Discover the Reading and Writing Center

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Discover the Reading and Writing Center
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THE READING AND WRITING CENTER
2109 Turlington Hall 392-0701


The Center, located in 2109 Turlington Hall, offers Instruction in reading and writing.
Activities in the Center include: (a) independent, non-credit work, (b) a drop-in writing clinic,
(c) free mini-courses dealing with specific reading, writing, or test-taking skills, (d) free workshops
designed to prepare students for professional examinations.
For further information call 392-0791. The Center office is open from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 1:00
to 5:00 daily.

STAFFING
The Reading and Writing Center is staffed by a faculty member and by adjunct instructors and
graduate assistants with extensive teaching experience and backgrounds in various disciplines.
The instructors confer frequently with students and provide guidance with papers and with
students' individual work. Undergraduate assistants help to record attendance, locate materials,
and grade diagnostic tests.

RESOURCES
Available materials in both the reading and writing laboratories include texts, handbooks,
workbooks, audiocassette programs, and computer software.

WORKSHOPS AND MINI-COURSES
PREPARING FOR THE CLAST EXAM
The Reading Subtest
The English Language Skills/Essay Subtests
GRADUATE WORKSHOP IN WRITING THESES AND DISSERTATIONS
PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL EXAMINATION WORKSHOPS
* WRITING ESSAY EXAMS REVISING PAPERS ON A WORD PROCESSOR


* PREPARING RESUMES PREPARING FOR THE GRE


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THE READING AND WRITING CENTER
2109 Turlington Hall 392-0701








The Center, located in 2109 Turlington Hall, offers instruction in reading and writing.
Activities in the Center include: (a) independent, non-credit work, (b) a drop-in writing clinic,
(c) free mini-courses dealing with specific reading, writing, or test-taking skills, (d) free workshops
designed to prepare students for professional examinations.
For further information call 392-0791. The Center office is open from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 1:00
to 5:00 daily.

STAFFING
The Reading and Writing Center is staffed by a faculty member and by adjunct instructors and
graduate assistants with extensive teaching experience and backgrounds in various disciplines.
The instructors confer frequently with students and provide guidance with papers and with
students' individual work. Undergraduate assistants help to record attendance, locate materials,
and grade diagnostic tests.

RESOURCES
Available materials in both the reading and writing laboratories include texts, handbooks,
workbooks, audiocassette programs, and computer software.

WORKSHOPS AND MINI-COURSES
PREPARING FOR THE CLAST EXAM
The Reading Subtest
The English Language Skills/Essay Subtests
GRADUATE WORKSHOP IN WRITING THESES AND DISSERTATIONS
PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL EXAMINATION WORKSHOPS
* WRITING ESSAY EXAMS e REVISING PAPERS ON A WORD PROCESSOR


* PREPARING RESUMES PREPARING FOR THE GRE














IN READING


IN WRITING





WRITING
DROP-CLINIC


A volunteer, non-credit reading program is available to University of Florida students and
staff seeking to improve reading speed and comprehension or to enhance vocabulary. In
this program, students are tested, diagnosed individually, and receive both practice and
instruction based on their specific needs. Instructors may also refer students for work either
in general or in particular areas.

A similar volunteer, non-credit writing program is available to University of Florida students
who wish to improve their writing. Any classroom instructor may also refer students to this
program. Students are first given a diagnostic test; then an individual program is prepared
for them on the basis of the test results. Students work independently on these programs
under the supervision of a lab instructor. They may also receive conferences on papers
from other courses if their classroom instructor consents.
A free, drop-in clinic is open daily to provide guidance on papers. The clinic is not a
proofreading service; rather, instructors confer with students about the strengths and
weaknesses of individual papers.


SPECIAL OFFERINGS


PREPARATION
FOR
PROFESSIONAL
EXAMS

CLAST
ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM

GRADUATE
WORKSHOP
IN WRITING
THESES AND
DISSERTATIONS


Guidance is provided for students who wish to prepare independently for such professional
exams as the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT. A free, five-session GRE workshop is provided
twice a year. Essay writing workshops for the MCAT and LSAT.



