Spelling teachers and students try to get it right the first time but invariably end up spending a lot of time trying to correct bad spelling habits that somehow develop. Or, they just give up altogether.
Because these errors were not corrected early, and were repeated over and over (i.e., practiced), many spelling errors quickly develop into bad habits and are then much harder to eradicate. For example, some people always write "recieve" instead of "receive".
We all know that old habits die hard and many spelling errors therefore defy correction by conventional methods.
The usual advice to practice the correct spelling over and over is not very effective. The next day learners seem to have forgotten what they've learned and the same old spelling errors resurface. It seems we just keep falling back to old ways and, consequently, transfer of learning (memory for correct spelling) is poor.
Fortunately, a cognitive science discovery called Old Way/New Way® Learning, endorsed and gazetted by the South Australian Department of Education and built into Personal Best Spelling™, offers learners of all ages:
1. A new perspective on the transfer of learning problem in the learning of spelling.
2. A fast and practical way to learn to spell new and unfamiliar words.
3. A user-friendly method for quickly and permanently eradicating bad spelling habits.