How to Study – Power Learning: Getting By With Online College Degree Studies

Ever wonder why some online college degree students know how to study seem to quickly learn, recall and excel in school while others (perhaps your child or you) never seem to quite get it. You’re probably just as smart in all other respects, right? Well what’s the problem? (And what is power learning?) Most of us are born with good minds, but some just use them better than others. I believe that the best students naturally find a good study system and just keep on using it because it works. For others, learning in school just doesn’t come natural—that’s the problem! Power Learning can be that answer because it recognizes how most people learn and teaches them how to study. …

18 Strategies For Enhancing Language Skills

The following strategies are offered for enhancing language skills and managing language challenges. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but rather is meant as a place to begin. Alice Thomas and Glenda Thorne 1. Take the mystery away. The first and perhaps most important strategy is to teach students about the components of language, common language challenges and language strategies, and to help students understand their own language strengths and challenges. This process is sometimes called demystification – taking the mystery away. 2. Simplify directions. Students with receptive language challenges may need directions broken down into their simplest form. They may also benefit from a comic book-type illustration of steps to take for the completion of a task. 3. …

How to Improve Reading Comprehension with Video

Most educators today realize that teaching students how to read is not the sole responsibility of the language arts teacher, yet many teachers still struggle to come up with effective ways to actually improve reading comprehension in the classroom. After all, the primary purpose of reading is comprehension. Unless you comprehend what you read you might as well be reading a different language. Unfortunately, for many students, reading in the content areas may actually seem like a different language. This is particularly true in social studies classes when using primary sources that may date back several hundred years. I can recall a lesson I did in my own 8th grade social studies class in which I used a primary source …

How Can Parents Encourage Their Children To Read?

While it is true that children spend a significant portion of their day with their teachers, it is often their parents who wield more power to encourage them to read. However, a lot of parents are unclear as to how they can achieve this. The following steps outline some ways in which parents can improve their children’s’ reading skills. Be enthusiastic about your children’s reading: Everyone needs encouragement and your children are no different. Praise them for their effort. If you show enthusiasm for reading, they will pick up on it and be enthusiastic about it too. Set aside a regular reading time every day: Set up a schedule, even if it just involves reading a bedtime story out loud …

How To Accelerate Your Reading Speed

Speed reading as a technique was developed by Mrs. Evelyn Wood in 1959. Impressed by her professor who read and graded a term paper of eighty pages in ten minutes she went on to observing reading methods of fast readers and developed the first ever speed reading technique. Speed reading is a method that aims at improving the speed of reading and comprehension. The need for speed reading is obvious, as the volume of texts to be read on an average has been increasing since the invention of the printing machine. And, increasing your reading speed can make a significant change in your life. So, what can you do to accelerate your speed of reading? To get started, you can …

How The Eyes Work During Speed Reading

If you’ve ever been witness to someone speed reading the sight can be remarkable. They turn the pages of a book at breakneck speed and often their hand is skimming the length of the pages very quickly. It’s difficult to imagine that they are absorbing everything that they are reading. After all, a person reading at normal speed can sometimes even have trouble remembering what they just read. However, it is possible to read and retain all of the information in a book or magazine even when you are reading it much faster than a normal person does. It’s obvious that one of the keys to speed reading is the eyes. It’s the eyes that are scanning the page, and …

How To Find The Meaning Of Words As You Read

Vocabulary Building and Reading Comprehension The meaning of unknown words which you come across in your reading sometimes can be known by their surroundings, that is, their contexts. The context of the sentence can tell us the part of speech of the unknown word. Using the context of the paragraph to define unknown words can also helpful. Although it takes practice, it is the easiest and most efficient way to identify words. Often, using the context is the only way to figure out the meaning of the word as it is used in the sentence, passage, or chapter. Consider the word “bar”. Bar is a common word. But without surrounding words, you don’t know if it describes soap, a place …