Natomas Reading Across the Disciplines (RAD)
RAD works with students in small group sessions to help them improve their classroom performance.
RAD focuses on application of inferential and critical reading strategies and study skills to specific content classes (such as Anthropology 310 or Psychology 300) and programs (such as Nursing and Paramedics). The strategies and skills covered include (but aren't limited to): preparing for tests, annotating textbooks, developing outlines, paraphrasing, understanding jargon, and reading graphics.
How RAD Works
RAD is a short term lecture class that meets 9 times. Students must come to the RAD Center to establish the day and time they will attend RAD; this is a set time and does not vary from one week to the next.
During the one hour class meetings, students will work in small groups or one-on-one with a RAD instructor or Instructional Assistant on applying reading and study strategies to the class of the student's choice (this is determined when the student signs up for a class time).
Like any class RAD students will be assigned homework. The important thing to remember is that all the RAD homework is applied to your curriculum class. If you are working on outlining, you will be creating your outline from the material found in your Anthropology or Economics book, or whatever class you are focusing your RAD studies on, and this will help you understand and retain the material, and prepare for the upcoming exam or quiz.
Natomas RAD Office
Dean: Dr. Roger A. Davidson
Coordinator: Jennifer Laflam
Phone: (916) 485-6063
Monday - Thursday: 12:30 - 7:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Office Location: Natomas Learning Resource Center
84% of all students who complete RAD pass all of their courses.
Research on our program shows that RAD students have an 84% success rate in the accompanying curriculum class as opposed to the 60% success rate achieved by non-RAD students.
RAD instructors give relevant assignments, good advice, and provide a friendly atmosphere in which to learn and refine study techniques.