All students may be referred to the Reading Lab, D202, as a “guest” so they may improve skills for reading speed and comprehension, as well as vocabulary building skills.

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

How does the referral process work?

  1. Download the Reading Lab Referral Form or pick one up in the Reading Lab.
  2. Ask your instructor to help you complete the referral form.
  3. Bring the completed referral to the Reading Lab.
  4. Be sure to allow an hour for your first visit to the 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 on a regular basis?
Maybe. It depends on space availability and scheduling. For example, if your class is scheduled when the Lab is busiest, we might not be able to host you. Please come talk to us or email, and we can discuss how we can best help your class achieve their reading goals in the Reading Lab.

You will need to schedule an initial orientation for your class to learn how to use the Lab. You may then 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 April 26, 2017