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Meeting the Most Often Used Suffixes

Some suffixes are used so frequently in the English language that you may not even think of them — much less recognize them — as suffixes. These include [more…]

Tending to Word Roots

A root is the basic element of a word, and it is the foundation on which the meaning of a word is built. Many roots are real words in their own right: [more…]

Decoding Medical Lingo

If you're watching a TV drama about doctors, it doesn't matter whether you understand exactly what's being said. But when you're sitting in a doctor's office and he or she is talking about your child, [more…]

Trying to Make Sense of the English Language

For many reasons (most of them too ugly to go into here), English is a pretty tough language to learn. If you're a native speaker of English, you're probably familiar with the idiosyncrasies that make [more…]

Boosting Your Vocabulary for Standardized Tests

During the years of your formal education, you face numerous standardized tests — at least in the U.S. school system. The following suggestions can help you get your skills up to speed for the reading [more…]

Common Vocabulary Prefixes — Co-, De-, and In-

Adding to your vocabulary is easier if you know meaning of common prefixes, which help you understand the meaning of words. The following list contains three common prefixes and their meanings: [more…]

Common Vocabulary Suffixes

When you’re stretching your vocabulary, pay attention to the endings of new words (their suffixes) for clues to their meaning. The following table lists common suffixes and their meanings: [more…]

Web Sites for Building Your Vocabulary

A fun way to build your vocabulary is to visit Web sites that offer word games and word challenges. The following Web sites offer games and lots of links to a variety of word games from hangman and crossword [more…]

How to Make Vocabulary Word Flash Cards

The simple act of writing down a new word and its definition can help you remember it. Vocabulary word flash cards are pretty easy to make and serve you and anyone else interested in building their vocabulary [more…]

Reading Tips to Improve Your Vocabulary

You can build your vocabulary using flash cards, word games, and plain, old, everyday reading. Whether you’re reading cereal boxes, the newspaper, Web articles, office memos, or research papers, use the [more…]

Vocabulary Tip: Prefixes that Mean "Not"

Expanding your vocabulary is made a little easier with tips that help you understand the meaning of new words. A prefix can often offer a clue to a word’s meaning, and in the case of the prefixes in the [more…]

Vocabulary For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you use word games and flashcards, improving your vocabulary can be not only fun but key to increasing your general knowledge. Knowing the parts of speech and the meanings of prefixes and suffixes can [more…]

Understand Prefixes to Expand Your Vocabulary

The larger your vocabulary is, the faster you can read because you don’t stumble as often on words you don’t know or recognize. When you read words that you’re already familiar with, you read beyond the [more…]

Understand Suffixes to Expand Your Vocabulary

The larger your vocabulary is, the faster you can read because you don’t stumble as often on words you don’t know or recognize. When you read words that you’re already familiar with, you read beyond the [more…]

How to Use Commonly Confused Words Correctly

Some words create trouble everywhere they appear, but this list will help you understand these commonly confused words and how to use them correctly: [more…]

Literature Terms to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test or MAT tests your knowledge through analogies. In order to do well on MAT literature analogies, you need to master the basics of literary terminology, among other things. [more…]

Physics Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Mass, velocity, acceleration — yep, it’s time to review all the physics you learned in high school and prepare for the MAT (Miller Analogies Test). For the MAT, getting familiar with physics doesn’t entail [more…]

General Science Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Science is so broad that there are a variety of sub-disciplines. The MAT also tests sciences like astronomy and ecology, and although these kinds of analogies are more rare, it’s still a good idea to memorize [more…]

Science Classifications to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Science and math aren’t the most prevalent topics on the MAT, but they are tested. The classification of living things is a fairly common MAT topic, so you should take the time to become familiar with [more…]

Periodic Table Terms to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Luckily, you don’t need to be a scientist to do well with MAT science analogies. To do well on the chemistry part of MAT, you just need to know the basics of chemistry and the periodic table, a chart that [more…]

Scientific Measurements to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To properly prepare for the MAT, you need to familiarize yourself with basic science terminology, including scientific measurements. Brush up on your knowledge of measurements by studying these terms and [more…]

Math Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Math: it really is everywhere, even the MAT. If you don’t like math, don’t worry: The Miller Analogies Test doesn’t require you to do a lot of calculation. But you do have to know a few things about the [more…]

Geography Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

You don’t have to be able to locate all the world’s countries to do well with MAT geography analogies, but the more familiar you are with a map of the world or a globe, the better. In fact, you may want [more…]

Historical Terms to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To prepare for analogies involving history on the MAT, it’s best to start with the most important terms — kind of like what you’d pick up from a basic college course in world history. Before taking the [more…]

Economics Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To build your social science analogy muscles, make sure you’re familiar with the main people, terms, and events in economics. For the MAT, it helps to know first that economics deals with the study of [more…]

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