A few weeks ago, my students asked me to provide them some tips to enhance their reading skills. Well, the first thing that entered my mind was to use something that they can relate to on a daily basis. I recommended the tools discussed in the article below.

 

5 Great Tools to Improve Students Reading Comprehension Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/09/5-great-tools-to-improve-students.htmlThese tools make use of a variety of activities and exercises all of which are geared towards providing students with meaningful practice in areas related to reading comprehension.

Here are some of the key tools I would recommend to use with your kids and students to improve their reading comprehension skills.

2-Rewordify Rewordify lets you read more, understand more, learn more words, and teach more effectively.

It simplifies English, teaches vocabulary, creates learning materials, and lets you create documents to teach a global audience.

It has many more features, and it’s all free.

3- SpeakIt SpeakIt reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection.

To stop listening at any time click pause 1- Reading Bear Reading Bear is a great tool for helping kids learn to read. Reading Bear integrates both vocabulary practice (over 1200 vocabulary items) and phonetic awareness ( covering different phonetic principles and patterns of written English) into their lessons. Via educatorstechnology.com

I have also provided them some tips including the ones that discussed about focused reading.

Tips for Focused Reading | Magoosh GMAT Blog

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/tips-for-focused-reading/One place in particular where our focus can wain is in the Verbal section. There is so much to read, and so much of it seems uninteresting. But the moment you let that idea slip into your mind, you’ve lost the battle. You need to have a strategy for staying focused and interested, even during the most banal passages.

Let’s look at some ways to stay focused and engaged.

Don’t let the words just wash over you when you read. Engage with them and ask questions about what you are reading. The key is to continually ask questions, to ask the same questions, and change your answer as you read more. Iterate through a set of questions and update the answer as you encounter more information.

For example, you should ask yourself: What’s the purpose of this passage? What’s the main idea? Where’s this going? How does the author feel about all this? Use these questions as a basis for investigating this unknown topic. At first you may want to have these written on a slip of paper to refer to every time you read something—not just passages on the GMAT. As you practice, these questions will be imprinted in your mind, and your reading, out of habit, will involve answering these questions. Via magoosh.com

I enjoy reading and I find it really rewarding to see my students become wide readers too. It can significantly help them improve their vocabulary and get ready for the IELTS test.

If you want to have more information about reading comprehension and skill enhancement, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

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