Academic Reading Center

The Reading Department develops essential literacy and critical thinking skills for student achievement and academic success in all disciplines and all levels of ability. Our focus on equity and developing an aptitude for lifelong learning in each student by providing skills and strategies to understand, organize and assimilate information ensures they excel in a global environment and are prepared for diverse careers that create upward mobility. 

The ARC is a supportive and personalized learning environment where students receive innovative, quality instruction in reading, writing, and study skills from Saddleback faculty.  Our center has a spacious room with tables and chairs for individual work, breakout rooms for small-group work, as well as computer stations for learning, research, online access, and printing.

We encourage you to give us a try – our goal is to help you become an elite student!


In the Academic Reading Center (ARC), students can work with a variety of technologies and materials to improve their critical thinking through reading, writing, and study skills. We offer:

  • Free, 0-unit open entry/exit labs (ENG 332 - ENG 343)
  • Full semester transferable IGETC courses (ENG 70 - ENG 180 - ENG 190)
  • .05 unit labs that will elevate core learning skills (ENG 333A - ENG 333B - ENG 333C)
  • Personalized assistance & support in any subject from the Reading professors
  • Want to know more? Take a quick 10 minute assessment in your chosen subject area to find out if the Academic Reading Center could help you: Quick Reading Assessment

The ARC will be accessible online and on campus this fall semester. Please access your reading lab course in Canvas and read the announcement for directions. Please email your reading lab professor at any time, and you may also visit our virtual front desk using Zoom (Zoom is also available in Canvas) for academic support and tutoring Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9-12. Contact us (949) 582-4539

ENG 343NC: Academic Reading, Writing & Study Skills (0 uDid you know Flyernits)

ENG 343NC is a free, 0 unit class designed to provide students with academic reading, writing and study skills. This open-entry/open-exit course (won't show on transcripts) allows students to drop in for assistance with particular concerns or to develop more broad plans for continual progression over the semester (no min/max number of visits). Distinct from TU 300 because you work independently under the guidance of a professor in the ARC (LRC 215 or online via Canvas or Zoom) for support that includes:                                       

  • Understand, organize, & assimilate reading assignments in any subject
  • Practice study skills (annotation, mapping, Cornell notes, etc.)
  • Utilize effective memory and test taking strategies
  • Develop high-level writing skills
  • Improve reading rate and comprehension

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Fall 2022 Labs are here!

For Faculty: Please submit your list of students recommended for ENG 343NC HERE!

ENG 332: ESL Reading, Writing & Study Skills (0 units)

This ESL lab class is designed to help improve spelling, reading, comprehension, readinGreetings, ESL student!g rate, vocabulary, and study skills at your own independent pace. You may meet with the lab instructor for formal diagnosis and program planning, then work independently on the assigned material. These classes offer an excellent opportunity to brush  up on skills or to develop learning strategies once the semester has begun and it is too late to enroll in class. Open entry/open exit: students may register for and complete the class anytime throughout the semester. Greetings, ESL student! (flyer)

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Fall 2022 via Zoom (click here) (949) 582-4539

Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am -8:00 p.m
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Academic Reading Center is a resource dedicated to facilitating student achievement and academic success. Your ability to read at a high level affects every aspect of your daily life, and no matter what career path you choose, there is always room to improve your capacity to read well. Nearly every profession demands excellence in reading and writing, and reading well can provide the best foundation for lifelong learning with the ability to change careers at any time. So check in with us anytime, we're here for you!

Why Reading?

Reading Career FlyerWhen you take a reading course at Saddleback College, you enter into a world of possibilities where you become a valued member  of a learning community that understands the importance of developing and maximizing your abilities as a reader. We appreciate that reading is your bridge to a better life, and the professors in the Reading Department will strive to assist you in every way possible. For more information, please contact department chair Jeff Vogel (
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Academic Reading Center Resources


Transferable Courses in Reading


Transferable Courses for Reading (Image)ENG 70: Reasoning & College Reading (completes IGETC area 1B)

For students from all academic disciplines who seek to develop logical thinking, critical reading, and argumentative writing skills. Emphasis is on understanding implied meaning and logic and on developing college-level skills in analytical reading and writing. (equivalent to ENG 1B)


ENG 180: Speed Reading & Comprehension Training

Emphasizes rate-increase in recreational, study and technical reading; skimming and scanning; comprehension improvement and vocabulary enrichment. (CSU transferable)


ENG 190: Academic Reading - Success & Strategies for College

Prepare students for college-level work by developing effective study strategies for vocabulary, textbook reading, writing, critical thinking, memory, listening, note-taking, and test-taking skills. (CSU transferable)

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Academic Reading Strategies

Study skills for student success involving mnemonic devices (memory-tricks), textbook annotations, Cornell notes, test-taking strategies as they apply to essay composition and much more!

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Academic Reading & Allied Health

This two-week program provides students with the opportunity to explore and prepare for a variety of careers in the Allied Health fields. Combining specialized training in mathematics and communications skills (where reading proficiency has a direct correlation with communicating one's comprehension of learned materials) with laboratory simulations from a variety of healthcare fields.

Healthcare Career (Professional Communications)

Faculty Resources

The Saddleback Reading Department compiled the results of a Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) faculty survey that attempted to identify the most significant teaching and learning issues on campus. Faculty members were asked to identify topics that would be most relevant to them in future teaching and learning workshops. The following three topics were identified as those in which faculty would like the most assistance:

  • Preparing students to write for their assignments
  • Methods of encouraging critical thinking
  • Teaching students to read course textbooks

How Do I Get My Students to Read Their Textbooks?

Reading Program Newsletters



Jeff Vogel redman Jeff vogel

Academic Reading Center Chair
Office: LRC 230, LRC 221 & Online
Phone: (949) 582-4805
E-mail: Jeff Vogel