Learn SAT/ACT vocab with just 3 post-its

This post isn't a joke. Take out 3 post-it notes. Write the following three words on them, one per post-it.

  • Defenestrate
  • Elucidate
  • Egress

Now take the post-its and stick them around your room:

  • Defenestrate goes onto your window.
  • Elucidate goes onto your lamp.
  • Egress goes onto your door.

In case you're wondering whether or not I've gone crazy, I promise you that I haven't! Here's why:

SAT/ACT Vocabulary with Post-Its
  • Defenestrate means to throw someone or something out of a window. It's often used in reference to throwing politicians out of office - so imagine elected officials being forced to climb out their windows to flee the protesters storming the building.

  • Elucidate means to shed light on something, to make things more clear - just like how your lamp makes things in your room more clear.

  • Egress can be used as both a verb or a noun - either an exit or to exit - just like how your door is an egress (n) to your room and you can egress (v) your room through the door.

So leave the post-its up for the next week or so. Every time you see it, your brain will be triggered to remember these associations and you'll learn the words in a snap.

Try it out with other words!

  • Stick disseminate on your phone - after all, it's probably the main device you use to share and spread info.

  • Stick percolate on your coffee-maker - people often talk about letting thoughts percolate in their brain the way that coffee grinds are left to soak and stew a bit to make a more delicious brew.

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