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Maine Prep’s “Word of the Day” is a Hit With Students – and the Entire Family

Posted May 16, 2013, at 5:23 p.m.
Mt. Ararat student Isabella Leon poses with her parents. &quotMaine Prep's Word of the Day is most fun when I quiz my parents on whether they know the word that day."
Mt. Ararat student Isabella Leon poses with her parents. "Maine Prep's Word of the Day is most fun when I quiz my parents on whether they know the word that day."

Maine Prep’s free online SAT vocabulary-building service, “Word of the Day,” is generating an enthusiastic response from students, their parents and school guidance counselors. The Brunswick-based test prep company delivers to hundreds of e-mailboxes every morning a relevant SAT word and definition, accompanied by a sentence and graphic. Many subscribers report that WOTD helps them with improved SATs, in the classroom, and with confidence on test day.

Stephanie Foster of Brunswick, the mother of a recent Maine Prep student says, “It’s a great way to start our day. Our entire family is involved. Maine Prep’s Word of the Day is the first thing to greet us in the morning. We read it and share it. It engages us and helps all of us learn.”

The words, which are carefully chosen by Maine Prep CEO, Jack Mahoney, appear frequently on the SAT in sentence completion questions and critical reading passages. Jane Vaughan of Cape Elizabeth states, “I’ve seen many of them on the SAT, and I’ve used them in my writing to make it more powerful.”

Isabella Leon, a Mt. Ararat student from Harpswell says that WOTD has helped her to learn a myriad of words and has boosted her scores on the SAT.  “It’s most fun when I quiz my parents on whether they know the word that day,” Isabella added, “I find I remember the word best that way. The explanation and the pictures help to define the word in a humorous, creative and memorable manner.” 

Kate Coddaire, Director of College Advising at Cheverus High School in Portland posts the Maine Prep Word of the Day outside her office on a bulletin board. “Each day I hear students chatting about it, arguing about its pronunciation or usage, or bragging that they know the word already. It’s a fun and daily practice for them to expand their vocabulary and get ready for standardized tests like the SAT.”

“WOTD keeps the brain stimulated,” remarked Skyler Samuelson of Freeport, “I forward it to my friends. Yes, the words come up on the SAT – and in class.”

Word of the Day is a free service, and the subscriber list is kept confidential. To subscribe, go to the Maine Prep web site (www.maineprep.com) and sign up in the green-and-brown box at the lower right of the home page. You will receive a confirmation email from the server; once you click the link in that letter you’ll receive a Word every morning. 

Kristopher Kody of Yarmouth uses the WOTD every day and tries to integrate it into his life. “Throughout the day, I find ways to use the word and make it personal to me,” he says, “The Maine Prep WOTD has done more for me than vocabulary. It’s become a ritual in my life and a daily learning activity.” 

Isabella Leon agrees, “Word of the Day is really a great way to enhance your vocabulary skills, not just for the SATs – but for life.” 

For further information, contact Maine Prep at office@maineprep.com or by calling 207-798-5690.

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