IdeaChain is designed to improve reading (and listening) comprehension.
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Find out why someone's mind jumps all over when they read -- and they end up with only pieces of the story.

How IdeaChain can -- and cannot -- help you improve reading comprehension.

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Gets parts of a story, lesson or idea but not the whole idea or concept

Children & Youths
(6 - 18 years old)

  • When finished reading, cannot tell the main idea or summarize the story.
    May not even be able to summarize a paragraph -- or -- may do well on short readings, but not be able to connect larger amounts of text.

  • When looking for answers to questions, needs to be able to match some of the words in the question with those in the story in order to find an answer.
    Later on, if the question is phrased differently , it seems like a whole new question.

  • On tests, may respond to questions with answers that seem unrelated to the question.

  • Even if a question refers to something that happened at the end a lesson or story, looks for the answer throughout the whole story.

  • May have a good memory for isolated facts, but doesn't organize them well when retelling a story.

  • Has difficulty sequencing events in a story or lesson.

  • Poor at drawing conclusions and inferences.

  • Weak at distinguishing fact and opinion.

  • Plot and theme are concepts that are weak or may not be understood at all.

  • Does NOT read for pleasure!

(College/University, Graduate School, Working)

  • When reading, has to constantly re-read material to get the basic facts. Frequently distracted or progressively more sleepy as tries to read.

  • In conversation, frequently has the sense that others have a better grasp of ideas and current events -- or that a conversation has moved off without them. At these times feels the need to maintain a low profile.

  • In test situations, frequently misinterprets the meaning of questions.

  • In meetings, leaves feeling uncomfortable that didn't pick up all the ideas expressed. Has to do follow-up outside the meeting to collect all the ideas.

  • Has difficulty being understood when making reports and issuing longer memos (unless the ideas are edited by someone else.)

  • Training situations are uncomfortable. Frequently the training material is presented at a pace that cannot be absorbed or is poorly understood.

  • Can follow directions when shown what to do, but has difficulty if the directions are given orally.

  • Rarely reads for pleasure.

  • Very uncomfortable speaking to groups (without major preparation) because of the difficulty in being understood.

Learn how to understand what you read so you can summarize, make inferences and draw conclusions -- and be a successful learner!

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