ANY STUDENT in ANY CLASS may be referred to the Reading Lab, D202, as a “guest” to improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Students are generally referred to the Reading Lab if they are struggling with reading their class materials.

Instructors and advisers can refer their students, or students can request a referral from their instructors.

Here’s how this works:

  1. Get a referral form from the Reading Lab or download it and print it out.
  2. Ask your instructor to help you complete the referral form.
  3. Bring the completed referral to the Reading Lab.

After receiving the completed referral form, a Reading Lab instructor will show you how the lab works and how to get started!

Faculty FAQs

Q: Can I refer a student from any class if I think they are having difficulty reading? Does a student have to register for credit or can they just drop-in?
A: Class instructors may contact one of the Lab Instructors about referring a student for help, or print and fill out a referral form. Referred students do not have to register for credit and are not required to complete any number of units. They are welcome to use the lab during our operating hours.

Q: What are the skill levels in the Reading Lab?
A: The levels range from 4 (beginning adult material) to 14 (college level).

Q: What programs do you use?
A: Here’s a link to a list of all the software we have available in the lab. Feel free to ask us for more information about individual programs, or visit the Lab to try out the programs.

Q: How does the lab track each student’s progress?
A: We work with lab students individually and review portfolios throughout the quarter. When we review their portfolios, we write comments and suggestions for improvement. Students can request a conference with us at any time to evaluate their progress.

Q: Can my class come visit the lab?
A: Of course! Any instructor is welcome to speak with us and schedule a class visit – your class does not have to be linked to the lab, but visits are dependent on space availability. Instructors should be present for class visits. If your class is already linked to the lab, the visit will not count towards their lab time.

Q: Can my class come on a regular basis?
Maybe. It depends on space availability and scheduling. For example, if your class is from 10:30-11:20am, we would not be able to host you, because that’s when our lab is busiest. If your class came in at, say, 6:00pm or 8:30am, that’s a more viable option. No guarantees, but please come talk to us, and we will do everything we can to make it work!
Another option is to bring your class in once for an initial “mini-orientation.” Then you could assign specific programs or exercises as homework, and students would then come to the lab on their own time and complete these assignments.

Last Updated March 23, 2016