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This came across my desk this morning from the office of veterans benefits so I thought I would share it. I hope it proves helpful. See the VA website for full details:   "Did you know tutorial assistance is available to help Veterans attending school pay for tutoring necessary to advance your education? Tutorial assistance is available under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if pursuing training at the half-time or greater rate, and have a deficiency in a subject, making tutoring necessary. Available Benefit and Eligibility The monthly rate of tutorial assistance may not exceed the cost of tutoring or $100 per month. The maximum amount payable is $1,200. There is no entitlement charge under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. A student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for tutorial assistance: Rate of pursuit must be at least 50 percent. Must have a deficiency in a course that is part of your approved program. Must be enrolled in the... read more

I recently came across a study from the Netherlands that compared a specialized font for Dyslexia called "Dyslexie" to the widely used "Arial" font in Reading tests. The results of the study showed that overall reading speed was not increased with the Dyslexie font, but some reading errors were improved. Specifically, open and closed vowel errors as well as substitution errors were improved. However, the Dyslexie font actually showed increased errors in complex vowels in females with Dyslexia. The results are inconclusive as to whether the Dyslexie font is better or worse than Arial for helping individuals with Dyslexia. There is still much research to be done. This study only used a total of 43 individuals: 21 with Dyslexia and 22 without. It also only compared the fonts with individual words and not full reading texts. An improvement could be made in including more participants and using longer reading passages to compare the results. To read the... read more

A new study in the journal of Child Development shows that staying up late to cram actually hurts your scores the next day if you are sacrificing sleep to do it. Recommended sleep for teens is between 8.5-9.5 hours/night. It is also recommended that the time that you go to sleep and wake up each day not vary by more than 60-90 min. So set a regular sleep schedule, stick to it, and don't wait until the last minute to study! http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/21/159435167/high-school-daze-the-perils-of-sacrificing-sleep-for-late-night-studying?ec=shots&ps=indexstory

I just read an article from NPR news that reported on a study in the journal of Child Development showing an increase in reading, spelling, and comprehension in preschool students. It compared normal reading of a book out loud to students with a method that made references back to the text while reading out loud. The study showed that, over two years, reading comprehension improved with the method in which the text was emphasized. This shows that early familiarity with the alphabet and printed text is very important to later reading skills. Of course, this is only one tool in our arsenal for improving and even preventing reading difficulties. Parental support and access to books at an early age both help enormously in the battle for literacy. Please see this link for the complete article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/29/153927743/small-change-in-reading-to-preschoolers-can-help-disadvantaged-kids-catch-up?sc=fb&cc=fp

There is no greater honor for a young man or woman than to risk their life in the service of his or her country. Taking the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, can be a daunting experience. But with the right preparation, you can ace the test and move on to what you really want to do: spend three months in boot camp! (Just kidding.) But ultimately, your score on the ASVAB will determine which occupations you qualify for in the military. So if you want to do something other than infantry, and get better pay, you need to make sure you do well. I was lucky enough to do extremely well on the ASVAB my first time around but it is possible to retake the test after a one month waiting period. There is quite a bit of anxiety before and during the test. After all, you feel like you are signing your life away, for the next four to six years anyway. I recommend taking some time off from studying directly before taking the test itself. Relax and get a good night's... read more

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