ProfessorWord

Getting Started Guide

New to ProfessorWord? You've come to the right place!

ProfessorWord: An easier way to learn new words!
Try it right now!
  • Click a word
  • Get its definition

We've even highlighted all the SAT/ACT vocab words for you!

Save our free bookmarklet to do this on any website.

1.

Save the free bookmarklet

Here are the instructions for your browser: .

Oops, sorry! ProfessorWord uses JavaScript. Please enable it in your browser, and then reload this page.

You should now see the ProfessorWord bookmarklet saved onto your Bookmarks Bar. That's it!

Make sure your Bookmarks Bar (located below the web address bar) is visible so you can see the saved bookmarklet.

To show it, press Ctrl-Shift-B

See for yourself! Check out the 1-minute video tutorial.

You should now see the ProfessorWord bookmarklet saved onto your Bookmarks Bar. That's it!

Make sure your Bookmarks Bar (located below the web address bar) is visible so you can see the saved bookmarklet.

To show it, press Shift-Command-B

See for yourself! Check out the 1-minute video tutorial.

Show images in the instructions below

Saving a bookmarklet to the iPad requires some ingenuity.

We think Method 1 is easier but some of you may be more familiar with Method 2.

Method 1:
Bookmark this page + Replace the URL with bookmarklet code

1. Make sure the Bookmarks Bar is visible

  • Go to Settings Settings and select Safari settingsSafari.
  • Turn Always Show Bookmarks BarAlways Show Bookmarks Bar ON.

2. Bookmark this page

3. Copy the bookmarklet code below

  • Hold the phone in landscape orientation.
  • Tap the text box below. The keyboard will show up.
  • Now tap and hold the text box until the Magnifying glassmagnifying glass appears.
  • Select AllSelect Allnext stepCopyCopy.

4. Edit the saved bookmark

  • Tap Safari bookmark buttonnext stepEditEditnext stepSelect Run ProfessorWord bookmarkletRun ProfessorWord !.

5. Replace the URL with bookmarklet code

  • Tap the URL (http://...). The keyboard will show up.
  • Tap and hold the URL (http://...) until the Magnifying glassmagnifying glass appears.
  • Choose Select AllSelect Allnext stepPastePaste
  • Tap out of the bookmarks window to save.

That's it!

Method 2:
Bookmark this page + Delete part of the URL

1. Make sure the Bookmarks Bar is visible

  • Go to Settings Settings and select Safari settingsSafari.
  • Turn Always Show Bookmarks BarAlways Show Bookmarks Bar ON.

2. Bookmark this page

3. Edit the saved bookmark

  • Hold the phone in landscape orientation.
  • Tap Safari bookmark buttonnext stepEditEditnext stepSelect Run ProfessorWord bookmarkletRun ProfessorWord !.

4. Delete part of the URL to keep only the bookmarklet code

  • Tap the URL (http://...). The keyboard will show up.
  • Tap and hold the URL (http://...) until the Magnifying glassmagnifying glass appears.
  • Drag the Magnifying glassmagnifying glass to the start of the URL. This takes 45-60 seconds because the URL is quite long.
  • Once you're at the start of the URL, tap the first few letters (http://) to SelectSelect.
  • Drag the bottom grab point Grab points to the right until you reach the word javascript. This will highlight all the text before the word javascript Highlight before javascript
  • Select CutCut to erase the highlighted text.
  • Your URL should now begin with Bookmarklet URL beginning with javascript
  • Tap out of the bookmarks window to save.

That's it!

See for yourself! Check out the video tutorial.

You should now see the ProfessorWord bookmarklet saved onto your Bookmarks Toolbar. That's it!

Make sure your Bookmarks Toolbar (located below the web address bar) is visible so you can see the saved bookmarklet.

To show it, right-click the empty space next to theFirefox tab strip plus buttonand select Bookmarks Toolbar

See for yourself! Check out the 1-minute video tutorial.

Click "Yes" to get through the Security Alert that appears because you are saving a bookmarklet and not just a bookmark link. See our Privacy Policy.

When prompted, create in Favorites Bar so that bookmarklet will show up there.

