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Reading Support

Students who are struggling with the required amount of readings and are feeling overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of their reading assignments, may benefit from a reading appointment(s) with the ASC reading specialist. During 1:1 sessions students may complete a diagnostic reading assessment, an informal reading evaluation, and receive individualized reading instruction and strategies. Please note this is a free service offered to all RIT students, faculy, and staff.

Additional reading resources are available here.

Access Services: Students needing interpreting services should submit requests through Access Services. Please be sure to provide enough advanced notice to accommodate your request.

What strategies are offered?

Strategies offered aim to improve comprehension, vocabulary, textbook reading, and reading speed.

How many sessions are there usually?
  • Individualized reading sessions consist of about an hour.
  • There are usually five sessions: evaluation, discussion, instruction, practice and evaluation.
How do you make an appointment?

Email the Academic Support Center,, or call (585) 457-6682. You may also stop by the ASC, Monroe Hall, 2080 (Above Artesano Bakery and Cafe).

What should you do if you cannot keep the appointment?

Please call the ASC office, 585-475-6682, to reschedule your appointment.

How do faculty/staff refer a student?

If you are a faculty or staff member, you can refer a student by emailing Please inform the student that he/she will be contacted by an ASC staff person to arrange a meeting.

Include the following information in your referral:

  • Referrer's name and title
  • Referrer's department
  • Referrer's email and phone number
  • Student's full name
  • Student's email and/or phone number
  • Reason(s) for referral
Are the screening results reported to my department?

No. All results are confidential unless you want them reported.

Will the reading instructor help me with content?

The reading instructor is not a content tutor. If you are struggling with the information, please see your professor.

What should I bring with me?

It is recommended that you bring:

  • Completed referral form (if applicable)
  • Course syllabi and relevant handouts
  • Current assignment(s) and instructor's feedback
  • Textbook(s) and/or other reading materials
  • A list of your questions and concerns
Are speed reading courses offered?

Speed is not the answer unless you have a photographic memory. The reading instructor can help you read better by helping you improve in the following areas: concentration and focus, information retention, finding the main idea, and time management. This will help you complete reading assignments and develop more effective reading strategies.