Jennifer Willcutt       

Humanities 209     763-433-1734



Patty Wheeler Andrews

Science 102    763-433-1348



Jeffrey Ludwig

Robin Crosby

Welcome to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College 

Reading and Study Skills Departmental Home Page


        * Meet the  Faculty

Photo of Jennifer WilcottPhoto of Jennifer Willcutt  Jennifer Willcutt

Jennifer is happy to be part of the Reading faculty here at ARCC.  She has been on the ARCC faculty since spring of 2009 and has taught Preparing for College Reading, Reading II, and How to Study at ARCC. Before coming to Anoka Ramsey, she taught reading and study skills courses at Inver Hills Community College as well as undergraduate and graduate educational psychology courses at the University of Minnesota.  She earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her graduate training in reading research at the University of Minnesota in 2008, where she studied the reading strategies of students who overcame their reading struggles to successfully complete college coursework. Her scholarly interests include literacy instruction methods, reading fluency, reading comprehension, critical reading, paraphrasing, learning English as a foreign language, dyslexia, metacognition, linguistics, oral language, and communication in online courses.  She is a member of the Minnesota Association for Developmental Education (MNADE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), International Reading Association (IRA), and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).  Jennifer enjoys reading fun fiction, gardening in her backyard, listening to music and trying new restaurants. 



   Photo of Patty Wheeler-Andrews  Patty Wheeler Andrews        

Patty Wheeler Andrews has taught students critical reading, writing, and learning strategies at Anoka-Ramsey Community College since 1977, after working in secondary schools as a reading consultant and in adult literacy programs.  As an active member of the ARCC college faculty, she has contributed to the Academic Support Center and other tutoring efforts, testing and assessment committees, faculty development projects, college-wide art activities,  the Two Rivers Reading Series, and other efforts to enhance the life-long learning of college students.  She is a graduate of Carleton College (B.A. in English), the University of Minnesota (M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction) , and Hamline University (M.F.A. in Writing).  Her involvement in the system's developmental education and faculty development programs has included leadership in numerous statewide and regional committees, conferences, and initiatives, including Community of Classrooms (1994), a collaborative publication by community college faculty of innovations in developmental reading and writing instruction.  A member of the Minnesota Association for Developmental Education, the National Association for Developmental Education, and the College Reading & Learning Association, she  has contributed presentations to their conferences and articles to their professional newsletters and journals.  As part of her recent sabbatical study, she read numerous books about reading and the brain and interviewed the Top Ten Online Reading faculty in Minnesota. She believes in reading and learning every day.

  Photo of Jeff Ludwig   Jeff Ludwig

Jeff has been a teacher at Anoka-Ramsey Community College since 2007.  He has taught Reading 0910, Reading 0990, English 1102: College Vocabulary, and Study Skills 1102.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Jeff was a Graduate Assistant in the UW-La Crosse Reading Department.  Jeff is married, has three grown children, and lives in Coon Rapids.   



        *Courses for the current academic year


Patty Wheeler Andrews            Reading 0910, 0990, 1106, 1108,  Study Skills 1102, & English 2261

Jennifer Willcutt                         Reading 0910, 0990, 1106, & 1108, & Study Skills 1102

Jeffrey Ludwig                            Reading 0990, Study Skills 1102, & English 1102

Robin Crosby                              Reading 0910


        *View the Courses

*Reading 0910: Preparing for College Reading   4 credits   Emphasizes strategies for reading a variety of texts, ways to improve reading vocabulary, and resources for increasing comprehension.     

*Reading 0990: Reading II  3 credits  Emphasizes developing critical-reading strategies and college-level vocabulary.

*Reading 1106: College Textbook Reading   1 credit  Emphasis is on understanding text structure and developing effective strategies for critically and creatively reading college textbooks.

*Reading 1108:  College Reading III  3 credits   Emphasizes developing critical and creative reading and thinking strategies for college-level reading.

*Study Skills 1102: How to Study in College  2 credits  As an introduction to the concepts and methods needed to increase study efficiency, the course acquaints students with  better study habits. Topics include listening, efficient textbook reading, time scheduling, note taking, test strategies, project and paper development, library skills, and basic study systems improvement


        *Reading and Studying Resources


  •  Definitions, synonyms and antonyms, word roots, and word games, plus dictionaries of hundreds of international languages.
  •  Merriam-Webster online dictionary.  Has audio files of how to pronounce most words.

  •      Definitions of slang words and phrases.
  •     Create quizzes to test your knowledge of vocabulary and other information.
  •     Users donate rice by learning vocabulary.  Missed  words are recycled, reviewed, and thus learned.

  •  One-stop dictionary site for pronunciation (, prefixes and roots and their meanings in English. 




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Reference & Libraries

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College Library

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