How I Use It
This is more of an individualized vocabulary practice app. It is designed to help students with the type of vocabulary they would find on the GRE and SAT so the words are more for high school level. Students can load the app and practice various vocabulary words on 3 levels. There are two modes-training mode and challenge mode. Training mode is similar to flashcards. Challenge mode is a timed game where students select the correct definition from 4 choices and try to defeat various opponents built into the game. This would be a good activity choice for students to use when they are finished with current work since most students would benefit from a stronger vocabulary. Students like it because it has the feel of a game, but is a quality learning tool.
This tool is good at what it was designed for---teaching vocabulary. The two modes--Training mode and Challenge mode---allow students to learn the words and definitions first and then test their knowledge in game mode. Also, there are 3 modes for the challenge based on a wrestling theme-Lightweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight. The sound effects are loud so using headphones is probably a must. Sounds can be turned off in the settings. There is also an option to download pronunciation files to your device if you want that option. I believe students would benefit from vocabulary exposure and will enjoy the challenge of trying to beat the opponents by quickly choosing the correct definitions. Some improvements might be if they could play other classmates or students instead of just the built in opponents. Overall, it is an effective and engaging app to help students prepare for the vocabulary they will see on college entrance tests.