For ways to learn more, to learn faster, and to remember for longer, read 16 Learner Tips (PDF, 66.98 KB).
Technology and Literacy
Technology and literacy go together for PAR learners. PAR’s volunteer computer instructors work in the lab in the PAR office with learners to help prepare them for today’s jobs. Learners also practice using email, the keyboard, and the internet. They can use learning programs to practice what they have learned in tutoring sessions.
Tips for Using Computers
If you are using a computer during tutoring sessions or on days that you do not meet with a tutor, here are some ideas that may help.
- Talk to your computer and repeat what it says. Sitting quietly is not as good as repeating.
- If it is hard to write on the computer, write your message down on paper first. Then when you get to the computer, you can copy what you already wrote.
- Check out Mousercise for help using a mouse.
- If you are writing an email or a document in Microsoft Word, save it every few minutes.
- Open a free email account and then send your tutor an email 1 or 2 times a week for computer and writing practice.
- Nourish: videos about food and healthful choices
- Ask Me 3 (PDF): questions to ask when you see your doctor
- Florida Literacy Coalition: information on staying healthy, women's health, and stress
- MedlinePlus: health information that is easy to read
- Check restaurant nutrition calculators online (example: Panera Bread, PDF)
- Project Read San Francisco
- Marshall Adult Education: read and hear stories
- U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: citizenship practice tests
- San José Public Library: resources on becoming a citizen
- Literacy Works: brush up on science, money management, health, and other things
- USA Learns
- Voice of America: Read and listen to news stories on many subjects. The website will even read the story very slowly
Everyday Reading, Writing, and Listening
- Driving Tests: take practice DMV tests
- Everyday Life Project: practice using an ATM, reading a food label, or looking at tax information
- TV 411: helps you practice reading, writing, and math in many areas. Just click on each slide to move forward in the lesson
- ProLiteracy: play games and practice activities
- Practice Application: fill out this practice application from the Job Search Toolkit
- Practice Money Skills: learn to manage money with these worksheets
- ESL Podcast: build your listening skills
- Learning Express: Sign up for tests and classes. Review materials to build your skills. Use your San José Public Library card to open a free account.