Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

You have several options:
1) use our online scheduler,

2) stop by during our walk-in hours, and we'll do our best to assist you, or

3) email us at apheatwole@smcm.edu for assistance or additional availability. 

E-mailing or stopping by are the best options if you can't make any of the posted hours.

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Major: History

Minor: Educational Studies

 

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Oral Expression Center

 

In addition to writing tutorials, the Writing Center offers tutoring and other services related to oral expression. Use the links below for more information.

Writing Tutorials vs. Speaking Tutorials
Speaking Center Location and Hours 
Ways to Use Speaking Tutoring 
Other Speaking/Presenting Services
Available Equipment and Resources 
Recording 



Writing Tutorials vs. Speaking Tutorials:
Speaking tutorials work in much the same way as writing tutorials in that you can schedule an appointment online and work with a trained tutor. Unlike writing tutorials, however, you may choose to work mostly alone (for example, to practice a presentation) or work directly with a tutor (for example, to brainstorm ideas). A tutor will usually be on hand to assist you with equipment and answer questions, but you can also just practice on your own if you'd prefer.



Speaking Center Location and Hours: 
LI 115 is available whenever classes are not using it if you'd like to practice and/or record your presentation on your own.

If you want to work with a tutor, appointments are available 2:00-8:00 on Sunday through Thursday. To schedule an appointment, click here. If these hours do not work for you, please e-mail Mandy Taylor at apheatwole@smcm.edu to make special arrangements.

If you would like to work with a tutor AND film your presentation or practice in a classroom, please make sure to schedule your appointment when LI115 is not in use (on Sunday or probably after 6:00 PM weekdays).

 


Ways to Use Speaking Tutoring:
Just as you can make an appointment to discuss any aspect of the writing process with a Center tutor, you can also make an appointment to work on any aspect of speaking or presentation-related assignments. For example, a speaking tutorial may involve:

-brainstorming ideas for a presentation,
-planning a presentation,
-rehearsing a presentation (either in person or by viewing a recording, PowerPoint, etc.),
-developing visual aids (posters, PowerPoints, etc.), and
-developing strategies to reduce public speaking anxiety. 

 

Other Speaking/Presentation Services:
Even if you choose not to work directly with a tutor, you may still make an appointment to:

-videotape a speech or presentation,
-practice an individual or group presentation.



Available Equipment and Resources: 
As part of speaking tutoring, the following items are available for student use:

-podium,
-white board and dry erase markers,
-chairs and tables,
-reserved classroom space in LI 115,
-lcd projector and screen with laptop hookup (bring your own laptop), and
-built-in camera and recording software (make a recording and save it to a flashdrive, or e-mail it to yourself).  

 

Recording a Speech or Presentation:
We are in the process of adding a fully integrated camera system to the OEC, but our temporary setup still allows students to record presentations or speeches. The steps are as follows:

  1. Visit LI 115 outside of the hours the room is used for classes.
  2. Locate the desktop computer and directions (in the corner near the podium).
  3. Follow the directions to make a recording.
  4. After filming, your video will be a file that you can save to a flashdrive or e-mail to yourself.

 

Have questions about the Speaking Center? Please e-mail Mandy Taylor at apheatwole@smcm.edu.