Hi, i have the book and i was just wondering. Does anyone even read the examples that direct hits provides for each word? or do you simply go over the fast review pages? I find reading the examples very time consuming and memorizing the vocab on the reference pages much more efficient.
I think reading the examples helped me memorize the words better because they gave the word a good context. I memorized both direct hits in two days a bit back and I can still recall the examples of many words. Sometimes when I come across a word that appeared in Direct Hits that eludes me, I can often think of the definition of the word because i remember how the word was used in the example.
There are two volumes. One is called "Core Vocabulary" and the other is "Toughest Vocabulary". Start with "Core" as these are the words that appear with the greatest frequency.
The Third Edition (if you can find it) is better than the Fourth Edition.
I started out reading all the examples. They are cute, but it didn't really help me memorize them. I just studied off of the quick review and if I wanted a more detailed definition I went back and read them.
I find the examples time consuming so I just look over the words. I don't know where half of the examples come from either, so there is no point in reading them (for me at least). I have no trouble memorizing one chapter of Direct Hits a day. The only thing that gives me a tough time is memorizing a list of words that are in alphabetic order.
So yeah, the examples seem to help a lot of people but personally, I think they are a waste of time.