Oral Communication Center

Oral Communication Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 222.

Tutoring Services

The Oral Communication Center offers tutoring services to students working on specific oral communication projects or general communication concerns.

OCC peer tutors can provide coaching and advice on a variety of assignment types—solo or group presentations, debates, panel discussions, podcasts, readings, oral exams, poster presentations—and at any stage in the process, from conception, planning, and development to practicing and revising to review and critique.

OCC tutor conferences are often required by professors, but many students choose to have OCC conferences even if they are not required. Since the key goal in oral communication is audience comprehension, it's helpful to have a listener with whom you can test your ideas for coherence, clarity, and overall effectiveness.

The OCC peer tutor will provide constructive feedback that will help you make the most of your strengths and help you develop strategies for improving effectiveness.

Your OCC tutor can help you manage challenges such as these:

  • clarifying your objective and thesis
  • using evidence and citing sources effectively
  • organizing your message
  • engaging your audience
  • adapting a paper for oral presentation
  • using language correctly and effectively
  • using voice and body language effectively
  • integrating audiovisual elements (e.g., PowerPoint)
  • building confidence and composure
  • handling Q & A periods
  • taking oral exams
  • leading and participating in group discussion



You can now register for Oral Communication Center appointments online! To do so, click the following link and select an open slot: Appointments Calendar