Are you a student seeking help with a speech, essay, or presentation? Stop by the Center and meet with one of our talented Speech Coaches or Writing Consultants. We accept drop-ins and appointments. But appointments are highly encouraged!
SPRING 2020 UPDATE:
Due to the coronavirus, all appointments are now online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semesters. Appointments are synchronous and require audio and video capabilities.
Group meetings with Speech Coaches:
- If multiple groupmates will be present, please make sure to include a link to a Zoom meeting (you'll be prompted when you make an appointment).
- Please note that basic Zoom accounts have a 40-minute time limit, so even if your tutor can work with you for longer than the 30 minute time frame, they will be unable to do so.
OUR EXPECTATIONS FOR ONLINE APPOINTMENTS
In order for the environment to be safe and productive for all, when you enter into an online session with us you need to do so from a physical location where you can:
have a private conversation via personal computer with a webcam
see the screen of your personal electronic device while speaking with us
Detailed Expectations of 1-3 above
Make sure to be in a quiet place where you can login without noises, distractions and without being interrupted by other people.
If you live with roommates or family, make sure they know that you will be on an online session between such and such times, and that you should not be interrupted. If possible, they should try to keep the room where you are quiet (no loud noises, music or conversation).
It is a good idea to use a headset (headphones and mic) though not absolutely necessary.
Even though you may be at home, use the same type of clothes you would use at school, and have the same professional attitude you have when you are in class (no pajamas, etc.).
Be on-time, and be ready to go online around 5 minutes before the meeting. Have all your necessary files/relevant work ready.
Online meetings can sometimes be frustrating. If you run through technical problems, calm down, don't panic. We are all trying to do this together and we understand that sometimes it can be difficult to connect online! Don't give up and keep trying. Use the Chat window to communicate if audio or video isn’t working
OUR GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
To get started, read the following expectations then register for an account by clicking the link to the left. We reserve the right to end or cancel your appointment if these expectations are not met.
Preparedness: You must be prepared for tutoring by bringing specific questions as well as all necessary materials, including a copy of the paper/outline and prompts. If you have already worked with a tutor, bring a new copy of your revised draft to your next session, demonstrating that you have attempted to apply what you have learned.
Lateness: If you are more than five minutes late for a tutoring session, your appointment will be given to the next person on the waiting list or a drop-in, and you will be marked as "missed" for that appointment.
Canceling: If you cannot make your appt., you must cancel no later than 30 minutes prior. If you miss three appts. without cancelling in advance, you will be blocked from the system. You will then be limited to waitlist-only appointments for the rest of the semester. If tutors do not have an appointment, then they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is your responsibility to cancel your appointment.
Frequency: Appointments are 30-minutes, with a maximum of 60 min. total per day. Back-to-back appts. are not allowed.
Distraction-Free, Supportive Environment: We are a distraction-free environment. Devices not related to the appointment should be put away during tutoring sessions. During your session, be engaged in the process and be respectful to all present. If not, you will be referred to the present faculty; we reserve the right to refuse service until you have a subsequent meeting with the Director.