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AACC student reading in law library.

Read, read, read. – William Faulkner, author

Reading is an essential part of the higher education experience. Most courses require a significant amount of reading, so you will want to be fully prepared. The Academic Literacies department offers reading courses to prepare you for credit coursework. Our courses are offered at various times and locations to meet your needs. We look forward to working with you!


Academic Literacies (RDG-040)

Five equated credit hours.

Explore and critically evaluate a variety of academic texts. Identify, discuss and write about abstract ideas from a variety of complex academic texts. Expand and connect readings to other meaningful texts, to the world and to the lived experiences of the students. Develop an understanding of the writing process in order to produce authentic academic writing, thus preparing students for success in college-level reading and writing.

Faculty and Staff

Academic Chair

Kerry Taylor, Ed.D., chair
LBRY 119

Full-time Faculty

Forrest Caskey, assistant professor
LIBR 113

Antione D. Tomlin, Ph.D., assistant professor
LBRY 113

Resources for Students

Academic Literacies Lab

The Academic Literacies Lab, located in the Andrew G. Truxal Library Room 108, is designed to promote academic growth and excellence. We want to make sure that you are approaching college-level learning with confidence. Visiting the lab can help you strengthen academic skills, develop general learning and study strategies, and improve academic success. Our tutors are committed to meeting you where you are, and helping you accomplish your educational goals.

Get customized tutoring in these academic fields:

  • Art
  • Business
  • English
  • History
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Sociology

Tutors can help you with:

  • Strengthening reading habits
  • Improving reading comprehension
  • Note taking, organizational and study skills
  • Brainstorming assignments
  • Writing assignments
  • Research
  • Test preparation
  • College application essays

About Our Tutors:

  • They have advanced degrees and teaching experience
  • Some are experienced with ESL students, military/veterans, and students with accommodations
  • Experience with both credit and noncredit students

Did you know that the Academic Literacies Lab is available online? Schedule your virtual tutoring session!

Academic Literacies Lab Online Instructions

Follow the instructions below on how to enroll in the online Academic Literacies Lab and request a virtual tutoring session.

  1. In any Canvas course, click Enroll in Online Academic Literacies Lab located on the left side menu.
  2. Click Enroll in Course. This automatically enrolls you in the online lab. 
  3. You only need to enroll once. After you have enrolled, you can request an online session with a tutor. 
  4. To launch an online session with a tutor, from your dashboard, click Academic Literacies Lab Online Tutoring.
  5. Click on Chat with a tutor.
  6. Click on Meet Now.
  7. Click Open Meet Now in a new window.
  8. A new window will launch. Select the audio/video settings that you wish to use during your session.
    Note: the best option is Use my computer’s mic and speaker. If your computer does not have a microphone and/or webcam, you can choose to call in using your phone.
  9. Click on Enter Meeting to launch your session.

Note: This will only work through Google Chrome or Firefox.


Contact Associate Professor Forrest Caskey at if you have questions regarding the Academic Literacies Lab.

Online Tutoring

For 24-hour, online assistance, check out Smarthinking, the leader in live, on-demand online tutoring that is available to AACC students.

Learn more about online tutoring.


We’re here to help.

School of Liberal Arts,
Academic Literacies

Kerry Taylor, Ed.D.


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Danny Hoey, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean

More Tutoring

The Academic Literacies Lab isn’t the only tutoring available at AACC. Visit the Tutoring page to learn more.