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Direct Hits

abdul0393abdul0393 Posts: 73Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2009 in SAT Preparation
Hey guys, I will be taking the January SAT. This is my first time and I was just wondering whether Direct Hits Core Vocabulary or Direct Hits Toughest Vocabulary would be more useful to learn the vocabulary on the SAT. (more hits)

Thanks
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  • nguyenminhhieuhnguyenminhhieuh Posts: 284Registered User Junior Member
    You'd be better off learning ALL the words from these two lists b/c they are equally important. While one helps you decide quickly on the easy, and medium questions, the other enables you to conquer harder, even the hardest question. Isn't that a big deal? Def :D.
    I think that several hundreds is not a very big number, given there are still round 20 days away to the Dec Test. But you must get prepared from now. I suggest learning 30 words a day.
  • FlibbFlibb Posts: 1,044Registered User Senior Member
    DK'S best combo: PR, RR AND DH!
  • nguyenminhhieuhnguyenminhhieuh Posts: 284Registered User Junior Member
    Flibb, couldn't agree with you more ^^
  • abdul0393abdul0393 Posts: 73Registered User Junior Member
    anyone else with tips on best lists for the SAT vocab and which DH is better?
  • lolilaughedlolilaughed Posts: 1,130Registered User Senior Member
    Just buy both; I don't think any which one is better than the other.
  • skillzmrskillzmr Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    i ordered both DH books last week and i will receive them this Friday,(15 days before I take the December SAT)
    my vocab is not too bright
    will I have ample time to get all the amount of words stuck in my head?
  • ArachnotronArachnotron Posts: 1,761Registered User Senior Member
    I just got DH (vol 1) today and have memorized every word. And my memory sucks. I think you'll have time, skillsmr.
  • skillzmrskillzmr Posts: 27Registered User New Member
  • skillzmrskillzmr Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    by the way how many words does vol 1 have??
    and how many words in the other book?
  • anhtimmyanhtimmy Posts: 3,256Registered User Senior Member
    Direct Hits is divided into two volumes
    Volume 1 has 190 words. contains the core words, prefix words, and some other
    Volume 2 has 176 words. (Passage words, multi-definition words, words pertaining to subject areas like science social studies etc, and two "toughest" word sections)

    I don't have my books on me, but if you were to only buy one, I'd go for the second book.
  • rockerguyasjrockerguyasj Posts: 561Registered User Member
    you can also try using FreeRice. It tests you on vocabulary and every time you identify the correct definition; they donate 20 grains of rice to the world food bank. It's a great cause and it helped me a lot on the CR section!
  • llpitchllpitch Posts: 4,318Registered User Senior Member
    lol you memorized every word in one night? Hopefully you keep reviewing every day or you're gonna forget most of those.
  • nguyenminhhieuhnguyenminhhieuh Posts: 284Registered User Junior Member
    Personally I suppose that LEARNING new vocabulary is not one of memorization only; you have to master the words as well. I LEARNT about 1500 words in about 2.5 months, using Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary and some word lists. I didn't have to memorise/cram that much though, just letting the words "flow" into my head.
    Just want to share my OWN experience. Well, I picked up 10 random words from a list at a time, looked up the definitions and EXAMPLES in both the list and the dictionary (sometimes there are sharp differences between their explanations) and then tried to adopt it to my writing/ speaking, whatever. When going through about 100 words, I moved on to revising the 100 words preceding these words, not these words themshelves. If there were any word that I was not sure of, or completely unfamiliar with, I used flashcards (my hand-made one, of course :) ) Repeated this process until I could tell the meaning of a random word with confidence.

    Hope this helps :D
  • anhtimmyanhtimmy Posts: 3,256Registered User Senior Member
    Lol, "learnt" is british.
    you'll rarely find it in american text.

    I use DH because i enjoy reading the little anecdotes in there :]
  • ArachnotronArachnotron Posts: 1,761Registered User Senior Member
    I found them easy to memorize because I knew 95% of them already :P
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