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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: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Administrator

Grade Level: Adult

Competency: Below Level

We run a GED program. Clients we serve have been out of school for a long time. We are seeing lots of deficits in basic skills. Math and writing are big problem areas. How can you help?

 

ANSWER:

Adult students frequently need to review many concepts that they were previously taught.

Merit math products are excellent programs to help older students overcome basic skills deficits. They are step-by-step tutorials that help students master specific skills. Math concepts are broken down to understandable steps.

Merit writing products guide students through the writing process. Most older students catch up with the writing skills quickly after using it.

Progress are automatically tracked in an easy-to-use monitoring system.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: ESL Students

Competency: Below Level

Hi, I am looking for a way to teach grammar to intermediate ESL adult students, not to children. Can you help me?

 

ANSWER:

We’ve helped many adult ESL intermediate students improve their English grammar. Our most popular resource for this purpose is Grammar Fitness. It helps students learn to master troublesome points of English grammar. The program covers a wide span of grammar concepts and provides personal feedback while students work. Built-in tracking allows instructors to monitor progress and track scores.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: ESL Students

Competency: Below Level

Do you have interactive online English exercises to help me improve my grammar?

 

ANSWER:

Our most popular program for this purpose is Grammar Fitness. It provides interactive, online English grammar exercises. The exercises cover a wide span of grammar concepts. The program’s built-in tutoring and scoring features create a personal grammar improvement experience for each student.

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: Help with all Subjects

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Adult

Competency: Below Level

I run a learning lab at a drug and rehabilitation center. The center just got a grant to purchase new computers. It needs new software too.

Our clients have a wide range of academic skill deficiencies. Several are high school graduates who need to get back into the workforce. Their academic skills have faded from lack of use.

The center does not have the resources to provide classes and one-on-one tutoring for everyone. Do you have self-directed learning materials suitable for adults?

 

ANSWER:

Merit has been successfully used in many adult learning environments. The software provides a nice variety of learning activities covering a broad range of skill levels.

Merit has a clear, clean interface and the content is not juvenile. Built-in progress monitoring allows students to advance when they demonstrate readiness. Tutors may monitor users’ scores and work to help keep learners on track.

The best Merit product for your purpose is the Complete English Web Suite. This program has self-directed materials for reading comprehension, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. The materials range from a 3rd through 12th grade-equivalent level.

There are full-working samples (no login required), pricing options, and implementation ideas on the Complete English Web Suite web page.

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: 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: 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.