As an adult learner, you have lots of experience. Being able to refresh, refine, or relearn a specific strategy is helpful, particularly if you have not applied this learning for a long period of time. Before writing your Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) exam, consider reviewing the skill builder videos for some helpful reminders and strategies relating to your literacy and essential skills.

Essential Skills 101

This video provides an overview of the concept of essential skills, and their relationship to the world of work and lifelong learning.

Question Attack Strategies

This video introduces a problem solving strategy for clearly understanding questions. See how you can focus your energy on the question and reduce stress when finding the right answer.

Scanning and Skimming Reading Strategies

This video introduces two strategies for improving your reading speed without compromising your reading accuracy.

Document Use List Structure Strategies

This video introduces the concept of document-based reading. Learn how to inform your understanding of listed information by using the structural clues found within documents.

Planning and Organizing Information Strategies

This video provides useful suggestions for organizing a wide range of information.


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