A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to visit a practice in Glasgow, Scotland.
They were a local practice, and had an impressive array of different products available, such as a handbook on spell-checking and a set of practice templates that could be used to test yourself.
I wanted to try the latest and greatest, but when I got in the office one of the members of staff gave me a stern look when I suggested I could use a more modern spelling test.
He explained that the tests were not designed to take a test-taker’s handwriting in the right place, and he also noted that they were not calibrated to accurately determine the spelling level.
That’s understandable, but they do give us a snapshot of what is going on in the individual practice room, and they’re designed to be used as a guide to what can be achieved by a practicer.
“It’s a good thing,” I said to the other member of staff, who was slightly embarrassed by the response.
“I can’t think of a better test.”
He had an excellent point, and I’ve been using them in my practice for a while now, and it has proved to be one of my most reliable and effective tools for spelling.
My own test is still in beta, but the basic concept is that you write a letter with your fingers, and then a test is administered to see how well you can repeat it, using the same hand and finger.
While I was using the tests, I noticed a subtle difference in my spelling.
For the first time, I was able to spell a word correctly.
My handwriting wasn’t as perfect, but I was still able to make the letter I wanted.
The biggest challenge in my case is how I’m trying to learn the new spelling.
In my old practice, I’d have to memorize the words I was trying to spell, but now I can focus on a single word and then repeat it.
This takes away a great deal of the focus of what I was doing during practice.
This is a tricky skill to master.
You can learn how to do it correctly by practicing in a new way, but if you’re not prepared for that, it can be hard to stay focused and keep improving.
So, what can you do to improve your ability to spell?
The first thing to do is find a new word that sounds good.
I can always use a new, catchy word when I’m practising, and so I try to create a new name for the word when it comes up, or to add something that sounds like it could come from the word.
I’ll also add a note to my practice sheet, explaining why I’m using that word, and why I think it’s appropriate.
Another way to improve is to use a different tool, such a pen or paper, or a pen and paper with a different set of words.
It’s important to note that spelling with a new tool doesn’t mean you can’t still make the spelling you want, and the more you practise with the new tools, the better you’ll be able to spot the mistakes.
If you’re struggling to spell correctly, I recommend looking at a few other spelling tests.
A word search on Google or your local library can be a good way to test your understanding of a word.
Or, if you know the words in a particular book or magazine, there are many online spell checkers to help you out.
Lastly, a good spelling test can help you understand how a word sounds.
What are your tips for improving your spell-reading ability?
I’d love to hear about your experiences with spell-testing in general, and any tips you’ve found to help improve your spelling.