Reading Comprehension - Reasoning Skills - Vocabulary & Spelling - Write Better Essays
In Just 20 Minutes A Day
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Reading Comprehension, Third Edition:
This book is designed to help you improve your reading comprehension skills by studying 20 minutes a day for 20 days. You’ll start with the basics and move on to more complex reading comprehension and critical thinking strategies. Please note that although each chapter can be an effective skill builder on its own, it is important that you proceed through this book in order, from Lesson 1 through Lesson 20. Each lesson builds on skills and ideas discussed in the previous chapters. As you move through this book and your reading skills develop, the passages you read will increase both in length and in complexity.
The book begins with a pretest, which will allow you to see how well you can answer various kinds of reading comprehension questions now, as you begin. When you finish the book, take the posttest to see how much you’ve improved.
The text is divided into four sections, each focusing on a different group of related reading and thinking strategies. These strategies will be outlined at the beginning of each section and then reviewed in a special “putting it all together” final lesson.
Each lesson provides several exercises that allow you to practice the skills you learn. To ensure you’re on the right track, each lesson also provides answers and explanations for all of the practice questions. Additionally, you will find practical suggestions in each chapter for how to continue practicing these skills in your daily life.
The most important thing you can do to improve your reading skills is to become an active reader. The following guidelines and suggestions outlined will familiarize you with active reading techniques.Use these techniques as much as possible as you work your way through the lessons in this book.
Reasoning Skills, Second Edition:
This book is designed to help you improve your critical thinking and reasoning skills in 20 short lessons of 20 minutes a day. If you read one chapter a day,Monday through Friday, and do all the exercises carefully, you should see dramatic improvement in your ability to think critically and to solve problems logically and effectively by the end of your month of study.
Although each lesson is designed to be a skill builder on its own, it is important that you proceed through this book in order, from Lesson 1 through Lesson 20. Like most other skills, critical thinking and reasoning develop in layers. Each lesson in this book builds upon the ideas discussed in those before it.
Each lesson provides several exercises that give you the opportunity to practice the skills you learn throughout the book. To help you be sure you’re on the right track, you’ll also find answers and explanations for these exercise sets. Each lesson also provides practical suggestions for how to continue practicing the taught skills throughout the rest of the day and week—and the rest of your life. In addition, two special review lessons go over the key skills and concepts in each half of the book and provide you with practice applying them in practical, real-life situations.
To help you gauge your progress, this book contains a pretest and a posttest. You should take the pretest before you start Lesson 1. Then, after you’ve finished Lesson 20, take the posttest. The tests contain different questions but assess the same skills, so you will be able to see how much your critical thinking and reasoning skills have improved after completing the lessons in this book.
Vocabulary and Spelling Success, Forth Edition:
The words we use to communicate every day are important in every aspect of our lives. From relaxing, to working, to studying, to taking tests, we use words to share with others how we feel, what we think, and why we think that way.Without words, it is difficult to express our ideas to the rest of the world. The more words we know—the larger our vocabulary—the more clearly we can communicate with others. Our vocabularies reveal our knowledge to the world; therefore, a person with a large vocabulary has the advantage of self-expression.
This book will help you learn the words you need to know to successfully express yourself in school, work, and your personal life. The words in this book have been carefully chosen to help you learn what you need to know to pass any test—from standardized tests, to civil service tests, to college entrance exams, and to professional job interviews—and continue to build your vocabulary, even after you have finished using this book.
In each of the following chapters, you will complete practice exercises that have been created specifically to help you understand words inside out. You will learn pronunciation, spelling, context, definitions, word parts, denotation and connotation, synonyms, and antonyms. The word lists are grouped into categories, so you will be able to associate them with like words and remember them more easily. There is also a crossword puzzle at the beginning of chapters 14–18 to introduce you to the new words before you begin to work on the practice exercises. Then, you can take the Posttest at the end of the book and gauge how much you’ve really learned about words and how you have improved your vocabulary.
Write Better Essays, Second Edition:
You probably can’t even count how many essays you’ve written for your high school classes. There are essays assigned in English and composition classes, history and civics classes, and language classes. Many electives even require essays. If you’re a junior or senior, you know that the stakes for essay writing keep getting higher. You’ll probably have to write one in class as part of an exam, and/or have a large part of your grade based on an essay. But they’re not just worth grades—essays are also a part of high-stakes tests like the ACT, Regents’, and SAT; and they’re required on college applications.
How can you improve your essay-writing skills, not only to get better grades, but also to score higher on tests and boost your chance for admission to the college you’d like to attend? This book offers a step-by-step plan that can be completed in just a few weeks.