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QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: Below Level

Does your interactive English learning software teach someone how to become better at English writing and grammar? Or, does it tell a user when a sentence they have written was not done correctly? I need something interactive that will help me with grammar and writing. Can your English learning software help me?

 

ANSWER:

Merit Software has helped many people improve their English skills.

Our most popular programs for this purpose are Grammar Fitness and Paragraph Punch.

Grammar Fitness helps students cope with troublesome points of grammar. They learn to recognize and correct conventional errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation.

Paragraph Punch is an interactive writing tutorial. It guides learners step-by-step through process of writting a well organized paragraph.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: Below Level

What do you suggest I do to get my boys excited about reading? Our boys are scoring about 50% lower than our girls on the reading portion of our standardized tests, and I have been given the task of trying to get those scores up. Thank you.

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for your inquiry. We’ve helped many teachers get their students excited about reading. Our most popular program for this purpose is Reading Comprehension Booster. It provides high interest, lower level material that helps students improve their reading comprehension, as well as increase and utilize their reading skills.

I also suggest you look at Reading Skill Builder. It has a variety of reading activities (vocabulary-in-context, main idea, author’s purpose, etc.) that help students transition to read at higher levels. The program has explanations for each answer and provides a lot of support for struggling readers.

Both programs are designed for students who read at 3rd through 5th grade levels.

Good luck!

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: “” etc. I am out of ideas. “

Submitted by: Elementary School

Grade Level: We’ve helped many Texas teachers prepare their students for the 4th grade TAKS writing test.

Both Starter Paragraph Punch and Paragraph Punch guide users through the steps of writing a clear, well-organized, paragraph. Using pre-set prompts, students are lead through pre-writing, organizing, revising, editing and publishing. Personalized tips throughout encourage writing that is concise and comprehensible to the reader.

Competency: Process Writing

Do you have any topic suggestions that are similar to the TAKS writing prompt? Since they changed the test to TAKS from TAAS, the prompts have usually been about the student. “Write about an adventure

 

ANSWER:

“” “”Write about your best day

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Help with all Subjects

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: At Level

I am looking for WASL practice activities that I can use at home with my kids. Do you have any resources that can help me? I am also a teacher. If I like your products, I can recommend them to my principal.

 

ANSWER:

Merit’s Language Arts and Math software programs correlate to Washington’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements and can help students prepare for the WASL assessments. The content and format of Merit’s programs can help students develop and strengthen their test-taking skills as well as their reading, writing and math skills.

Merit reading software has been proven — through rigorous, scientifically based research — to increase both student reading comprehension and standardized test scores. Merit research study findings reveal that education software is an effective tool to improve test scores and academic performance.

Our best products for WASL preparation are the Basic Skills Pack and the Intermediate Skills Pack.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: Below Level

I am a community college student. This is my third semester attending college. I need help with my writing skills.

 

ANSWER:

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

Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch are our most popular programs for this purpose. They are both 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.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: At Level

My son is having trouble understanding improper and equivalent fractions. Can you help him?

 

ANSWER:

We’ve helped many students learn improper and equivalent fractions.

Our best program for this purpose is Fraction Shape-Up. It teaches students, step-by-step, the ways to work with fractions. Concepts covered include comparing fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions, equivalent fractions, ordering fractions, dealing with different denominators, and combining fractions.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Process Writing

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: At Level

taking college online and needs help with writing an essay

 

ANSWER:

We can help you with that. We have helped many students to improve their writing skills.

Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch are our most popular programs for this purpose. They are both 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.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Process Writing

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: Below Level

I’m a first time college student that need help with writing paragraphs and essays. Can you help me?

 

ANSWER:

We can help you with that. We have helped many students to improve their writing skills.

Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch are our most popular programs for this purpose. They are both 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.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Early Education

Competency: Below Level

I am working with basic developmental and developmental remedial students at a college.

 

ANSWER:

Thank you for your interest in Merit Software. Merit Software offers a variety of titles that can be used with students in remedial courses. Take a look at the Intermediate Skills Pack and Language Arts Bundle for College Prep. Both bundles cover a range of skill levels to help remedial college students.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: High School

Competency: Below Level

I have a 9th grade son who is ADD -inattentive. He is having trouble with reading comprehension. What would you recommend?

 

ANSWER:

Thank you for contacting us. Merit Software has helped many students with ADD improve their reading comprehension skills and I’m sure we can do the same for your son.

Our best programs for this purpose are Reading Skill Builder and Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading.

Reading Skill Builder finds gaps and provides instruction in specific reading skills. Concepts covered include – vocabulary, sequence, fact-opinion, factual recall, inference, and author’s purpose.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their ability to make inferences.