Baldridge Reading and Study Skills Program is a supplemental pay-for-service workshop available to students at Dickinson College. An instructor from the Baldridge Reading Program will host on-line classes for participants to attend each day, teaching essential techniques for increasing reading speed, improving comprehension, deepening concentration, and strengthening recall in their reading.

Students may use textbooks for upcoming courses, so it’s a highly efficient use of their time. Past Dickinson participants have raved about the program, and the most recent participants boosted their reading speed by an average of 165 words per minute and even at that faster pace, comprehension rose on average by 37%!

The five-day workshop also covers additional skills such as time management, note-taking, and test-taking.

The Baldridge Reading Program aims to help students develop:

  • Stronger concentration
  • Better comprehension
  • Increased speed
  • Greater retention
  • Higher test scores

Fall '22 Program  

The Fall '22 program has ended. Dates for the Fall '23 program will be announced in mid-summer.

CLASS SCHEDULE: M-F (5 Sessions) - Classes will meet for 75 minutes daily, Monday through Friday, with three different class times from which to choose:

 4:00 PM (eastern)  6:30 PM (eastern)  8:00 PM (eastern)

To accommodate the participants' schedules, each student is free to attend your session at a different time each day!

LOCATION: Virtual Classroom via Zoom. Enrolled students will receive the Zoom link and Google Classroom infromation just prior to the start of the session.

WHAT TO BRING:  Reading material of student's choosing such as textbooks, a novel or a magazine, plus a notebook and a pen or pencil.

TUITION: $165.00, payable to Baldridge Reading & Study Skills.*

*If cost is a barrier, consider completing this Request for Financial Assistance Form available through the offices of ADS and SOAR.

REGISTRATION:  To register, print and complete the Baldrige Registration Form and send it, along with your payment according to the instructions on the form. Note: if you are unable to pay by check, contact the program director (see below), as it might be possible to pay by Venmo. 

QUESTIONS: Please feel free to call David Hungerford, the Program Director, at (330) 908-3419, or email ( If you have any questions about the past experiences of Dickinson students enrolled in the program, email with your question and include a phone number where you can be reached, and a member of the SOAR staff will follow up with you.