Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic

The Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic offers tutoring in reading for children who are entering kindergarten through 12th grades. Tutoring sessions are conducted by advanced students in reading and related areas under the guidance of the literacy education faculty. The literacy faculty also provides outreach services in family and community literacy through ISU Extension activities.


Fall 2018 tutoring dates

Tutoring will begin on September 18 and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday until November 15. Sessions will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 7:00 pm. 

Spring 2019 tutoring dates

Tutoring will begin on February 12 and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday until April 18. Tutoring sessions will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 7:00 pm.

Note: Due to Iowa State’s spring break, there will be no tutoring on March 19 and March 21.

Enrolling a student

Please fill out all of the forms in the following survey in order to enroll a student in the Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. For any problems with enrollment, please email reading@iastate.edu.

To give permission for tutors to communicate with your child’s teacher or for reports of previous testing to be sent to the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic, complete the Teacher Forms. Typing your name on the form is considered to be your signature.

Note: Please register only if your child can attend all sessions. 

About the Clinic

The Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic is a non-profit educational service that is operated by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction within the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. The clinic has been offering assessment and instruction services for children who struggle with reading and writing for many years. It serves an estimated 80 to 100 school-aged children per year in Ames and the surrounding communities.

Clinic services offered

The Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic offers tutoring assistance in reading for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. ISU graduate and undergraduate students specializing in reading assessment and instruction, and supervised by literacy faculty, serve as tutors. Instruction provided is designed to build confidence while improving children’s reading skills and strategies.

Clinic schedule of services

Tutoring services are offered during the fall and spring semesters as well as in the summer:
  • During the fall and spring semesters, tutoring sessions are offered for 75 minutes per session twice a week for 8 weeks.
  • During the summer semester, tutoring sessions are offered for 75 minutes per session, four times a week for three weeks.

All tutoring occurs on campus in classroom space monitored by School of Education staff and faculty. Tutors work closely with parents via periodic notes and individual conferences to communicate progress.

Clinic service fees

The cost of tutoring is $125 each for each session. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need. Please email reading@iastate.edu for more information on applying for scholarship assistance. Please make checks payable to Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. Payment will be collected the first day of tutoring.