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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: Self / Adult

Grade Level: ESL Students

Competency: Below Level

I live in the UAE. I need English grammar online help. Can you help me?

 

ANSWER:

We’ve helped many UAE students improve their English grammar skills.

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

Grammar Fitness 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.

Paragraph Punch is an interactive writing tutorial in which students learn to present information in a clear and concise manner. The program guides students step-by-step through the process of completing a written work.

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: 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 is in 6th grade. Reading comprehension is a struggle. In the past, we have sent him to Huntington Learning Center to work with a tutor. Now he tells me he is too embarrassed to continue going. Can your online reading comprehension software be used by parents at home? Does a tutor need to oversee his work?

 

ANSWER:

Merit’s online reading comprehension products are a great alternative to going to tutoring centers such as Huntington. Work on improving reading skills is best done on one’s own, without a tutor hovering over.

With Merit, students get immediate descriptive and immediate feedback and support while using the software. The best programs for this purpose are Reading Skill Builder and Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading.

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 – Advanced. 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: 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: 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: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Self / Adult

Grade Level: Adult

Competency: Below Level

I’m 30 years old and returning to school. I need to write better. How can you help me?

 

ANSWER:

Merit has helped many adults returning to school sharpen their writing skills.

Take a look at Paragraph Punch and Grammar Fitness Intermediate.

Paragraph Punch guides learners step-by-step through the writing process. Grammar Fitness helps students master troublesome concepts in grammar.

Additional ideas can be found in the adult learning section of our web site.