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How to Teach Dyslexic Students

If you plan on teaching as a career, then chances are that you’ll have to deal with at least one student who suffers from dyslexia. One in ten students has some form of learning disability, and dyslexia is one of the most common of all learning disabilities. Therefore, if you’re going to pursue a career as an educator, it only makes sense that you figure out as much as possible about this problem.

Difficulty In Processing Instructions

The most important part of teaching students with dyslexia is to recognize their difficulty in processing instructions. In order to get the most out of your dyslexic student, it is necessary to write things down in clear, concise bullets, show them processes instead of telling them what to do, and to provide multi-sensory teaching tools like videos and experiments.

While reading is often considered to be the number one problem for dyslexic students, this is really only a small part of the problem. In general, most dyslexic students can read pretty well most of the time, they simply cannot remember what they read all that well.

Posted by James - June 1, 2016 at 5:09 am

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Improved Reading Speed Leads to Study Success!

If you are planning on attending college or taking courses in the near future, you will benefit from increasing your reading speed and comprehension.

Most courses rely heavily on textbooks to convey the information you learn. If your reading speed is slow or your comprehension poor, you are going to be at a disadvantage in your classes.

You want to find out how to increase reading speed and comprehension before you start your college studies.

Here are three tips that will lead to study success.

Learn Skimming Techniques

The first tip on how to increase reading speed and comprehension is to learn to skim the material effectively.

When you take a college course, you do not have to master every bit of information included in the text. Instead, you need to pick out the major ideas and key points.

Effective skimming begins with looking through the assigned reading prior to reading it. The titles, headings and subheadings will give you an idea what the reading is about.

To skim, read the first and last paragraph of every section. Then read the first and last few sentences of every paragraph. This will quickly give you a sense of what the reading selection is all about.

Go back and re-read important sections more carefully after you skim.

Formulate Questions

As you read, convert the titles, headings and subheadings into questions that need to be answered. Then as you read each section, identify the answers to these questions. You might even write these answers in your notes to enhance your understanding and comprehension.

Keep Your Eyes Moving

Make sure you keep your eyes moving forward across the text as you read. This helps you to read faster. Do not go back and re-read sections until you finish skimming the entire selection.

To avoid moving your eye backwards, use an index card and place it above the line you are reading. This will prevent your eyes from moving up the page to material you have already read.

Do not highlight as you read. It breaks your reading pace and slows you down.

Learning how to increase reading speed and comprehension will be important as you approach college. The faster you read, the more effective use you can make of your study time. Increased reading comprehension leads to increased mastery of the material. This will yield great results both in terms of good grades and future career success.

College classes are expensive, and you want to make sure you get the most value from classes. Learning how read quickly with high comprehension will allow you to do this. When you are successful, you will truly enjoy and make the most of your education.

Posted by James - January 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm

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What about Photoreading Makes it Hard to Believe?

Some people claim to be able to look at a page, memorize it’s contents, and be able to then access that knowledge at any time. This process is commonly called photoreading, since the imaging process is supposed to very much resemble looking at a photograph in your head. By making mental images of certain pages that have critical information, you could effectively cheat on tests and quizzes by reflecting on the textbook pages during the exam, or have access to formulas, data, and important information at any time.

Should this technique be proven to actually work, it would be a phenomenal advantage for anyone who took the time to learning.

However, despite the thousands of people out there who claim that photo reading is a real, legitimate technique, scientists are having a great deal of trouble verifying the claims that photoreaders make. Most scientists accept that it is possible to recall the images on a page over a short term, but the speed of recall, and the lack of people who can successfully do any kind of recall after a few days. In their minds, photoreading is basically nothing more than a magic trick which can be used at a party.

Posted by James - September 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

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Tips for Speed Reading

Speed reading tips are all over the place. One of the most common is called meta-guiding. This involves using a pointing device, like a pen or pencil, to guide your eye in the reading process, causing you to have full control over your reading speed. Since a majority of the population lets their “inner voice” tell them how fast to read, this technique is a great way to get ahead. Subvocalization, or the use of the inner voice in reading, is one of the worst ways you can possibly read, and it will really slow you down when you try to do it. However, if you use meta-guiding to combat this reading technique, then you’ll have a great advantage.

The fact is, subvocalization is one of the most difficult aspects of reading to overcome, and meta-guiding can help you. Subvocalization is actually harmful to your reading habits, since it keeps you from spot-reading, which is where you identify words based on sight instead of sounding them out, which is very bad reading practice. When you use the trick of meta-guiding, you avoid all of these problematic outcomes, making your reading faster and much more fluent.

