Welcome to the Santa Monica College Reading Center 

We are located in Room 312 of Drescher Hall.

Students at work in the Reading Lab


To log on to Canvas to complete your Reading Center assignments, click here: http://www.smc.edu/students.

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays--Thursdays*
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays

*Please be advised that classes meet in the Reading Center several hours each day, and the room may not be quiet.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Reading students may use the computers while lab classes are in session in the room.

To practice comprehension and reasoning skills, click below:

Reading for Understanding*

by Thelma  Gwinn Thurstone

Reading for Understanding Program

Reading for Understanding (RFU) Pretests

Answer Form

Use this chart to to choose your starting RFU number.


*with permission from The McGraw-Hill Co., Inc.

Ultimate Speed Reader  

Ultimate Speed Reader is available on the computers in the Reading Lab, the SMC Library and the Cayton Center.

The goal of each Ultimate Speed Reader activity

Table of Contents of Ultimate Speed Reader

 Answer Form


Dennis Doyle's speed reading tips



Words Commonly Confused

by  V. Bell, J. Cheney, P. King and M. P. Moore

Words Commonly Confused

Words Commonly Confused Pretest



How to make vocabulary cards for your reading class.

How to make vocabulary cards

American Heritage Dictionary  
Your Dictionary

 PrepStep “an online library of over 300 practice exams on core math and English skills … college preparation (ACT and SAT), placement tests … and college success skills…. User registration is required to use these resources.”

 American English Proverbs*

American English Idioms

Man looking in a dictionary  


Woman in deep thought

How to Write a Summary




  On-line Vocabulary and Reading Resources: Click on the title.

A Guide to Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary
Some Basic Spelling Rules
Latin Derivatives (prepared by Gene Moutoux)
Of Mice and Men Study Guide
To Kill a Mockingbird Study Guide
Los Angeles Public Library

Santa Monica College Library
(Use the Online Catalogue)


SMC English Department    

Writing & Humanities Tutoring

Other SMC Tutoring Sites

Assistance is offered at no charge to  SMC students. Drescher Hall  Room 313.


Where are the computer labs on campus and what are their schedules of operation?

Contact us. 
Reading Center Coordinator: Joyce Cheney

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