Simon, who is the narrator of this book, lets test-takers know that he's a cool college dude who's ready to help everybody get an incredibly fantastic score when they take the new, revised verbal skills section of the SAT. Simon tells students that college time is party time, but first, kids need to do some serious work. That includes expanding their vocabulary so they'll be able to cope with college-level reading assignments. He tells them, for instance: "Well, it's time for you to get to work. You'd better get this pedestrian stuff out of the way, pronto, so we can get to know each other better. Hey, I know the thing looks a little daunting, but I think the meanings are quite explicit." Certain words in that passagefor instance, pedestrian, daunting, and explicitare set in boldface type. That is the students' signal to look up the word, understand what it means, and comprehend how it's being used in the sentence. Students who read all of Simon's commentaries and understand all boldface words are guaranteed to excel on the new SAT I Verbal. As Simon helps students expand their word power, he finds something to say about most topics that interest college kidsfrom girls and parties to coping with term papers and doing library research. A short quiz follows each episode. Here's a unique, refreshing approach to vocabulary building for high school students preparing for the all-important college entrance test.
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About the Author
Philip Geer lives in Singapore where he directs Mentaurs, an educational consultancy that prepares students for the SAT, GRE, and other standardized tests. From 1978 until 2001 he taught English for the Singapore Ministry of Education at the junior college level.
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Several books and guides have come on the market to provide short-cuts and tips for students intending to do well on the SAT. Given the scores of such materials available, Simon's Saga by Philip Geer (quite an irreverent personality, judging from the tone and style of the book!) comes as a refreshing departure from the norm. Here is the verbal part of the SAT treated with witty respect so as to make the reader aware that scoring high on this test does not depend simply on a command of the fundamentals of the English language, but also on a thorough grasp of its nuances, especially in the area of vocabulary. It is such mastery that convinces others that one truly knows the language - and can, indeed, even spar in it should the need arise! There are numerous interesting exercises set out to help readers to acquire the necessary techniques. There are also plenty of anecdotes to keep the reader from getting just a little weary of being reminded that good verbal skills can only be acquired through education. I warmed to the narrative style that frames the entire book, and recommend Simon's Saga to all, even those for whom the SAT is only an academic exercise. From the first chapter to the quite demanding final exercises, this book is sure to entertain students while it also subtly challenges them to come clean about their verbal dexterity.
SIMON¿S SAGA is a good story! Not only was it entertaining, it helped me develop a much better vocabulary. It was fun to read ¿ the characters are pretty cool and crack a lot of jokes ¿ and it also taught me a lot of interesting stuff about politics and other things. Doing the exercises after each chapter really helped fix the words in my mind. To be honest, I read the whole story without doing the exercises ¿ then I went back and did the exercises, which to my surprise were not too soporific because there¿s also a lot of humor in them and they refer to the characters and events in the story. As I said, the story is didactic and it does get kind of intellectual toward the end. But then the SAT passages are pretty intellectual, so it¿s good preparation for the test. I recommend this book if you want a fun (and funny) way to really expand your vocab. I haven¿t taken the test yet, but a friend of mine who recommended Simon¿s Saga to me gained close to 200 points on her verbal section just from reading it and doing the exercises. She¿s applying to Ivy League colleges and she¿s pretty optimistic because her SAT score is over 1450 now. If you have to take the SAT and you¿re willing to do some work to get a good score -- but don¿t want to be bored to death by dull exercises ¿ grab a copy of Simon¿s Saga.
In my experience, reading is the most effective way to develop a robust vocabulary. Although I have a good vocabulary, I read Simon's Saga and the Ring of McAllister to help me maximize my verbal SAT score. I think the Ring is the better of the two in terms of story and vocabulary development. But I recommend using both books. Both taught many of the same words, and the repetition helps.