- In the last 3 years, 66% of finalists at the National Spelling Bee had purchased New Nat's Notes* and 92% of finalists had at least some Hexco product.
- In 2018, 55% of the words in Round 4 could be found in New Nat's Notes.*
- 21 National Spelling Bee Champs in a row have used Hexco Products
(*Or New Nat's eMentor - Posted April 4, 2019)
New Nat's Notes is our largest set of words specifically geared toward those aiming for the highest reaches of competition. As seen in the documentary, Spellbound, New Nat's Notes includes 18,000 words from the original Nat's Notes, with hand-selected difficult words from Paideia and the Consolidated Word List (CWL), as well as words used in regional and National Bees from the 1970s to 2007 (including 7,000 words that are not in CWL!). This time-tested collection is available in alphabetic and random sequence and all words have pronunciations, definitions, etymology, and all follow the information in the Merriam Webster Third New International Dictionary which is the printed version, not the online version (see 'Update' announcement below). We recommend New Nat's eMentor to get the most updated version of this product!
New Nat's Notes is one of the core volumes utilized in our Personal Spelling Coach program and is highly recommended for those seeking to study a challenging list of words.
- Includes phonetic pronunciations, definitions, and etymology
- 4 volumes, revised in 2012 with etymology and expanded d-stop pronunciations
- Alphabetic or Random Sequence
The following statistics are from the 2018 National Spelling Bee:
Update: In 2017, Scripps declared Merriam-Webster's Unabridged online dictionary (subscription) as the new authority for the National Spelling Bee. Currently, we have only updated our eMentor version of this product to reflect these changes. If you are purchasing this printed version, note that the only word spelling that was changed (that we know of), was the word "carosella," which only had one "L" in the printed dictionary, but now has two "L"s! However, over 20% of the words in this product have some change or another, either the elimination of the d-stop in pronunciation (butter is now only <BUHT.uhr>, and meter is now only <MEET.uhr>), a change in the part of speech (many geographic terms that were defined only as adjectives are not only nouns), the alteration of the ending sound of a word from ‘it’ to ‘uht’ (rabbit/pundit), or other small changes. Click here to order the eMentor version of New Nat's Notes. This product may not be returned.
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FAQ: Should I buy Random or Alpha sequence? Traditionally, studying alphabetically has been the norm and seemingly the most logical since that is how the dictionary is arranged. However, Random sequence New Nat's Notes can be more challenging than Alpha sequence since word prefixes cannot be assumed simply by knowing a word's alphabetical placement. For instance, if a speller has never seen the word gigantic, the first letter could sound like a "j" or a "g”. However, if the speller knew that they were studying in the "g" section, the challenge of spelling the word without a prompt might be missed. Random sequence is enjoyed by parents or coaches who strive to keep assignments varied and interesting while making verbal quizzing sessions more indicative of a student's knowledge. Click the above links to view inside each product before buying. Good luck and good spelling!
Check out our After a Spell Newsletter to see how NEW NAT'S NOTES words stack up at the National Spelling Bee.