The Wilson College Reading Specialist, Dr. Linda Swartz, offers a variety of strategies to assist students develop the reading and study skills that are critical to academic success. Dr. Swartz tailors instruction in reading comprehension, note-taking, and effective study strategies to students’ individual learning preferences.  Her hours are provided below, and students may also email her at for help coordinating appointments.  

When to consider signing up to meet with Dr. Swartz

i.    As soon as you feel that your college courses might have challenges that your high school courses did not
ii.    When you feel that your instructor’s teaching style does not match your learning style
iii.    When all of the information in the text seems important and you do not know what you should study for the test
iv.    When you have trouble focusing as long as is required in college
v.    When you have trouble remembering information for a test

Before meeting with Dr. Swartz

If you have not taken the learning styles self-assessment questionnaire, email Dr. Swartz ( and you will be invited to a Canvas “course” which is just the questionnaire. Your time will be much more valuable if you come with the information on your learning style(s).

 What to bring to a meeting with Dr. Swartz

i.    The results of your learning styles self-assessment questionnaire
ii.    A textbook that is challenging for you
iii.    Any handouts, PowerPoints, and notes from that class
iv.    Any particular questions/problems that you have
v.    Paper and pencil

What students are saying about meeting with Dr. Swartz... 

"Before I knew what kind of learner I was and what to do about it, I tried lots of things and they just weren’t working.”
"Dr. Swartz has really helped me understand what study habits have hurt me and which ones have helped me successfully retain information for all my classes.”