Reading and Comprehension Tutoring

Reading Skills

The UNT Dallas Learning Commons does not currently have a reading specialist on staff, so we recommend students use Smarthinking's reading tutors to improvie their reading skills.

We understand that students may struggle with reading for a variety of reasons, including poor foundational skill building in previous educational settings, learning disabilities, or challenges with learning English as a second language (ESL/ELL). Smarthinking expert reading reading tutors can help students improve their:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Word level skill
  • Sentence skills
  • Vocabulary development


Smarthinking’s tutors do not solve problems for students. Instead, tutors use a problem-solving based teaching style to address students’ immediate concerns and provide guidance on how to improve their word-level skills, fluency, and overall reading. This way, students become more confident, independent, effective, and efficient readers. Smarthinking reports that student satisfaction scores—as well as consistent faculty praise and feedback—show that this approach works. Over 91% of students were pleased with the assistance they received.

two students, one holding up a white notecard, working on vocabulary


"Smarthinking’s expansion of its repertoire to include reading comprehension and analysis as well as vocabulary and pronunciation will greatly assist our developmental and second language students and faculty. The writing, math, and software tutors at Smarthinking are utilized by our students on a regular basis; easily accessible, quality online support in reading completes the solution for college readiness skills, and we are anxious to make use of Smarthinking’s newest resource." 

— Li-Lee Tunceren, Lead Faculty Associate, Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning St. Petersburg College, Florida