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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Most of the English teachers we know, including those who tutor for us, would agree that reading is one of the best ways to expand your vocabulary. The idea is simple: you encounter unfamiliar words when you read, and seeing them in context helps you learn their meanings organically.

If you’re a good student, you might take this one step further by maintaining a list of new vocabulary words as you spot them in assigned reading. But if you’re a great student, you’ll go even further and look up these words, jot down their definitions, and rotate them into your own speech and writing.

These kinds of vocab-building habits will not only strengthen your command of English and make you the most eloquent kid in the cafeteria; they’ll improve your scores on the verbal sections of standardized tests, such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT. With this in mind, tomorrow we’ll be launching our Tutor Tango Verbal Enrichment Tweet Series, in which we’ll link to online news articles that include words on the high frequency word list in Barron’s PSAT Guide (16th Edition) on a regular basis (every day or every other day). There are 300 words, so we'll be at it for a while!

Follow us on Twitter @TutorTango and--when the mood catches you--reply with your own original sentence to show off just how well you understand the latest word or words!