good books for adults learning to read


How to Read New York Parking Signs

New York has some of the strictest parking laws around, especially in New York City. The signs are sometimes confusing and can lead to parking tickets when the driver doesn’t realize that the space is not available for parking. Reading the signs and understanding what they mean is very important to avoiding tickets and traffic […]



How to Read the Lines on a Heart Monitor

You may not be a cardiologist, but you can glean a certain amount of information from the lines on an electrocardiogram (EKG). Still, it’s important to leave the true reading and diagnosis to trained healthcare providers whose profession it is to detect abnormal sinus rhythms. Deciphering peaks and valleys Compare your EKG to the normal […]



How to Know If You Need Eye Glasses

Knowing whether you need eyeglasses can be challenging if you do not know the signs to look for. If you have trouble seeing or difficulty focusing, it may be time to consider whether you need eyeglasses. But there are more subtle signs you may not know about that can help let you know if you […]



How to Read a Navionics Card on a PC

Reading a Navionics card from the comfort of your personal computer enables you to check your Navionics maps from home. Accomplish this by using a USB-compatible Navionics map card reader that enables you to connect your Navionics map card to your computer's USB ports. The linking process typically takes less than five minutes to complete. […]



How to Read Tatting Abbreviations

Here’s the key to reading the abbreviations used in a tatting pattern. Recognize the basics: r(s) = ring(s); ch(s) = chain(s); p(s) = picot(s). Picots can be: sm p = small picot; lg p = large picot; or designated by just a – (dash) = picot. Learn the verbs: j = join; cl = close; […]



How to Read Cell Phone SIM Memory

You can retrieve contacts, rescue deleted text messages and organize your phone’s memory with a SIM card reader. Most activity on your cell phone is stored on your Subscriber Identity Module, or SIM, card. Every phone has a SIM card because it stores the subscriber key that identifies the mobile user. Once you buy a […]



How to Read a Diode or Resistor

Diodes ensure that current flows in just one direction. Resistors control how much current flows through a circuit. Both are marked with colored stripes that mean nothing to a person who doesn’t understand how to read them. Here’s how to decipher the markings. Look for the marking – a colored stripe – on the diode […]



How to Read the Copyright Page of a Book

The copyright page of a book is full of pertinent information about what the book is, who wrote it, where and when it was published and how you can obtain additional copies of the publication. The concept of the legal copyright began in the year 1710 in Great Britain. Since then, publishers of books have […]



My GE Refrigerator Thermistor Has a Bad Ohm Reading

GE refrigerators use thermistors to monitor temperature in order to keep refrigerator compartments at certain temperatures. A malfunctioning thermistor will prevent your GE refrigerator from cycling properly and can cost you money or ruin your food over time. The easiest way to test a thermistor is with an ohmmeter, which measures the electrical resistance of […]



How to Read MRI Results of the Cervical Spine

Since the first successful nuclear magnetic resonance experiment in 1946, magnetic resonance imaging has slowly evolved from a means of scientific experimentation to an adjunct and alternative to x-rays and other ionizing-radiation imaging. MRI provides better body-tissue contrast and can be adapted to accommodate many imaging techniques, including those used to diagnose spinal-cord abnormalities. A […]



How to Read an Engineer’s Elevation Pole

An engineer’s elevation pole, better known as a grade rod, has large marks indicating feet and inches, making it easy to read from a distance. You can also extend them for taking readings at elevations much lower than where the builder’s level is set. The task of finding elevations is relative in nature, which means […]



How to Read a CAPTCHA

A CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, is used by websites to prevent automated computer scripts from making frivolous communications. That way, only humans can access the website. In an effort to stay ahead of technology, CAPTCHAs have become more complex and frustrating. Here are some tips on […]



How to Read an Underarm Temperature With a Digital Thermometer

Axillary, or underarm, temperature reading, although commonly used, is the least accurate method. For infants, you should use the rectal method, which is the most accurate, as even a slight fever in a newborn can prove to be very dangerous. For anyone over three months of age, an axillary reading is sufficient, if done properly. […]



How to Use a Dwell Meter Reading

A dwell meter measures the amount of time that the points remain closed or “dwell together” when an engine is running. These specifications only apply to vehicles that were made using the old points/plug/condenser ignition. Modern vehicles that use electronic ignition no longer have points, so these steps are not applicable. Dwell figures for any […]



How to Read a Water Meter

Knowing how to read your water meter can help you detect leaks, as well as help you monitor your household’s water use on a daily or weekly basis. Most meters resemble a clock face with an inset odometer, although older models have faces with six small dials and the newest models are digital. All read […]



Normal Blood Pressure Reading for Men

Blood pressure is an important fixture of health diagnosis for men as they get older. If levels are high, a number of health risks can show up, so it is important to know what a normal blood pressure reading is and how to work to maintain low blood pressure through exercise and diet. What Is […]



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 […]