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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: ESL Students

Competency: Below Level

Hi, do you have Beginners English online resources?

 

ANSWER:

We’ve helped many beginning English students. One of our most popular programs for this purpose is the online version of Grammar Fitness.

Grammar Fitness helps students learn to master troublesome points of English grammar. It covers a wide span of grammar concepts and provides personal feedback while students work. A built-in tracking system allows teachers to monitor pupil progress.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: Special Education

Competency: Below Level

My son has Aspergers but is having difficulties with Reading Comprehension. I am looking for a way to supplement his school work. His teacher isn’t helping. Any suggestions are welcome.

 

ANSWER:

Merit has helped many Asperger kids improve their comprehension skills.

Our most popular programs for this purpose are Reading Comprehension Booster and Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading.

With both programs students work with exercises to determine main idea, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Context clues help readers when they encounter trouble. Automatic scoring tracks pupil progress.

Reading Comprehension Booster is for reading levels 3.0 through 5.0. Developing Critical Thinking Skills is for reading levels 5.0 through 8.0.

Good luck!

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

I’m looking for some advanced ESL grammar activities. Can you help me?

 

ANSWER:

We’ve helped many advanced ESL students improve their grammar skills. Our most popular program for this purpose is Grammar Fitness. It helps students master troublesome points of English grammar. It covers a wide span of grammar concepts and provides personal feedback while students work.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Special Education

Competency: Below Level

For many years we had used a reading program called Diascriptive Reading. It no longer being updated by the company that made it. Do you have something similar we can use in its place?

 

ANSWER:

We have helped many students improve their reading comprehension skills. Similarly to Diascriptive Reading, Merit reading programs are both diagnostic and prescriptive.

Our most popular programs for these purposes are Reading Skill Builder and Developing Critical Thinking Skills For Effective Reading.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills is designed for students wit reading levels 5.0 through 11.0. The software helps students improve reading comprehension.

Reading Skill Builder is designed students with reading levels 3.0 through 8.0. The software helps students master specific reading skills: main idea, vocabulary, sequence, fact-opinion, factual recall, and inference.

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: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: ESL Students

Competency: Below Level

Hi, I am looking for a way to teach grammar not to children, but to adults. 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: Teacher

Grade Level: Special Education

Competency: Below Level

Working with EC kids who need common core writing and grammar help. I am applying for a grant to purchase software. How can you help me?

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for your inquiry. We have helped many students to improve their writing and grammar skills.

Our most popular program for this purpose is Starter Paragraph Punch. The program helps students develop their paragraph writing skills. Students learn how to write an effective paragraph-through reason, detail, sequence, example, and cause and effects.

Grammar Fitness may also be useful. It helps students cope with troublesome points of grammar.