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!

Susan Brewer

Areas of specialization: biosciences, microbiology, immunology

Genre expertise: mock interviews scientific presentations

Favorite topics to tutor: mock interviews, crafting effective slide decks

Alexandra Crew

Class of 2020

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

Favorite topics to tutor: speech anxiety, body language, anything you're passionate about

Ethan Cruikshank

Class of 2020

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

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

Pablo Exiquio Garcia

Class of 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

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

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

George Eustis Stephenson Kingston

Class of 2021

Major: Political Science

Favorite Topics to Tutor: brainstorming, storyboarding, storytelling, acting, voice, impromptu speeches, mock interviews

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

Cindy My Anh Nguyen

Class of 2019

Major and Minor: Bioengineering and Computer Science

Favorite topics to tutor: slide design, PWR2, science

Vincent Jan C Nicandro

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Computer Science and Classics

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

James Pillot

Class of 2020

Major: Electrical Engineering

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, elevator pitches, mock interviews, teaching a subject, creating speeches from scratch, gaining confidence in speaking

Madison Jane Pobis

Class of 2020
 
Major: Earth Systems (Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate) and the Notation in Science Communication
 
Favorite topics to tutorvisuals and slide design, finding a unique voice

David Alan Rios

 

 

 

 

Emma Sarah Rothenberg

Class of 2019

Major and Minor: History and TAPS and Spanish

Favorite topics to tutor: storytelling, presenting with passion and clarity, speech anxiety

Able to tutor speaking in Spanish

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

Laura Spector

Areas of specialization: biosciences

Genre expertise: technical speeches, persuasive speeches

Favorite topics to tutor: research talks, thesis defenses

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 interviews, thesis defenses, research presentations

Dorothy Tovar

Areas of specialization: biological sciences, microbiology, immunology, ecology

Favorite topics to tutor: speech anxiety, science communication for broad and field-specific audiences, audience engagement

Able to tutor in Haitian creole

Shizuka Yamada

Grad OCT