Get Smart: Read Manga Before Your Next Test
Studying for the ACT and SAT has become as simple as hanging out, reading some manga and listening to your iPod, thanks to some very open-minded and creative folks at test-prep giant Kaplan and Defined Mind.
The three Van Von Hunter novels were rewritten to incorporate more than 300 common words teens may face on college-entrance exams, like subvert or nefarious, according to this interesting piece from the Christian Science Monitor.
Should reading manga not register on your radar as the cool thing to do, however, you can study on the sly by downloading hip-hop, R&B and rock songs created by various groups for Defined Minds' Vocabulary Accelerator program.
Reading almost any and every comic book within my grasp as a young child not only improved my vocabulary significantly -- a heartfelt thank you to Gardner Fox and Robert Kanigher -- I learned to appreciate the power with which pictures and words, skillfully blended, have on the heart and mind.