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How to Read Civil Grades & Elevations

Civil engineers must sometimes execute plans that reference a particular elevation. For example, a plan might require an engineer to build a wall up to a certain elevation, and no higher. The engineer relies upon several pieces of equipment to calculate elevations to ensure his team executes the plan correctly. The grade rod is a […]



Literacy Specialist Job Description

Literacy specialists, also known as reading specialists, provide a valuable service to beginning and emerging readers. These teachers are specially trained in methods that help children improve their reading skills. Literacy specialists work closely with classroom teachers to design reading programs and provide resources, and identify students in need of extra help. Education and Licensure […]



How to Read a GM Vin Number

GM vehicles, like all other vehicles, have a vehicle identification number (VIN) that provides a unique identifier for each vehicle. The VIN is stamped onto a plate attached to the left side of the vehicle’s dashboard and can be most easily viewed from the outside of the vehicle by looking through the front window. A […]



How to Read the Oil Dipstick in a Honda Accord

Checking your oil on a regular basis keeps your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. A low supply of oil can ruin an engine and having too much oil is detrimental as well. Many experts recommend that you check your oil levels each time you fuel up the car. The Honda Accord uses marks on its […]



How Do I Enable the Fingerprint Reader on My HP Pavilion?

Fingerprint readers, security devices used to keep unauthorized people from logging on to your computer, are available on a variety of computer systems including the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Pavilion. The reader works by placing one of your fingers onto the reader’s scanning device. The fingerprint reader then scans your finger and lets you access your computer. […]



How to Read Electrical Blueprints

When an architect designs a new project, he works with engineers and consultants to create a complete set of blueprints. One section of these drawings, the electrical blueprints, shows how the electrical system of the building is to be constructed. These plans show receptacles, light switches, wires, light fixtures and any other items that need […]



How to Read SDF in Microsoft

A file with the SDF file extension is likely a fixed length, ASCII Structured Data File. The SDF file format is a compacted database normally created using Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition, though Microsoft Access will also create and open SDF files. Microsoft Access is included in most versions of the Microsoft Office productivity suite. […]



How to Read Accordion Sheet Music

Reading accordion music requires a good overall understanding of musical notation. Accordion sheet music is a more specialized form of sheet music than more mainstream musical instruments like trumpet or clarinet. The various styles of accordions share the same basic sheet music except for the more exotic varieties of accordion which have instrument-specific notations. Study […]



What Is a Microfiche Reader?

To understand a microfiche reader, you must understand what microfiche is. Microfiche is a storage medium, similar to microfilm. It is a collection of single sheets of film, filled with tiny images of documents or reports that must be read using a special piece of equipment called a microfiche reader. Microfiche was widely used by […]



How to Read a Quickvue Pregnancy Test

Doctors’ offices often use Quickvue pregnancy tests to confirm early pregnancy results. Many women prefer to get results in the comfort of their own homes, and Quickvue kits can be purchased for home use. This test is considered 99 percent accurate. It can be taken as little as seven days after becoming pregnant. However, most […]



How to Read Bus Time Schedules

Getting around a strange city without a car can be a simple task when you’re equipped with a map of the area’s bus routes. A glance at a bus timetable can leave uninitiated riders scratching their heads trying to decipher a checkerboard of times and places. Finding your destination on the chart along with the […]



How to Read a Scuba Tank

Familiarization with equipment and establishing a regular maintenance routine are habits that ensure a diver’s safety. The scuba or air tank is no exception, and each scuba tank should be visually inspected every two years and complete hydrostatic testing every five to ensure the interior and exterior of the tank are sound enough to support […]



How to Improve Public Speaking by Reading Out Loud

Public speaking can be daunting for many people, especially those who do not have to do it often or who are very shy. Reading aloud is an activity can help improve your public speaking skills and make you more comfortable speaking written words aloud. Whether you have a single speaking engagement or are a frequent […]



High School Reading List of British Authors

The influence of British authors on American culture is undeniable. Some predate the country by centuries, paving the way for and influencing contemporary American men and women of letters. A smattering of British authors made their way onto the high school reading list for the Common Core Standards, adopted in most states as of 2014. […]



How to Read Handbell Notation

Playing in a handbell choir can be a rewarding way for a beginning musician to get involved in a group. Though it requires some music reading ability, you do not need to be an advanced music reader to play. Typically, a handbell player is responsible for two to four notes on a staff of music. […]



How to Read a Pareto Chart

The Pareto rule, often called the 80/20 rule, is a tool for diagnosing a business problem. The rule says that a problem has multiple causes, and that 20 percent of the causes account for 80 percent of the problem. Reading a Pareto chart identifies 20 percent of the causes so that you can correct them […]



How to Keep Awake While Reading

Whether you are studying for an exam or leisurely reading a book, the last thing you want to do is fall asleep. When you get sleepy, it becomes hard to focus and retain the information you are reading. This becomes even more difficult when reading late at night. You can take a number of steps […]



How to Speed-Read

Since so much of what we do involves reading, it’s natural to want to read as quickly and efficiently as possible. By practicing a few simple techniques, you can actually do a rather speedy job of learning to speed-read. Assess Your Current Reading Skills Choose two consecutive pages of material that is new but similar […]



How to Improve College Reading Skills in 10 Steps

Have you ever sat and read the same sentence in a textbook over and over without getting anything from it? Now that you’re in college, the information you get from reading textbooks is often necessary for your success on tests. That’s why knowing how to approach reading for college is important. The following steps will […]