Click "Add" to complete the save. You should now see the ProfessorWord bookmarklet saved onto your Favorites Bar. That's it!

Make sure your Favorites Bar (located below the web address bar) is visible so you can see the saved bookmarklet.

See for yourself! Check out the 1-minute video tutorial.

Click "Yes" to get through the Security Alert that appears because you are saving a bookmarklet and not just a bookmark link. See our Privacy Policy.

You should now see the ProfessorWord bookmarklet saved onto your Favorites Bar. That's it!

Make sure your Favorites Bar (located below the web address bar) is visible so you can see the saved bookmarklet.

See for yourself! Check out the 1-minute video tutorial.

ProfessorWord: An easier way to learn new words!
Instructions

2.

Use the bookmarklet on any website to learn words

The ProfessorWord bookmarklet can be used on any website to:
  • Get the definition of any word that you don't know
  • Identify more than 5,000 SAT and ACT vocabulary words

Visit any website that might have vocabulary words that you don't know. For example, The New York Times.

Run ProfessorWord on the page you're reading by clicking on the saved bookmarklet in your Bookmarks Bar.

Now you can click any word to view its definition. You can even click words within the definition pop-ups!

ProfessorWord automatically highlights all the SAT/ACT vocabulary words on the page. You can turn this feature on/off under preferences.

See for yourself! Check out the 1-minute video tutorial.

ProfessorWord: An easier way to learn new words!
Study Tip

What is the one thing that will guarantee you a better SAT/ACT score?

Reading more!

That's right. Reading 2-3 challenging articles daily is the key to:

  • Acing the reading comprehension questions
  • Developing the robust vocabulary you need to ace the other sections

So, what are you waiting for? Check out our Daily Reader.

3.

Learn about some cool features

ProfessorWord pop-ups integrate seemlessly with your web surfing.

Click and drag the top bar to move the pop-up; Use the upper-right-hand buttons to minimize, maximize, or close the pop-ups; Click and drag the bottom-right-hand corner to resize the pop-up.
If the pop-up definitions are being blocked by ads or photos, you can move the pop-up around the word using Ctrl+M
Looking for other keyboard shortcuts? Ctrl+J: goes to the previous SAT/ACT word; Ctrl+I: closes the pop-up; Ctrl+L: goes to the next SAT/ACT word; Ctrl+K: opens the pop-up
See a word within a pop-up you don't know?  You can highlight and click to get the definition!

The bookmarklet menu lets you customize your settings and much more.

The bookmarklet menu lets you customize your preferences, and much more.

For example, you can turn the automatic highlighting of SAT/ACT vocabulary words on or off by changing your preferences.

Run ProfessorWord using your saved bookmarklet, then 1. Click the PW button in the upper left corner, 2. Select Preferences from the main menu, 3. Change and save your preferences.  Don't forget to save your preferences.

When you print a page after running ProfessorWord, the definitions of all the words you clicked and viewed will print as footnotes.

When you print a page after running ProfessorWord, the definitions of the highlighted SAT/ACT words will print as footnotes.
ProfessorWord: An easier way to learn new words!
Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing problems with the bookmarklet:

  • Try reloading the page and running ProfessorWord again
  • Make sure you are using the latest version of your browser
  • Search our Help FAQs

4.

Sign up for a free account to save words

Student Accounts

You're not going to remember all of the new vocabulary words that you encounter while surfing the web -- unless you review them!

With a free account, you can save 1,000 words for up to 30 days to create personalized study lists that you can print out and review.

After 30 days, your saved words will roll off your account. If you reach the limit of 1,000 words, you must delete words in order to add more.

Free accounts will be available soon!

Save words to a free account to create study lists.

Teacher Accounts

With a free teacher account, you'll have all the features of a free student account and you'll be able to oversee a group of student accounts, assign readings, and track student progress — articles read, words looked up, and words saved.

We're working on developing these accounts right now, so if you have suggestions for other features you'd like or if you want to help beta-test the account features when they're ready — please contact us!

Monitor student progress on reading and vocabulary building
ProfessorWord: An easier way to learn new words!
News

ProfessorWord accounts are coming soon!