Oral Communication Tutors (OCTs)

OCT areas of specialization

Every OCT can provide speech coaching to students in any discipline. However, if you would like to select an OCT with a particular field of study, you may consult the list below.

For interviews, especially case interviews and scholarships, you may email your tutor in advance of your meeting to share materials relevant to your interview.  The OCT can review documents before your appointment if time allows.

Aurora Alvarez-Buylla

Areas of specialization: natural sciences (biology)

Genre expertise: presentation skills, voice, mock interviews

Favorite topics to tutor: presentation skills and voice

Able to tutor speaking in Spanish


Motunrolaolu Ruth Asebiomo

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Human Biology and TAPS and Education

Favorite topics to tutor: all topics!


Gaurab Banerjee

Class of 2021

Major: Computer Science

Favorite topics to tutor: research talks, scientific/technical presentations, mock interviews, pitch decks, product presentations


Catherine Baron

Catherine Baron

Class of 2021

Major: Politcal Science

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, speech crafting

Able to tutor in Vietnamese and Mandarin


Susan Brewer

Areas of specialization: biosciences

Genre expertise: mock interviews scientific presentations

Favorite topics to tutor: mock interviews, scientific presentations


Alexandra Crew

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Human Biology and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethinicty

Favorite topics to tutor: structuring presentations/narratives and anything else!


Ethan Cruikshank

Class of 2020

Favorite topics to tutor: mock Interviews, PWR2, informal presentations


Ayelet Drazen

Class of 2021

Major and Minor: Political Science and Computer Science

Favorite topics to tutor: mock interviews, presentations

Able to tutor in French


Douglas Eacho

Areas of specialization: Humanities

Favorite topics to tutor: Working with students on physical and vocal presence, how to deal with anxiety, and find their unique speaking style! Particular focus on mock job talks, job interviews, conference addresses, and other academic speaking at the grad and undergrad levels.


Danielle Echeverria

Class of 2020

Major: Science, Tech, and Society with a focus in Communication and Media and Political Science

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, slide design, marketing presentations, and making your work clear and accessible for your audience


Irena Hwang

Areas of specialization: Engineering

Fovorite topics to tutor: research presentations, elevator pitches, voice, visualizations


Pablo Exiquio Garcia

Class of 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, brainstorming ideas, slide design


Trent Gilbert

Class of 2021

Major: Computer Science

Favorite topics to tutor: HumBio 2B, speech anxiety, PWR2


Nathan Gordon

 

 

 

 


Zachary Austin Grech

Class of 2020

Major: Management Science and Engineering

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2


Danielle Greene

Areas of specialization: education

Favorite topics to tutor: fluency, broad audience speaking, speech anxiety, classroom instruction


Sophia Sinesio Helfand

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Political Science and Spanish

Favorite topics to tutor: presentation skills, mock interviews, and PowerPoint designs

Able to tutor speaking in Spanish


Nikita A Khlystov

Areas of specialization: engineering, biological sciences

Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations, elevator pitches

Able to tutor speaking in Russian and German


Cindy Lam

Areas of specialization: education, social sciences

Genre expertise: research presentations, class presentations, speech anxiety, elevator pitches, brainstorming, organization

Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations, speech anxiety, elevator pitches, brainstorming, organization


Michelle Lissner

Areas of specialization: sciences
 
Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations


Maximino David Manzanares

Class of 2022

Major: Theater & Performance Studies

Minor: Psychology and Education

Favorite topics to tutor: storytelling, PWR2, voice, fluency, performance, mock interviews, cultivating confidence in public speaking

Able to tutor speaking in Spanish


Silas Jack Morsink

Class of 2021

Major and Minor: Economics and Data Science

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, communicating quantitative research, presentation organization


Cindy My Anh Nguyen

Areas of specialization: engineering, natural sciences

Favorite topics to tutor: slide design, PWR2, scientific presentations


Vincent Jan C Nicandro

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Computer Science and Classics

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, voice, performance, slide design, storytelling


Julia Pandolfo

Class of 2020

Major: Anthropology

Favorite topics to tutor: stage presence and PowerPoint aesthetics


Arpi Park

Class of 2022

Major: Symbolic Systems

Favorite topics to tutor: anything!


Ashley Lauren Phord-Toy

Class of 2022

Major and Minor: Political Science and Human Biology

Favorite topics to tutor: class presentations, mock interviews, qualitative research


James Pillot

Class of 2020

Major: Electrical Engineering

Favorite Topics to Tutor: final presentations, proposals of various kinds, PWR2, reducing speech anxiety


Madison Jane Pobis

Areas of specialization: natural sciences

Genre expertise: stage presence, speech anxiety

Favoirte topics to tutor: communicating science to a general audience, PWR2


Emily Postman

Areas of specialization: humanities, law, politics

Genre expertise: leadership development, public speaking, interview prep, classroom presentation and teaching skills

Favorite topics to tutor: leadership development, interview prep, classroom presentation and teaching skills for section leaders and TAs


Rifath Rashid

 

 

 

 


David Alan Rios

 

 

 

 


Daniel Rubin

Areas of specialization: humanties, social sciences

Genre expertise: mock interviews (variety of formats including consulting), general presentations, policy presentations/speeches

Favorite topics to tutor: general presentations


Zakaria M Sharif

 

 

 

 


Laura Spector

Areas of specialization: biosciences

Genre expertise: technical speeches, persuasive speeches

Favorite topics to tutor: research talks, thesis defenses


Ryan Christopher Tan

 

 

 

 


Stephen Tang

Areas of specialization: social sciences, physical sciences, law

Favorite topics to tutor: interviewing, translating academic/technical language, reducing reliance on written scripts


Nantanick Tantivasadakarn

Class of 2020

Major: Symbolic Systems

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, research presentations, speech organization, slide design, body language


Amy Tarangelo

Areas of specialization: biology, natural sciences, humanities

Favorite topics to tutor: scientific talks, job talks, thesis/qualifying exam talks


Terence Theisen

Areas of specialization: biological sciences

Favorite topics to tutor: mock interview, research/conference talks, dissertations


Mya M Vinnett

Class of 2022

Majors: Communications and Psychology

Favorite topics to tutor: body language, performance, storytelling, and mock interviews


Rizina

 

 

 

 


Shizuka Yamada

Grad OCT


Victoria Yang

Class of 2021

Major and Minor: Economics and Computer Science

Favorite topics to tutor: presentation, mock interview, constructing arguments

Able to tutor in Chinese


Nadav Shai Ziv

Class of 2022

Major: International Relations

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, speech delivery, interviews