Impressive but utilitarian vocab practice for SAT/ACT prep
What's It Like?
uVocab is an app designed to help kids learn challenging vocabulary words and their definitions. In the Learn Words module, students can browse words, scrolling through the definitions and clicking the sound icon to hear the pronunciation. In the Browse function, kids have the option of jumping to a certain letter or starting from the beginning or end of the list.
Students review the word list of more than 5,000 test-prep words, learn the definitions, hear the words pronounced, and then take quizzes to check for word mastery. Words can be reviewed at random, by whole list, or via browsing or scrolling through screens of words and definitions. The quizzes give the word and four definitions to choose from. Students can choose how many words to complete on the quiz and click Finish at any point to see their number and percentage correct and review the list or words again, with correct definitions. Kids then move on to the Test Vocabulary module where they can start a new test or review a history of tests they've taken. The Revision Lists module tracks "favorites" as well as "failed" words that have been missed in prior tests. Kids can review missed words or keep track of mastered or targeted words with these lists.
Is It Good for Learning?
uVocab gives kids the chance to really drill vocabulary words into their memories, and although it's not that exciting, it is effective. The "failed" list, though unfortunately named, is a wonderful tool for students to use to drill down to troublesome words and commit them to memory. Hearing the word is especially helpful for making sense of the word in context, though such a tool would not be available in most real-life testing situations.
The app does not have a teacher dashboard, nor does it offer logins or multiple users, so each student needs a device to make the most of uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer.