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Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Helping Dyslexia Students At Home

It’s not exactly breaking news that dyslexia students often struggle in school. Add in another diagnosis (such as ADHD or dyscalculia), and the worry that you feel over your child’s learning may be multiplied. That said, there are plenty of ways that your young student can learn and even succeed in school. Not only will your child’s teachers help them (whether you’re thinking about specialized ADHD schools, dyscalculia schools or a more traditional type of program at your local public school), but you can also help out at home. How? Check out how these strategies can make the most of your child’s at-home reading or study time and get them on the road to school success!

Smaller Pieces

Your child has a research report due. It includes looking up plenty of information online, reading chapters from reference books, and writing the actual report. She has a few weeks to get the whole project done. Instead of sitting down to do it all at once, break the project up into smaller (and much more manageable) pieces to do on several different days.

Set a Schedule

Not only should you help your child to break their homework, assignments, and studying into smaller pieces, but you should also set a schedule for having them done. Let’s say your child has a book report due in two weeks. They have to read the book, and then write a few paragraphs about it. Write out a schedule, including a due date for each chapter (or page, depending on the length of the book) and each paragraph.

Provide Plenty of Print

There are words all around us. Dyslexia students see them, but may have difficulty reading them. Help your child to use the strategies they’re learning at school in everyday life by providing plenty of print materials. This doesn’t just mean stocking your house with books. Add signs or labels in places your child can easily see. This might mean labeling bins of toys or putting signs on each room’s door (such as “kitchen” or “family room”). As your child goes through their day, ask them to read the signs to you. Along with this, you can also have them read other types of print they see at home, such as cereal boxes or DVD covers.

Allow Breaks

Even if it seems like your child’s homework is broken into manageable pieces, they may still need breaks. Taking a quick five minute stretch break or letting them get up and walk around the house (or jog outside) can refresh and reset their ability to concentrate.

Dyslexia students can do very well at school. Even if your child has another diagnosis along with dyslexia, such as ADHD or dyscalculia, you can help them to keep their grades up. By breaking homework (or study sessions) into smaller pieces, setting a schedule, and putting print all over your home, you can help your child to get the grades and learn the skills you know they deserve.

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

TOEFL Test Practice Tips

For those that speak English as a second language, going to school at an English-speaking university or taking on employment in an English-speaking country may require that you prove your English fluency beforehand. This is most commonly done with the TOEFL test – the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The following tips can help you prepare for the test ahead of time.

Tip #1: Know the required minimum score

The TOEFL is not a pass or fail test. Instead, schools and employers determine the minimum score they are willing to accept for admission or employment. By knowing the minimum score you need ahead of time, you will be better able to plan your study strategy.

Tip #2: Understand the different sections

There are four main English skills you will be tested on:

  • Reading

  • Listening

  • Speaking

  • Writing

Each section carries equal weight on your final score. This is helpful to know when devising a study strategy. If the school or employer only wants you to have a certain overall score, you may be able to still pass the test even if you get a poor score in your weakest area from above. You can instead focus your strategy on acing the other three skills. On the other hand, if they require a minimum score for each skill, you know that you need to focus your studies on your weaker skills.

Tip #3: Take a TOEFL course

There are many ways to study for the TOEFL, including books and practice tests, as well as both in-person and online courses. While you will need to spend a bit of time studying books and testing yourself before the big day, you should also consider a live or online study course. Taking such a course ensures you are up to date on the current TOEFL testing methods. It also gives you access to mentors that can help you develop strategies to overcome and eventually master the English language skills that are giving you the most difficulty.

Tip #4: Immerse yourself in the language

Finally, spend the weeks and months leading up to the test immersing yourself in English. This is easier today than ever before. You can listen to audio books, English-speaking podcasts, or stream English-speaking movies and TV shows. Immersing yourself in English doesn’t just complement your other test preparation studies, it also gives you a more intuitive knowledge of the language. If you do need to guess a correct answer on the test, this intuitive knowledge can help you guess correctly.

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