Sign In

Reading Center

Gail Gordon-Allen, Director
Jess Mahoney, Coordinator

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."                                                  

          - Frederick Douglass                                                   

"Most college students are expected to read 150-200 pages per week."                    

          - Burrell et al., 1996                    

The RC is designed to focus on the reading challenges and the reading difficulties of its clients. Below is a list of some of the reading challenges that the RC staff can address:                                               

  • Difficulties analyzing and evaluating critical texts across disciplines
  • Ineffective test-taking skills
  • Word-by-word reading
  • Slowness of recognition of words and phrases
  • Vocabulary comprehension
  • Inefficient eye movement when reading
  • Visual discrimination challenges when reading text
  • Reading anxiety
  • Text comprehension difficulties
  • Habitual slow reading
  • Ineffective determination of important information


WHAT IS A TYPICAL 1-ON-1 SESSION LIKE?                                                   

Students will first be evaluated by a RC clinician. The RC clinician will then determine if further assessment is needed and plan reading intervention strategies. Students are next scheduled for a 50-minute appointment with a RC clinician to support the student in overcoming their targeted reading problem. The RC's goal is to ultimately assist students in managing their targeted reading challenges for classroom success.                                               


SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT                                                  

  • You may make an appointment                                                    
    • By visiting the front desk in Room 1220B;                                                  
    • By calling us at 773-907-6827;                                                    
    • Visiting us online at                                                   
  • We accept walk-ins, if a clinician is available or if someone misses their appointment.
    (If you are going to miss your appointment, please call us to cancel.)      
  • For each session you should bring:                                                   
    • Your student ID                                                   
    • Your assignment instructions                                                   
    • Any important comments or handouts from your teacher                                                   
    • An idea of what you want to work on                                                   
  • Computers and printers are available for use during your sessions.                                                   
  • Powershots, our series of one-hour workshops, provides you with extra critical reading-skill practice outside of class.                                      
    • Current Powershots schedules are available in the RC, Room 1220B. Upcoming dates appear regularly in TRUMAN NEWS.                                    
    • No appointments are necessary. Just bring your student ID to our front desk at the time of the Powershot to register.


DROP-IN/STUDY HALL                    

The Reading Center also has a study space designed to help students thrive academically in all credit classes. Feel free to drop-in to study, complete homework, and recieve reading help throughout the day, without appointments.          

NO-SHOW POLICY: If you are five minutes late to your appointment, your time may be given to another student. If you are going to miss an appointment, please call us to cancel.

WALK-IN POLICY:  We take walk-ins, if consultants are available. Otherwise, if a student is five minutes late to their appointment, we will take a walk-in in their place.

COMPUTER/PRINTER POLICY: Computers and printers in the RC may only be used during your session. If you need other computer use, please use the WAC Lab in 2947, the CTC in L112, or the Library.      




Faculty & Staff

Related Services

Contact Information

1145 West Wilson Avenue
Room 1220B - Main Building
Chicago, IL 60640
Get Directions


Fall & Spring Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-3pm

Summer Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: 10am-3pm


Related Services