Academic Reading Center

Academic Reading Center

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. 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; strong communication is the number one skill desired by employers. Reading can provide the best foundation for lifelong learning and the ability to change careers at any time.

In the Academic Reading Center, students can work with a variety of approaches to further their skills, with modern technology and software programs. From free, zero-unit courses with open entry/exit, to semester long focused study in a three-unit lecture and half-unit lab combination, students can find the help they need under the guidance of a faculty member during any of our open hours. Click through to take a quick, ten-minute assessment in your chosen subject area to find out if the Academic Reading Center could help you achieve more: Quick Reading Assessment

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How to Find the Academic Reading Center (click for video)

Location & Hours of Operation

Building & Room Number: LRC 215
Phone: (949) 582 - 4539

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Register for ENG 343

Fall 2019

Monday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday Closed


ENG 343: Academic Reading and Study Skills

English 343 (ENG 343) is a free, 0 unit class created specifically to provide students with academic reading and study skills refinement. This is an open-entry/open-exit course that allows students to either drop in for assistance with particular concerns or to develop more broad plans for continual progression over the semester (no minimum/maximum number of visits.) This course is distinct from TU 300 because you will work independently under the guidance of a professor at the Academic Reading Center (LRC 215) for academic reading support that includes:

  • Understanding, organizing, and assimilating college reading assignments in any subject
  • Practicing study skills strategies such as annotation, mapping and Cornell note-taking
  • Utilizing effective memory and test taking strategies
  • Developing all levels of writing skills
  • Improving reading rate and comprehension

The best way to get started with ENG 343 is to come in to the Academic Reading Center (LRC 215) to see us in person. TBA Time Designation/Students may attend the Academic Reading Center anytime that it is open. We will get you registered for the class, talk to you about your current needs, and help set out a pathway for your continued progress. Please see this page for our open hours this semester, and we look forward to helping you to reach your goals!


Fall 2019 Ticket numbers:

15050, 11885, 15060, 15055

Spring 2020 Ticket numbers:

11805, 11875, 11935, 13310, 13330

Reading Career Flyer

Reading Career Flyer

When 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 the bridge to a better life, to the fulfillment of dreams. The professors in the Reading department strive to create opportunities for you both in and out of the classroom. For more information, please contact Jeff Vogel, whose contact information is given toward the end of this page.
Reading Career Flyer





Academic Reading Center Resources


Transferable Courses in Reading


Transferable Courses for Reading (Image)

ENG 70: Reasoning & College Reading

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 (formerly ENG 170).


ENG 180: Speed Reading & Comprehension Training

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


ENG 190: Academic Reading - Success & Strategies for College

Prepare students for college-level work by developing effective study strategies for note-taking, test-taking, textbook reading, critical thinking, memory concentration, listening and summarizing.

Looking to Transfer?


Foundational Reading Course


ENG 340: Reading & Writing Skills for College

Prepare for college-level reading by improving study skills strategies, vocabulary, comprehension and writing. This class fulfills reading competency for AA degree and leads to ENG 200: Fundamentals of Composition in the composition sequence. The corequisite for this course is ENG 341: Reading Lab, a 0.5 unit lab that requires 1.5 hours a week.


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!

Videos & PDF Presentations

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)

Basic Skills Initiative (BSI): Faculty Resource

In 2009, 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, and 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


Ruby Trott redman Ruby Trott

Lab Technician
Location: LRC 215
Phone: (949) 582 - 4539
E-mail: Ruby Trott