English Derivations

scrib or script (write)

Scripture, inscribe, inscription, manuscript (manu = hand, "written by hand"), conscription, nondescript voc (call) ped (foot)

vocation, invoke, vociferous, vocabulary, advocate, revoke, provoke pedestrian, pedal, biped (two-footed), quadruped (four-footed), pedestal, impediment, impede chron (time)

chronological, chronicle (a record of events in time), anachronism (ana = against, "out of proper time sequence"), chronic cosm (world, universe)

cosmos, cosmic, cosmopolitan (citizen of the world), cosmonaut, microcosm (miniature world), macrocosm, cosmogony (theory of the universe's origin)

dem (people)

democracy, epidemic, endemic (typical of one group of people), pandemic (general), demography (statistics about people), demogogue geo (earth)

geography, geometry (earth-measurement), geocentric (earth centered), geology (study of the earth), geochemistry, geophysics graph (write)

graph, graphics, graphology, phonograph (sound-writing, photography (light-writing), cartography (map-writing)

biography, biology, biochemistry, autobiography, biopsy, antibiotic psyche, psychology, psychic, psychopath (path = suffering, mind-sufferer), psychosomatic, psychedelic, psychosis

Other common roots are phil (love; philosophy = love of wisdom), soph (wisdom), pan (all; as in Pan-American), scop (see), phon (sound), cred (believe), and sent (feel, as in sentiment, sensory). Some Greek, and Latin prefixes are bi (two), ex (out), mal (bad), post (after), super (above), tele (far, distant), pre (before), ante (before). Two very common suffixes are metry (measurement) and logy (study of).

It is important to understand how skills are developed. The process of attaining or developing a skill is always the same. The skill being developed could be anything from playing a musical instrument, driving a car, karate, hitting a baseball or reading. The common denominator in learning even the primary skills of crawling and walking, is practice. Every attempt made at a new skill is an experience recorded by the subconscious mind with the result that every attempt, whether successful or not, is a valuable learning experience. It is essential that you fail a few times on your quest for success at mastering a new skill. You would never have learned to crawl or walk if you had not kept trying after many "failures." When a skill is finally mastered, it can be performed without conscious thought. Once you learned to ride a bicycle, you could do so easily without thinking about the skills required.

The development of any skill is always learned a step at a time. Each step can be mastered easily. At times, in the development of a complex skill, a level of development is reached that seems especially difficult to get past. It may seem as if the skill just can't be performed any better. However, if you continue to practice the skill, all of a sudden the next step will seem within easy reach. Further attempts will require less effort to attain successful results. REMEMBER: It is not the task itself that gets easier with practice but rather the ability to perform the task has become perfected.

If you do not practice regularly, your reading skills diminish. If you practice ineffectively and sporadically, at best your skill development and your performance will follow an up and down pattern. (See Illust. 6 and 7). These illustrations illustrate the development pattern of the reading skill if you practice regularly (Illust.. 6) and if you practice irregularly (Illust. 7).

With Regular Practice

With Regular Practice

(Illust. No. 6)

With Irregular Practice

You have briefly used and have been instructed in the usage of the Metronome Practice Tape. The importance of using the Metronome Tape cannot be overemphasized. The steady beat of the metronome develops the fluid, smooth movement so essential to relaxed reading and to improved reading skills. At slower speed, or beats, you will probably be getting full comprehension. This is good! If you are to increase the ability to read, you must push yourself beyond the limits of your present abilities. You are instructed to stay with the beat. When the beat slows down, you will find yourself seeing, and then reading, two lines at a time. Try to do this, but always stay with the beat. When you are able to see two lines at a time, when the beat picks up, you will find that you can actually see two lines at a time at faster speeds. When you gain this ability, your reading speed and understanding will both begin to climb very rapidly. With this one step, you automatically double the speed at which you are reading, and still you are staying with the beat of the metronome. Push yourself when you practice until you are uncomfortable. Your comfort level will continue to rise.

Continue reading here: Begin With The Hand

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