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9 ways to become a better speller, according to an expert

INSIDER Logo By Lindsay DeMunno of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 10:  Reading is one of the best ways to learn how to spell.Spell check is a great way to learn certain spellings, but shouldn't be relied on entirely. Thanks to spell check, we are in an era of  poor spellers. "People tend to think they don't need to learn how to spell because the computer will do it for them," says Dr. J. Richard Gentry, literary expert and best-selling author.  INSIDER spoke with Dr. Gentry, who has spent over four decades specializing in education, including writing, spelling, reading, and dyslexia. He has also written 12 books, including  "Spelling Connections," an extensive spelling program used for students to become proficient spellers.  Gentry revealed that spelling is critical to learn in kindergarten and first grade, but that you can hone your skills as an adult too. Here are 10 tips on how to become a better speller.

  • Reading is one of the best ways to learn how to spell.
  • Spell check is a great way to learn certain spellings, but shouldn't be relied on entirely.
  • Thanks to spell check, we are in an era of poor spellers.

    "People tend to think they don't need to learn how to spell because the computer will do it for them," says Dr. J. Richard Gentry, literary expert and best-selling author.

    INSIDER spoke with Dr. Gentry, who has spent over four decades specializing in education, including writing, spelling, reading, and dyslexia. He has also written 12 books, including "Spelling Connections," an extensive spelling program used for students to become proficient spellers.

    Gentry revealed that spelling is critical to learn in kindergarten and first grade, but that you can hone your skills as an adult too.

    Here are 10 tips on how to become a better speller.

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