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Reading Tutors

  • In accordance with COVID-19 response measures, there will be no in-person reading tutoring for fall term.
  • Be sure to access the Learning Success Centers online for assistance.

Reading Skills Review from PrepStep

In college, it’s crucial that you know how to uncover the facts and opinions presented in the material you read for class — and how to form your own opinions about it. Follow the following four steps to gain the strategies and skills you need to become a better reader:

  • Start off with Reading Skills Tutorial 1. First, take the pre-test, which will show where your strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to reading. Work your way through the tutorial for a full skills tune-up, or pick and choose the lessons based on the weak points identified in your pretest results. When you’re finished, take the post-test, which will show you how far you’ve come. You’ll also receive a study plan that guides you back to the topics where you might still need work.
  • Strengthen your skills with practice sets based on three common types of reading material: informational (newspaper articles, news reports, and other fact-based writing), literary (novels, short stories, autobiographies, and more), and persuasive (opinion pieces, political writing, and other material that tries to convince you of certain a point of view). Make sure to review the answer explanations to the questions you got wrong or weren’t sure about — often you’ll learn the most by seeing why an answer is right or wrong.
  • Next, tackle Reading Skills Tutorial 2, which includes slightly more challenging passages. By the end, you should have a good grasp of the core reading skills needed at the college level.
  • Finally, download one or more reading skills eBooks for additional tips, guidance, and practice questions, or use the books and texts from your classes to practice your new skills. You’ll be surprised by how much more you understand, remember — and enjoy — what you read.

Reading Skills Review from the Testing & Education Reference Center

Whether you are a grade school or high school student, or an adult looking to brush up on your basic English and writing skills, the Basic EnglishSkills modules in the Testing and Education Reference Center provides hundreds of interactive tutorials with quizzes that will teach you important subject information.

Streaming Video to Improve Reading Skills

Smarthinking

Smarthinking is available to all Jefferson State English and Math students.  View the brochure for additional information.

Smarthinking's tutors work with students online using a virtual whiteboard.  Students can also submit questions offline at anytime and a tutor will respond within 24 hours.