The Reading and Writing Center offers free, individualized assistance to students preparing
for subtests of the College Level Academic Skills Test or to students who have had difficulty
with the exam. In addition, workshops on preparing for the Reading subtest or the
Essay/English Language Skills subtests are presented each term.

During the fall and spring terms, the Reading and Writing Center sponsors a free three-
session workshop on writing theses and dissertations. Assistance for specific sessions is
provided by an editor from the Graduate School and by reference librarians from the Fine
Arts Library, Norman Hall Library, Library West, Marston Science Library, and the Health
Science Library.










READING AND WRITING CENTER REFERRAL SERVICE

2109 Turlington


REFERRALS TO READING PROGRAM


1. What is the purpose of the Reading Program Referral Service?
The purpose of the referral service is to provide
supplementary, individual help to students who have
difficulty with the reading required in their college
courses. The referral service, offered through the
Reading and Writing Center is a non-credit program
provided without charge.

2. Who would benefit from a referral?
Students who have problems keeping up with their
reading assignments, students with a comprehension and
retention problem, non-native speakers of English who
wish to improve their conversation skills.

3. Who can refer a student to the Reading Program?
Any faculty member, graduate teaching assistant,
or academic advisor can refer any University of Florida
student.

4. What is the procedure for referring a student?
The instructor fills out a Reading Referral Form.
On the form the instructor requests that the students
take the diagnostic reading test or checks the specific
areas of work, or both.

A copy of the referral form is attached.
Additional forms are available through the
instructor's department or through the Reading
and Writing Center.

The student takes the referral from to the Reading
and Writing Center (2109 Turlington) between 8:30 and
4:30, Monday through Friday.

5. How many students can an instructor refer?
There is no limit on the number of students that
an instructor can refer.

6. When in the semester can a student be referred?
A student may be referred at any time during the
semester. Instructors are encouraged, however, to make
referrals early in the term so that students will have
sufficient time to complete the requested work.









7. How much time do referral students generally spend in
Reading Program?
Referral students are urged to work at the center
for at least two class periods a week. Since the
mastery of reading skills requires much practice,
students should be willing to commit themselves to a
regular, semester-long schedule of work.

8. When can students work at the Center?
The Center is staffed with qualified graduate
assistants from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.
Referral students are asked to select specific periods
so that their work can be regularly supervised by the
same Center instructor.

9. Must a student be referred in order to use the facilities of
the Center?
No, students do not need to be referred. They may
come at anytime to work on areas they feel they would
like to improve. GRE and LSAT materials are available
in addition to our other programs.

10. Faculty and teaching assistants are invited to visit the
Center at anytime to acquaint themselves with the staff
and the materials we use.










READING AND WRITING CENTER


REFERRAL


TO READING


PROGRAM


Student s Name:


Class:


Instructor's Name:

Campus Address:


TO INSTRUCTOR:

1. You may recommend areas in which you want the student to work
OR
2. We can give the student the Nelson Denny or McGraw-Hill Reading
Test as needed and determine the areas in which he/she needs help
OR
3. We can do both.


Please check your preferencess. We will provide a record of the number of
times the student attends the Laboratory as well as an indication of his/her
progress at the end of the semester.

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SKILL AREAS


Comprehension
Identifying main idea
identifying supporting
details
making inferences and
generalizations
evaluation of text based
on author's tone and
intent

Vocabulary
increasing basic
vocabulary
deriving word meaning
from context
knowledge of prefixes
suffixes


Reading Rate
improving reading rate
developing flexible
reading rate

Graphic Aids
Locating and interpreting
information from graphs
and charts


Study


Skills
concentration
lecture and note-taking
underlining a textbook
test-taking skills:
essay and objective
time use and study schedules


2109 Turlington Hall