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Research has shown that most people need to see a new word eight times in order to recall it with a fair amount of accuracy.

 

You could absolutely get those impressions by flipping through flashcards, spending a king's ransom on tutors, or drowning in study guides. 

The problem is, we often fight those conventional learning methods.

In my opinion, that's because our brains have been hardwired — throughout our lives, and those of our ancestors — to acquire language incidentally, preferably through stories.

 

Think about the thousands of words you know. You weren't flipping flashcards in the crib. You simply heard the words over and over, living with them, hearing them in the stories of life. 

Here's another way to think about it: we all know immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language. That's because your brain loves repeated, incidental contact with new words. With Vocabbett, we simply apply those techniques to your native tongue. 

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Since we can't all move to a country where people speak in SAT jargon, the next best way to repeatedly encounter new words is through reading. 

In fact, reading has been described as one of the most "pleasurable" and "attractive" ways to expand one's linguistic abilities (which also include writing skills).

Furthermore, contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to read snooty articles to learn something.

One influential study stated that,"Whether the medium is graphic novels, teen romances, the sports page, or literature, it is the act of reading itself that is the key to linguistic improvement."

BUTTTT...There's a big flaw here. 

 

Entertaining books can teach you new words, but they don't often have that many to teach you

 

With Vocabbett, my goal is to engineer a vocabulary-expansion program you brain actually enjoys by utilizing stories  stories rich in vocabulary words to help improve your odds on the SAT!

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Another great way to consume stories is to hear them.

The act of listening engages another sense, and there is abundant evidence that multi-sensory training is "more effective for learning."

 

Not only that, but multi-sensory learning can "dramatically improve language skills and academic outcomes" for students with learning differences. 

That's why I'm aiming to (very soon!) make all Vocabbett stories available in audio format. 

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Everyone is different, of course, but studies indicate that most people need to encounter a word "six" to"eight times or more" for "sizable learning gains."

Where you get those impressions is completely up to you!

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