Posted by James - September 17, 2012 at 2:36 am

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Speed Reading Solutions Made Easy

There is a plain, simple solution to a lot of your daily problems in business, and in your everyday life. Learning the basic techniques of speed reading could easily have a major impact on the way you do business every single day.

The simple fact is that the number one thing that you have to do everyday is to read. It appears as a part of all kinds of various jobs in all kinds of careers, from email checking to scientific research, from reading recipes to make food to learning about new kinds of cancer treatments in a medical science journal.

Learning speed reading techniques, however, is not always easy. If you were to learn photoreading, for instance, you would be wasting your time on a parlor trick instead of a useful method of memorization. It would be fantastic if it actually worked, but unfortunately, it doesn’t.

Posted by James - September 7, 2012 at 2:37 am

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Photoreading Scams? Or Photoreading Truths?

Photoreading is a very controversial side topic in the world of speed reading. While some people swear by it’s usefulness, others are convinced that it’s a complicated, overbearing, and downright ridiculous technique to even attempt. Basically, photoreading is a memorization technique in which you attempt to make an image of the page which can stay with you for hours, days, or even a lifetime, and that you can then view it in your mind’s eye whenever you please.

There can be no doubt that this would be a tremendously powerful technique should it be real, but is it too good to be true?

Research currently being conducted on this topic is not quite sure what to think. The basic thought is that it is possible to recreate some very basic “parlor trick” type recall of some specific pages in books, but that it is not all that possible to do all that much more. How much you can memorize beyond the first few days past reading is somewhat more difficult to measure.

Posted by James - September 2, 2012 at 2:37 am

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Choosing the Best LSAT Prep Course

In choosing an LSAT prep course, keep in mind that there is no single best LSAT prep course for everyone and that finding the best LSAT prep course simply means choosing which one will suit your particular needs best. In this regard, you need to identify what elements of a course are important for you. Read more…

Posted by James - August 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

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Photographic Memory Books Teach How To Recall Information

There are many photographic memory books that essentially teach people techniques to improve their memory skills.
Photographic memory is often confused with eidetic memory, with which a person can study a picture for about 30 seconds and when the picture removed visualize the image. While an eidetic memory has been witnessed in children, with the image memory lasting a few minutes, it has not been successful found in adults.

In most photographic memory books the techniques used are to help people develop memory skills, not through capturing a mental picture of what they see, but by learning certain tricks to make recalling the information possible. Whether they are looking at a picture, words of text or music, the ability to store that information into their memory is often thought of having a photographic memory.

There are different ways people train their memory, for example, most children memorized the alphabet by singing the alphabet song. The idea of setting the letter to music made it more fun to learn than simply through repetition. One of the most fundamental means of learning for children is through repetition and association and photographic memory books teach the same skills that adults and older children can use to remember a variety of information.

Not All Books Teach Same Memory Habits

Just as it has been shown that people learn on different levels, people learn to train their memories through different methods. When someone writes photographic memory books they write about the techniques that have worked for them and a few others. People on the same learning skill level can probably use these photographic memory books to improve their information retention skills.

However, another person may not realize the same success and may find other photographic memory books, written from a different perspective to more beneficial. Unfortunately, there are no one size fits all photographic memory books that can supply the same level of help for everyone. Different techniques are used in different books to teach people to train their memory and those interested in having the ability of instant and total recall may have to read several books to find the techniques that work for them.

Improving a person’s memory is high on the list of many individuals and there have even been drugs and natural remedies claiming to help improve memory. Similar to photographic memory books, they do not have the same positive impact on everyone and in most cases the ideas in the photographic memory books need to be adapted to the individual needs of the reader.

Posted by James - August 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

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What can Speed Reading Help You With In College

If there is one thing that should be taught to every single teenager on their way to college, it is the skill of speed reading their textbooks. Unfortunately, too many students are sent away without this necessary component of their schooling, and therefore tend to struggle with keeping up with their work throughout the semester.

In college, you need to read so much more than you ever did in high school. Entire novels are required to be completed by week’s end, and oftentimes you will find that you need to have completed some short essay on the topic during that time as well. This causes many of the common problems that most students have with their college life, namely that they have a tendency to get behind and eventually stop reading all of their required books. When that happens, many students simply shrug off the learning and studying all together, and sometimes, it’s very easy to get away with it. However, this is a terrible way to go about learning new materials in school, and it will start to catch up with you quickly.

Posted by James - August 14, 2012 at 2:41 am

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Top 100 books for Teens

Top Teen Books

Practicing the skill of reading will help anyone increase their reading speed. A really gripping series like Harry Potter can drive teens to read faster and faster.

NPR Books just released their annual teen reading survey results and lists the most popular 100 teen books. Here’s their top 100 list.

Posted by James - August 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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