at” means ‘to”, tract must mean “draw or pull.” Tract also means to “manage” or to “control.”

  1. Use your word parts knowledge to decode the complex word.

“In” means not, “tract” means to draw, pull,or manage, and “able” means capable.

Intractable means: not able to be managed. If a problem is “intractable,” it’s nearly impossible to solve.

  1. If the word was found in a sentence, substitute that meaning back into the sentence to see if it makes sense in the context of that sentence.

Course Outline:

The course is arranged as follows:

Section One is titled Prefix Smart.

In this section you will learn the meanings of the most valuable prefixes and the simple key or anchor words that will help you to remember them.

Section Two is titled Root Smart.

In this section, you will discover the meanings of the most productive roots and the simple key or anchor words that will help you to remember them.

Section Three is titled: Putting it all together: How to apply the Word Parts for Word Smart System.

In this section, you will use the prefix and root parts of simple key words to decode and to learn more complex words that share those parts.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for students who need to improve their grades in school and their scores on standardized tests like the SAT, SHSAT, GRE, ISEE, and ELA. This course can also be used by educators at home or in school to strengthen their students' knowledge of vocabulary and their reading comprehension abilities.
  • This course is NOT meant for students who want to learn vocabulary without putting in the required effort. Though our system makes vocabulary acquisition easier and more effective, it still requires time and effort from those who want to truly cultivate a richer vocabulary.
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In this video, you will be introduced to a very prolific prefix that can be used to make and analyze many words. Make sure that you write down the anchor word that will help you to remember what this powerful prefix means.

When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

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Practice this prefix.

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Practice this prefix.

Anti-social? Full of Antipathy towards others: Are you known by the prefix Anti?
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Practice this prefix.

Embrace the prefix "Em." You will be empowered.
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Review and learn more words that come from the prefix Em
00:04

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

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00:04

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

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Review and learn more words that come from the prefix Fore
00:08

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

Preview 04:35

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

Know whether someone is "imposing" on you by studying the prefix Im
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Practice this prefix.

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

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00:04

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

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Review and learn more words that come from the prefix Pro
00:04

In this video, you will be introduced to a very prolific prefix that can be used to make and analyze many words. Make sure that you write down the anchor word that will help you to remember what this powerful prefix means.

When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

The powerful prefix "Re" means "again, or back. Study it again and again.
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Review and learn more words that come from the Prefix Re
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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

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Semiconscious? The prefix "Semi" means half: so you're half awake.
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When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

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Review and learn more words that come from the prefix sub
00:04

In this video, you will be introduced to a very prolific prefix that can be used to make and analyze many words. Make sure that you write down the anchor word that will help you to remember what this powerful prefix means.

When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

You're not just proud, you're supercilious. The prefix "Super" means above.
03:18

Please look up these words and review the ones you already know. Then click on the link to practice and test your knowledge.

Review and learn more words that come from the prefix super
00:04

In this video, you will be introduced to a very prolific prefix that can be used to make and analyze many words. Make sure that you write down the anchor word that will help you to remember what this powerful prefix means.

When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

Learning vocabulary should transcend test taking. "Trans" means beyond.
03:37

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Review and learn more words that come from the prefix Trans and the root Scend
00:08

In this video, you will be introduced to a very prolific prefix that can be used to make and analyze many words. Make sure that you write down the anchor word that will help you to remember what this powerful prefix means.

When you are finished, click on this link to practice applying this prefix and learning words that contain this prefix:

Practice this prefix.

The hero was undaunted by his foes. Unlock the meaning of "undaunted" with "Un."
03:46

Use roots and prefixes to decode difficult words like Aberration.

Preview 04:41

Review and learn more words that come from the prefix Semi
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About the Instructor
Brian Vieira
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President of ScholarSkills Learning Center & English teacher

I am currently the President of ScholarSkills Learning Center in N.Y and the Principal of ScholarSkills Academy in Brooklyn New York. This is a state registered private school. I hold state certification to teach high school in New York State. I have been an educator for nearly twenty years. I currently teach and tutor students to prepare for them for the SAT, GRE, ELA and every other standardized test which requires verbal reasoning and critical reading. I am a graduate of Emory University, with a Masters Degree from Brooklyn College.