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Post by Magic Fu on February 21, 2017

Hi, Professor Hendershot, I am currently a high school sophomore and English is my second language. So, did you have any suggestions for me to improve my SAT vocabs? Thank you very much!

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Post by Shivani Tuli on November 16, 2015

Hi are these many words enough to get a 750 range of score on CR

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Post by Peter Ke on October 4, 2015

Are the vocabulary your teaching in this course, will MOST likely show up in SAT?

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Post by sally johnson on June 5, 2014

i wanted to ask about what type of books to start reading to advance my vocab and get me a really high score on SAT and PSAT. i am intrested in dramas and like suspense.And im a sucker for love stories. Don't like scary stories with goblin, witches and ghost so please, no harry potter or hobbit.i am a sophmore going into to junior year this fall.  its summer time and im trying to read about 4-5 books a month so if you can please list some books that would be great.

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Last reply by: thomas jian
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:50 AM

Post by thomas jian on December 20, 2013

i am a grade 10 student.what novel do you suggest me to read?

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Last reply by: Luvivia Chang
Tue May 26, 2015 8:34 AM

Post by Tim Zhang on November 19, 2013

love your enthusiasm devout into this course, and may I have a little suggestion?- could you talk a little slower, it is too fast...

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:58 PM

Post by HARRISON IGWE on August 28, 2013

hi its still amarachi.but isn't it possible for me to do premedical in  johns Hopkins university or do biochemistry in the school before i go into medicine properly

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Mon Jul 8, 2013 6:31 PM

Post by osias souza on July 6, 2013

Professor Hendershot!! how are you doing?! well, everytime when I try to read something above my vocabulary, for example like my game of thrones collection books, they are written in "old english", it's difficult sometimes because this... so when I try to avoid those books I rear your voice spite in my ears (frank sinatra) "you are improving your vocabulary little fool! keep reading those book!", my motivation automatically increase, works like a charm!

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Post by Jesus Bernal on April 5, 2013

Love her! :)

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:38 PM

Post by Rajendran Rajaram on February 26, 2013

can i get a perfect score on the sat by learning all of your vocabs.

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Last reply by: Lauren Singer
Mon Jun 3, 2013 9:23 PM

Post by Arthur Bookstein on February 17, 2013

this woman is awesome. nuff said

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 1

  • erroneous
    • (adj) containing or characterized by error : mistaken.
    • Connected to errorsand errant
    • Your report on wolverines was full of erroneousinformation; these relatives of the weasel do not actually sprout metal claws from their hands like the superhero.
  • prudent
    • (adj) wisely careful; showing good judgment.
    • Connected to prudenceand prude
    • It was a prudentdecision to carry jumper cables in the trunk of your car; when your battery died, you were able to get a jump-start.
  • frivolous
    • (adj) of little weight or importance
    • b : having no sound basis (as in fact or law)
    • Connected to frivolity
    • The frivolouslawsuit demanded a million dollars from a coffee shop after a customer spilled hot coffee on himself.
  • indignation
    • (n) strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting or biased.
    • Connected to indignantand dignity
    • He was indignant at the suggestion that he had taken bribes, and told anyone who would listen how honest he was and what a grave insult the accusation was.
  • credulous
    • (adj) ready to believe, especially on slight or uncertain evidence
    • Connected to incredulousand credulity
    • The credulousPirates of Penzance believed the Major-General was an orphan just because he said so!
  • longevity
    • (n) long life; length of life.
    • Tortoises are well-known for their longevity; some have lived to be more than 200 years old.
  • misconceive
    • (v) to interpret wrongly; misunderstand
    • Connected to misconception
    • The common misconception that cats always land on their feet can easily be disproved by anyone who’s ever seen my cat tumble off the couch.
  • context
    • (n) the parts before and after a statement that can influence its meaning.
    • Connected to subtext
    • In the contextof a conversation about baseball, it doesn’t make any sense to start talking about touchdowns.
  • forebode
    • (v) to predict, warn, forecast, foresee (especially something bad).
    • Connected to foreboding
    • We had a feeling of foreboding as we watched the black thunderclouds roll in over our cabin with its leaky roof.
  • predilection
    • (n) a partiality; preference.
    • Connected to diligent
    • My cousin has a predilectionfor telling tall tales; he’s always trying to convince somebody that he once caught a twenty-foot-long trout.
  • Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 1

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:09
  • Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary 0:38
    • Read!
    • Listen!
    • Talk!
  • Erroneous 3:12
  • Prudent 4:03
  • Frivolous 4:49
  • Indignation 5:40
  • Credulous 6:27
  • Longevity 8:15
  • Misconceive 8:38
  • Context 9:15
  • Forebode 10:16
  • Predilection 10:51