The Sentence Completions section of the SAT asks students to determine the meaning of a word in a given context. So, why study for the test by flipping through hundreds of flash cards at breakneck speed? Pretty soon they begin to look like a blur: mitigated, malignant, militant, mollified, mortified, mellifluous…
Why not prepare for this section by studying vocabulary in context? Even better: create your own context. Vocabulary.com has great word lists compiled by subject. You can either pick words at random, or pick a few that fit a theme. Put them together into a short paragraph of your own making! Here’s mine:
My chosen word list: presumption, trajectory, catalyst, rote, pitch
I had my presumptions going in. New school, new town, new friends: who knew the trajectory this path would take? As I got off the bus on that first day, almost nostalgic for the rote reality of my former life, I practically had to pitch myself forward down those steep steps. I never would have believed you if you had told me what a catalyst for change this new place would be.
Go for it!