Description:- Vocabulary.com is an online platform to help you learn words, their usage, meaning and hence improve your English vocabulary with the help of advanced quiz based learning and scoring to allow you to compete with the world and stay motivated.
- Online language learning
- English vocabulary enhancement through adaptive learning
Vocabulary.com - as the name itself suggests - provides effective tools that help learn new words. The website is neatly designed and laid out, with some crisp and effective means of learning words, the fun and easy way. One thing that annoys almost all of us, is advertising, but here’s something to be cheery about, the website is ad free!
The platform offers very powerful language learning and vocabulary enhancement features through pop-up quizzes, word challenges, and also features awards and achievements based on users’ scores. The system also offers an adaptive learning environment for efficient learning.
Additionally, the platform offers separate lists to help users prepare for exams like SAT, ACT, GRE and ToEFL but uses the same question pattern.
Walk-Through:- As you visit the site, the landing page brings forth a very neat and user friendly interface, that explicitly puts all the features a user may want to access in a lucid manner. The first thing that pops-up on the screen is an MCQ based random question, and once you answer that question the system saves your progress and moves to the next one. Even though you are not logged in, the system can temporarily save your progress.
The website puts up different types of questions and lets you choose an answer from four options, while keeping a track of all the answers. The website features 100,000+ questions and example sentences.
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Additionally, if users wish not to take the quiz, they can instead look at the words and their corresponding definitions along with an example sentence. The website also tells how many times users have faced a particular word and how many times it has been answered correctly or incorrectly.
How it really is different from other such MCQ based knowledge builders, is that it has an adaptive learning engine running under the hood. This helps the platform to modify the questions and present them to the user.
It puts up questions to the users to know how good their vocabulary is, and sets a difficulty level for them. Accordingly, the platform builds questions and makes the users learn. If it finds that they are having difficulties with certain words, it will repeat the same words again and again (as ‘Progress’ or ‘Review’ question) in a variety of patterns, for example, as a fill in the blank or by placing the word in a different sentence and then asking the user for its meaning. This adaptability of the system makes it very efficient and useful and thereby offers adaptive learning environment for the users.
The system not only has simple words and their answers, but also allows the users to look at the details like the definition of the word, origin of the word, source of the question, and more. And the sources of examples vary greatly, from newspaper reports to various reference and literature books. The website also features a slick and fast dictionary, which allows the user to search for definitions, synonyms, antonyms, usage in various sentences etc.
Users can sign up for free by providing their e-mail address. Challenging and competing with your friends requires integration with Facebook. If the user has already made an account (instead of using the Facebook account), and later on wishes to compete with friends and configure Facebook account, the user needs to change the default e-mail ID to that, on which his/her Facebook account is registered.
The website has a number of achievements that a user can unlock by answering questions. Each question carries a certain number of points and extra points are awarded for every achievement unlocked. Achievements are manifold, by completing a round perfectly, having a correct answer streak, mastering a word, so on and so forth; having a total of 43 achievements. The points contribute to various ranks. The user starts at rank ‘Novice’ going upto ‘Word Czar’ making up a total of 20 ranks ensuring a sense of competition among users and prompting them to play again and again. The Leaderboard features every month’s and day’s top scorer.
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The users can access a number of word lists defined under specific heads varying in the number of words they contain and learn those specific lists at their leisure. A user can make his own list, and even add words to the same list while doing the quiz. The user also has an option of ‘Scheduling’ to learn a word, wherein, when the user plays ‘The Challenge’, Vocabulary.com would put up those very ‘Scheduled’ words with a higher priority to enhance the learning of those words.
Our Review:- Vocabulary.com is a very powerful platform for improving your vocabulary with the help of interactive MCQ based questions. The platform is packed with more than 100,000 words along with their examples and details on origin to help the user understand the words and their usage more efficiently. Also the system is equipped with a socializing feature that allows users to compare the scores with friends. Also, by creating an account the user gets an ability to track their progress and learning. The platform is also recommended for language preparations for US studies qualification exams like SAT, GRE, etc.
The UI is very pleasant to use and all the useful panels are clearly listed, which helps in easy navigation to different sections of the site. Overall the site is very useful and offers adaptive learning environment.
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