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10 Tips to Improve Your Reading Comprehension - Improve Your Reading Part I. Connect with America. Mission Statement CSAL is committed to understanding reading-related characteristics that are critical to helping adult learners reach their reading goals and to developing instructional approaches that are tailored to adult learners’ needs and interests.

CSAL General Overview Each year, nearly 3 million Americans enroll in adult literacy programs to improve their basic skills, and some estimates suggest the need is even greater. Adults in these programs want to increase their literacy skills to improve aspects of their work, family, social, and civic lives. However, we do not completely understand their underlying reading-related strengths and weaknesses, nor do we know the best curricula and teaching approaches to help them reach their reading goals. Institutions Funding for this Center comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Accessibility Policy. Are You a Learner? We have a lot of great things for you to read!

Are You a Learner?

There are easier, medium, and harder stories. Everyone is different. You might find some harder stories easier to read because you know a lot about the subject. You might also find that some easier stories may not be so easy because they have words that you find hard to read. We hope you try reading all kinds of stories! Click on the blue word to find EASIER, MEDIUM, or HARDER stories to read. VocabSushi: The better way to build your vocabulary. Glogin?mobile=1&URI= The Power of 'Good Enough' — Atlantic Mobile. How settling can make people happier and more satisfied than gunning for "the best" Over a decade ago, psychologist Barry Schwartz published what might be the ultimate psychological life-hacking tome, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.​

The Power of 'Good Enough' — Atlantic Mobile

In it, Schwartz argues that the modern world's smorgasbord of options—Brawny or Bounty? Coke Zero or Diet? Major in sociology or anthropology? —makes us less happy, not more. The book spawned the usual TED talks and counterintuitive Internet takes. Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. The Fury Over Chirlane McCray’s Trousers. The Fury Over Chirlane McCray’s Trousers. To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This. 99 Tiny Stories to Make You Think, Smile and Cry. Popular 4th Grade Books. The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time. We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation.

The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time

In the… We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In the likes of Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen, they’ve produced characters and conceits that have become the currency of our pop-culture discourse—and inspired some of our best writers to contribute to the genre. To honor the best books for young adults and children, TIME compiled this survey in consultation with respected peers such as U.S. Does Nature Make Us Happy? Marilyn Price-Mitchell In today’s age of high technology, research shows that our hunger for the natural world still endures.

Does Nature Make Us Happy?

In fact, our connections with nature could just be the best medicine for people of all ages—improving our health, happiness, and well-being. Those same connections could also heal the planet. Visualize the Good and the Bad. The Positive Power of Negative Thinking. But Mr.

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

Robbins and his acolytes have little time for physics. To them, it’s all a matter of mind-set: cultivate the belief that success is guaranteed, and anything is possible. One singed but undeterred participant told The San Jose Mercury News: “I wasn’t at my peak state.” What if all this positivity is part of the problem? What if we’re trying too hard to think positive and might do better to reconsider our relationship to “negative” emotions and situations? Consider the technique of positive visualization, a staple not only of Robbins-style seminars but also of corporate team-building retreats and business best sellers. Or take affirmations, those cheery slogans intended to lift the user’s mood by repeating them: “I am a lovable person!” Even goal setting, the ubiquitous motivational technique of managers everywhere, isn’t an undisputed boon. Though much of this research is new, the essential insight isn’t.

Mr. Reading Practice. Reading. 10 Great Novels About the Immigrant Experience. This week saw the release of Karolina Waclawiak’s debut novel How to Get Into the Twin Palms, a wonderful little book that made us fall in love with the idea of the immigrant novel all over again.

10 Great Novels About the Immigrant Experience

A Polish émigré herself, Waclawiak’s tale is a twist on the traditional coming-to-America novel, her heroine an immigrant trying to pass as another kind of immigrant, testing the waters, in the LA heat. But off-center as it may be, the book got us thinking about some of our favorite novels about the immigrant experience, a few of which we’ve collected here — read through our list of great fictional immigrant and émigré stories after the jump, and as ever, if we’ve missed your own favorite, please add it to our list in the comments!