Archive for June 2012

Easy to save ...

ProfessorWord makes it easy to learn new words while you surf the web. Getting started is equally easy.

If you're a visual person - like me! - the easiest way (notice a theme, here?) to learn how to save our free bookmarklet is by watching one of our 1-minute Save Videos on YouTube.

Links to the videos are available below. Just select your browser to get started!

If you're not into videos, try the step-by-step instructions with screenshots on our Getting Started page.

Visit ProfessorWord on YouTube!

If the old adage - "A picture is worth a thousand words" - is true, then a video must be worth a dissertation.

Visit our YouTube channel for videos on how to save and use our free bookmarklet to get definitions with just a click. And make sure to subscribe so that you don't miss out on upcoming videos about new features, study tips, and more!

Intrigued? Check out our intro video below!


Improve your vocab, improve your life ...

In my last blog post, I shared some of my lessons learned from prepping for the SAT. But to be clear, I am certainly NOT suggesting that the only reason to improve your vocabulary is to ace a test.

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Like it or not, the world judges you based on what you say and how you say it. Building a strong vocabulary will help you achieve greater success no matter where you are in your career.

Johnson O'Connor, an American psychometrician, researcher, and educator, studied the impact of vocabulary on people's lives for over 20 years and concluded that:

What I learned from taking the SAT ...

Studying for standardized exams is not fun. I can attest to that!

I've taken my fair share of exams through the years: the SAT, the GRE - twice!, and most recently, the GMAT. And as a former SAT tutor, I've also watched many students go through the process.

Looking back now, there were many valuable lessons learned – which I will share on this blog in the coming months - but the most important takeaway was simply this:

At the end of the day, only YOU know what works best for you.

The Inspiration for ProfessorWord

By the time I was ten years old, I spoke English better than my immigrant parents did. Every night, as they diligently perused Time, Newsweek, or Reader's Digest in an effort to improve their English, they would stop periodically to ask me for the definitions of the new words they encountered.

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Over the years, I've tried to modernize their approach to learning new words. Although they read online now, they still don't use online dictionaries ("I don't want to leave the page I'm on!") or save their words so they'll remember them ("Takes too long to type them up!").