Research Proves That The Copy, Cover, Compare Method Is Still An Optimal Way To Learn Spelling, Announces eReflect

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One of the tried and tested ways of learning something is through copying and repetition. eRflect found a study done on children with special abilities and its very concept also proves to be extremely effective when it comes to developing their spelling abilities.

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Learners really do find it easier to remember how to spell correctly if they base their practice on repetition

Spelling is never as simple as it looks. For those who already have a firm grasp on language and reading, spelling skills generally develop naturally. However, for those who are starting to learn spelling and who already have problems with reading, it can prove to be a daunting task.

A lot of this has to do with the fact that the skill of spelling does not merely rely on being familiar with the word, and knowing what it looks like. The speller must also know how it sounds, and how the syllables work. For a child just beginning school, especially if they don't have a solid basis in the language, this can turn out to be a most difficult challenge.

A study conducted by a group of researchers from Gonzaga University focused on finding out if the well-known Copy, Cover, Compare (CCC) method is still effective in teaching children how to learn spelling. The subject of their research study was a 9-year-old autistic female student, who underwent a week-long series of spelling tests using CCC.

The method presented the student with three columns: the first one showed the word itself, the second column was left blank for her to copy the word while looking at the first column, and the third column (for the “cover” part of the test) for the step where the student would rewrite the word based on her memory of it, after covering up the first two columns. If the student couldn't accurately spell the word from memory, she had to write it out several times in a practice notebook. A few days after a series of practice spelling activities, another test on the words in the CCC list was given to the student, and the results compared with the spelling activities done in the first round of tests. The researchers discovered that the words that the student had written out multiple times had fewer errors, and that her spelling skills increased overall.

In line with this study, Marc Slater of the eReflect, developer of Ultimate Spelling software echoed his approval of this finding. “Learners really do find it easier to remember how to spell correctly if they base their practice on repetition,” he said. “This is why our company has always ensured that the Ultimate Spelling tools we come up with are going to provide a high level of interactivity with the user, so that they are able to practice spelling out the word themselves using multiple methods and repeated presentations of the word.”

For more information about how spelling software can improve spelling performance for you and your family, please visit the official website at

About Ultimate Spelling™

Ultimate Spelling provides a modern and easy to use spelling software that has been designed with one goal in mind – making children WANT to learn.

It is a fast and easy way to master even the most complicated spelling, without the need to write long lists or complete boring tests.

In fact, Ultimate Spelling provides more than just spelling help. It is a complete educational resource that boosts all level of a child’s literacy.

Containing a personal computer tutor, Ultimate Spelling is the most realistic step-by-step guide to flawless spelling ability.

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