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Request for a Presentation

The Reading & Learning staff at the Center for Academic Success can come visit your class/office and work directly with your students. Reading critically is a concern for many professors at FIU, and we would be happy to design a presentation that would complement your syllabus, or provide a generic session that would address a broader range of skills.

Take a moment and review our palette of presentations, and determine which one would be practical for your particular course. If you would like a presentation designed for reading in your particular course, please fill out the form below and we will contact you within 48 hours, or call the Center for Academic Success at (305) 348-2441.


SLS 1501

  • Reading Potpourri – This workshop addresses the basic concerns in reading: fluency, comprehension, and study skills. Strategies are taught in note-taking, metacognition, and vocabulary. Introductions are made in other areas like preparing for upper-division exams, grammar, and punctuation. Workshop duration is approximately one hour in length.
  • Exam Preperation – This workshop reviews the essentials of studying for an exam. It begins with discussions on time management, study locations, and study strategies. Topics like test anxiety and stress are also discussed along with methods to mitigate them. Workshop duration is approximately 30 minutes in length.

APA Review, 6th edition

This workshop is designed for students who need to format their research papers according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Basics in formatting a paper, citations, and references are discussed, along with the changes in APA that came with the 6th edition. Workshop duration is approximately 90 minutes in length.

Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation on APA and paraphrasing

Punctuation Shop

Designed for both students and staff, this workshop covers the basic rules of English punctuation. Participants discuss common punctuation errors in writing, and become acquainted with applying the most appropriate rules to the messages they are trying to convey. Many of the resources come from Andrea Lunsford's The Everyday Writer, which is used in all English composition courses at FIU. If participants have a copy of the handbook, it would be to their benefit to bring it along with any other writing samples. Workshop duration is approximately 2 hours in length.

Reading Plus

According to the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), students at a post-secondary level should be reading at least 320 words per minute (wpm), with at least 70% comprehension. This workshop addresses the 'Big Five' of reading instruction and students' behavioral reading habits. The Reading Plus program is an online reading tutorial that is designed to improve reading speed and comprehension en tandem. Students learn how to use the tutorial and monitor their own progress. Workshop duration is approximately 25 minutes in length.


Out of all the components of reading comprehension, vocabulary is the most crucial to master. This workshop discusses the power of language, its lexicon, and its morphological components. Students learn to break words apart according to their morphological components, e.g. prefixes, suffixes, and roots, and create new words. Students also learn to identify similar words and compare their qualities through intensity, formality, and connotation. Workshop duration is approximately 1 hour in length.


MMC Campus
  • 8:00am-8:00pm M-Th
  • 8:00am-5:00pm F
BBC Campus
  • 9:00am-5:00pm M,Th,F
  • 9:00am-7:00pm T,W

*Tutoring Begins at 9am each day on both campuses.


MMC GL 120
  • 11200 SW 8th Street
  • Miami, FL 33199
  • (305) 348-2441
  • (305) 348-2609 (Fax)
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BBC AC1 160
  • 3000 NE 151st Street
  • North Miami, FL 33181
  • (305) 919-5927
  • (305) 348-5370 (Fax)
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