Communication Center

Tutoring in Public Speaking

The Department of Communication Studies supports a Communication Center to directly assist students in the organization and delivery of public presentations. Our mission is to help students feel more confident and prepared to speak in front of others.

Any undergraduate student can make an appointment in the Communication Center. In the past, students have worked with Communication Center Tutors to brainstorm topics, organize and build outlines, find sources, determine source citations, create visual aids, establish gestures and facial expressions, develop tone, practice, and record presentations for Module 9 in COM 101. All tutors are trained to work with students while following the assignment guidelines established by course instructors.

Laura Gill, Ed.D. is the Director of the Communication Center. She has over 10 years experience helping students of all experience levels to become stronger speakers. If you have any questions about the center, please contact Dr. Gill

Schedule an Appointment

Appointments in the Communication Center are available two weeks after the semester has started. To book an appointment, follow these instructions:

·       Log in BluePoint/BlueTutor with your NETID and select “Compass”

·       Select the box that reads: “I need help with a speech”

·       Select the desired service (Delivery Assistance, Group Practice, etc.)

·       Click “Make appointment”

·       Click the magnifying glass to bring up your classes, and then select your course.

·       Pick your desired tutor, pick a time slot, and then “Save”

You will get a confirmation email to mark in your schedule. All Communication Center sessions will occur in Hitchcock Communication Arts Building Room 305 (not the Creighton EDGE).

Keep in mind that you can only schedule 10 days out and 24 hours in advance. Note that hours will be limited and available on a first come basis, so if you are interested in a session, book as soon as possible.

All sessions last 25-30 minutes and students may schedule multiple sessions. It is recommended to book an appointment at least 5 days in advance of your presentation in your course. Also, be sure to bring the speech assignment description, rubric, and any other materials you may need during the session (including laptop, outline, sources, note cards, etc.)

Again, sessions will occur in Hitchcock 305. Please arrive a few minutes ahead of your appointment to check-in at the front desk.