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The Academic Support Center provides services for all RIT and RIT/NTID supported Baccalaureate and Graduate degree-seeking students. Any NTID students enrolled in an associate’s degree program such as NTID’s AAS, AOS or AA program should first seek academic support from NTID’s Counseling and Academic Advising Services office.

Reading Support

Reading Support

Reading Information

Reading - a complex interaction between the text and the reader - is not a simple task. It is a complex cognitive process of decoding in order to derive meaning. This process requires practice, development and refinement. If you are struggling with the required amount of readings and are feeling overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of the reading assignments, schedule a reading appointment in the Academic Support Center.

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

Accordion Arrow What services are offered?

  • Diagnostic reading assessment
  • Informal reading screening and evaluation
  • Reading instruction and strategies

Accordion Arrow What strategies are offered?

  • Strategies to improve comprehension
  • Strategies to improve vocabulary
  • Strategies for textbook reading
  • Strategies to improve reading speed

Accordion Arrow How many sessions are there usually?

  • There are usually five sessions: evaluation, discussion, strategies, practice and progress.
  • Individualized reading sessions consist of about an hour each.

Accordion Arrow What happens in a reading session?

  • The first session is a reading screening of vocabulary and comprehension.
  • The second session is discussing the results of the screening and completing a data form.
  • The third session is presenting strategies.
  • The fourth session is practicing the strategies in your academic textbook.
  • The fifth session is a review of reading progress.

Accordion Arrow How do you make an appointment?

Stop in at Monroe Hall (Bldg. 15) Room 2080 (Above Artesano Bakery and Cafe)

You also may call the Academic Support Center at (585)-475-6682 or email asc@rit.edu.

Accordion Arrow What should you do if you cannot keep the appointment?

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

Accordion Arrow How do faculty/staff refer a student?

If you are a faculty or staff member referring a student, please email asc@rit.edu. 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 name
  • Student's email and/or phone number
  • Reason(s) for referral

Accordion Arrow What are some frequently asked questions about reading?

Are the sessions free?
Yes. There is no charge for any of the reading services.

Are the screening results reported to my department?
No. All results are confidential unless you want them reported.

Will I need an interpreter?
No. The Reading Specialist can sign with you. However, if you would like to request services, please contact Access Services for your request.

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

Who can use this resource?
Undergraduate, graduate, part-time and full-time students can use this service. Faculty and staff are also welcome.

What should I bring with me?
It is recommended that you bring:

  • Completed referral form
  • Course syllabi and relevant handouts
  • Current assignment(s)
  • 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 improving your concentration and focus, retain more information, and manage your time better so you can complete reading assignments and develop more effective reading strategies.

Do you have a comment or suggestion? Send it to us!

Please click here to request an appointment.

To refer a student, please click here.

Students needing interpretting should submit a request through NTID Access Services.