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QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Administrator

Grade Level: Special Education

Competency: Below Level

I am the coordinator for Accessibility/Accommodations for my K12 school.  I really cannot manage/track data for the entire school at once. I am looking for a way to gather data while students work on chunks of learning activities. Can you help?

 

ANSWER:

Merit’s online learning products are commonly used by schools to help accessibility/accommodations students build English reading and writing skills.  The programs cover a wide range of abilities and break core concepts down into understandable parts.  Plus, all student work is tracked in an easy-to-use management system.  Reading Skill Builder and Grammar Fitness are two programs we suggest examining first.  They are both intuitive and easy to deploy with students.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Process 

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: High School

Competency: Below Level

Can this be used if I have already graduated from High school and just want to relearn? But have someone to grade my work?  I’m looking to better understand how to write at a college level. I have high functioning autism so learning English was never easy for me and I feel as if my school just gave up on me honestly.

 

ANSWER:

Thank you for contacting Merit.  We’ve helped many people who have graduated from high school but want to relearn their English skills.   Our best program for this purpose is Essay Punch.

Essay Punch guides students through the writing process.   The program helps people organize their thoughts, and then helps them write clear, concise paragraphs and essays.   All work is stored on our server, so if necessary, we can examine and comment upon your work.   We don’t have formal review process, but we are happy to do it for customers on an as needed basis.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Adult

Competency: Below Level

Many of my students are Hispanic and are among the first in their families to go to college. Plus, over 20% of the class are students from either the Middle East or China.

Our college is looking for a better way to improve first year writing skills.

We want a tool that students can use on their own time. Our learning support specialists must be easily able to learn to use the program with hundreds of students.

We tried one grammar program, but it was connected with outside textbooks my class does not use. We also tried a program that catches grammar errors while students write; it did not measurably change outcomes for our students.

Can Merit help us?

 

ANSWER:

Merit grammar and writing programs are used by many colleges and universities for the purpose you’ve described. I am sure we can help you too.

Our most popular program for this purpose is Grammar Fitness. It provides students with interactive grammar exercises that help students master difficult issues of English grammar.

After an assessment, students advance through the program at their own pace. They receive frequent explanations for their answers, whether the response is right or wrong.

Scores are tracked in a management system that allows instructors to easily view and monitor progress.

We also recommend you look at Essay Punch. Essay Punch guides students through the process of writing a clear and concise essay.

Built-in prompts guide students while they work. Finished works are easy for learning specialists to review.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Process Writing

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: ESL Students

Competency: Below Level

Do you have anything that would help me teach pre-writing with technology (i.e. laptop)? I plan to do brainstorming, organizing, etc. with my class.

 

ANSWER:

We’ve helped many teachers teach pre-writing with their classes.

Our most popular program for this purpose are Starter Paragraph Punch and Paragraph Punch.  The Punch programs are interactive writing tutorials in which students learn to present information in a clear and concise manner.

The programs guide students step-by-step through the process of completing a written work. Steps to complete work include brainstorming, organizing, editing and proofreading.  Student work is stored at various stages of development in an online portfolio accessible to students and teachers.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Special Education

Competency: Below Level

I am a special education teacher at the elementary level. My district is looking into buying some new online reading programs. The levels of the students vary, with a large portion of the students having autism. Any suggestions/recommendations would be very helpful!

 

ANSWER:

Merit Software has helped many special needs children with their reading comprehension.

Our most popular programs for this purpose are Reading Skill Builder and the Intensive Reading Web Suite.

Reading Skill Builder helps students master specific reading skills: vocabulary, sequence, main idea, fact-opinion, factual recall and inference. Built-in hints and tips support students while they work.  Scores are automatically tracked in an easy-to-use management console.

The Intensive Reading Web Suite contains several Merit products for reading comprehension and vocabulary, including Reading Skill Builder.

Each products’ web page has a full-working demo (no login required) along with implementation ideas and pricing.

Good luck!

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Other

Grade Level: Adult

Competency: Below Level

Working with several students who need to retake the Accuplacer reading test at our college. Do you have practice materials we can use to help them? Must cover a wide range of content and reading levels.

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for contacting Merit. We’ve worked with many community colleges to help their students pass the Accuplacer reading test.

Our best products for this purpose are Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades and Vocabulary Super Stretch.

Both programs cover a large span of skill levels with content designed for older users. Students receive built-in hints and tips while they work and advance as they demonstrate readiness. All the while learner progress is automatically tracked in an easy-to-use management console.

Each products’ web page contains free demos (no login required), pricing, and implementation ideas.

Let us know if you have any questions.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: ESL Students

Competency: Below Level

I speak English fluently, but of course I can’t write as well as a native English speaker. As for most foreigners, my sentence structure is sometimes quite bad, but this is difficult for me to realize. Do you have any advice for improving my sentence structure? Are there any typical mistakes…

 

ANSWER:

We’ve helped many students improve their sentence structure. The best option for this purpose is Grammar Fitness – Intermediate and  Grammar Rules and Review.

Grammar Fitness helps students find common usage, diction and punctuation errors in sentences. Automatic explanations teach students while they work. Pre-tests and post-tests help students and tutors monitor individual progress.

Grammar Rules and Review is more of an interactive glossary – covering 10 common grammar issues for intermediate and advanced English language learners.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: Special Education

Competency: Below Level

My 15 year-old daughter takes essay writing and reading comprehension assessment tests that require her to read and then write an essay and answer questions about what she read. She has a terrible time writing essays or essay answers, and getting what she wants to say from her head to her paper. She has ADD and is struggling with writing essays, especially those on the standardized assessment tests. What programs or software can you recommend?

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for contacting Merit. We’ve helped many students who struggle with essay writing and reading comprehension.

Our most popular products for this purpose are Essay Punch and Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades.

Essay Punch guides students, step-by-step, through the writing process. It models how to write persuasive, informative, and narrative essays. Built-in hints and tips support students while they work.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades provides close reading activities in a series of inference and main idea questions. Context clues help students as they read.

Good luck!

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Other

Grade Level: Adult

Competency: Below Level

We are dealing with many students who have trouble passing the Accuplacer sentence skills and essay writing tests. We want to provide a useful way students can practice their skills. Can you help us?

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for contacting Merit. We’ve worked with many colleges to help their students pass the Accuplacer sentence skills and essay writing test.

Our best products for this purpose are Grammar Fitness Advanced and Essay Punch

Both programs cover a large span of skill levels with content designed for older users. Students receive built-in hints and tips while they work and advance as they demonstrate readiness. All the while learner progress is automatically tracked in an easy-to-use management console.

Each products’ web page contains free demos (no login required), pricing, and implementation ideas.

Let us know if you have any questions.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: ESL Students

Competency: At Level

I’m a non-native English teacher and what I do every day is explain English grammar & vocabulary and correct my students’ mistakes. As I’ve been doing it for several years, I know typical mistakes that people of my language can make. But unfortunately, I know nothing about typical mistakes that natives can make when they 1) learn English at school, 2) speak the language just in life. Do you have a way to explain typical mistakes and help my students learn not to make them?

 

ANSWER:

Our most popular program for this purpose is Grammar Fitness. It helps students learn to master troublesome points of English grammar, usage and diction.

The Grammar Fitness exercises cover a wide span of grammar concepts from beginning to advanced levels. The program’s built-in tutoring and scoring features create a personal grammar improvement experience for each student and monitor progress for instructors.