Middle School Vocabulary Prep
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Middle School Vocabulary Prep is a tight and focused flashcard-like study aid. Learn mode gives parts of speech and concise definitions -- often one-word synonyms -- in large text. Quiz and test modes utilize some 300 middle-school words and report number correct out of total. Navigation is nearly flawless save the teeny Stop and Go Back buttons. Music and design provide an appealing presentation. Spare content sacrifices an important element: usage examples in context. There are no games or other engaging activities, and students have no way of customizing the experience or keeping track of long-term progress.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- academic development
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Colorful and simple design is consistent and intuitive. Optional classical music serves to relax kids who need it but might turn off others. No games or significant encouragement.
The app doesn't give examples of words used in context, which isn't great for deep learning. Kids also don't have many options for customizing the experience. However, the ability to email results could be motivating to kids.
Simple navigation and nice, large text are helpful. In the final test, incorrect answers are indicated only in the final score. Relaxing classical music might help some kids focus.
What's it about?
In MIDDLE SCHOOL VOCABULARY PREP, tweens and teens choose the correct definition in the word-based quiz, and choose the correct word in the definition-based quiz. When kids answer correctly, they see a big "Correct"; when they answer incorrectly they get "The correct answer is" (followed by the correct answer). When ready, kids can take the "BIG Final Practice" test with 50 items. Kids can email their results to others.
Is it any good?
Middle School Vocabulary Prep achieves its simple and focused goal with bold style: Quiz kids on definitions for a small selection of middle-school level words. Unfortunately, it lacks appeal otherwise because there are no usage examples, no games, and no engaging activities. Kids have no way of customizing the experience, like adding more words, and there is no way to track long-term progress. Kids can get solid practice with the app, but it's not likely to keep them engaged for long.
Families can talk about...
Help your child develop acronyms, acrostics, or songs to remember words.
For artistic or visual learners, associate words with images.
For kinesthetic (active) learners, associate words with actions.