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!

Marilu Krystal Bravo

Marilu Bravo

Class of 2019

Major: Comupter Science and Spanish

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2 and slide design

Able to tutor speaking in Spanish

Susan Brewer

Areas of specialization: biosciences, microbiology, immunology

Genre expertise: mock interviews scientific presentations

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

Lilli Kalani Wakinekona Carlsen

Class of 2019

Major: International Relations

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, slide design, Thinking Matters, and anything else you need help with!

Seth Michael Chambers

Class of 2020

Major: Classics/History

Favprote Tpics to Tutor: mock interview, speech anxiety, sppech organization

Juliana Chang

Class of 2019

Major and Minor: Linguistics and Creative Writing

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2

Able to tutor speaking in Chinese Mandarin

Janet Constance Coleman-Belin

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Architectural Design and Human Rights and Spanish. Pre-Med

Favorite Topics to Tutor: Everything! I love tutoring at all points in your presentation journey. Communicating clearly is an incredibly powerful skill, regardless of academic or professional discipline.

Able to tutor speaking in Spanish

Alexandria Michelle Coughlin

Class of 2019

Major and Minor: Symbolic Systems and Modern Languages

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, elevator pitch, non-verbal communication, slide design

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

Erika Nicole DePalatis

Class of 2019
 
Major and Minor: English and Italian
 
Favorite topics to tutordelivery, gestures, speech anxiety, content structure

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

Joseph A Fenner

 

 

 

 

Pablo E 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

Serena Elizabeth Harber

Class of 2019

Major and Minor: Human Biology and Spanish

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, Human Biology

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

Ezra Jackson-Smith

Class of 2019
 
Major and Minor: TAPS and Creative Writing and Human Biology
 
Favorite topics to tutorspeech anxiety, written vs spoken language, delivery style

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 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

Lucas Benjamin Lawrence

Class of 2019
 
Major: Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies
 
Favorite Topics to Tutor: I love working with folks who are interested in developing their speaking skills, regardless of what stage in the process you're at!

Michelle Lissner

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

Lloyd Lyall

Class of 2019
 
Major and Minor: International Relations and Economics
 
Favorite topics to tutor: policy and social issues, political issues

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

Jessi Piggott

Areas of speacialization: theater and performance studies
 
Favorite topics to tutor: speech anxiety, effective speaking

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 2019
 
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 A 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

Ali Edip Sarilgan

Class of 2019

Major: Management Science & Engineering

Favorite topics to tutor: speech anxiety, interviews, PWR2, storytelling, political speeches

Kaitlin Margaret Schroeder

Class of 2019

Major: Human Biology and the Notation in Science Communication

Favorite Topics to Tutor: PWR2, Thinking Matters, mock interviews, slide design

Benjamin Thomas Share

Class of 2019

Major: Computer Science

Favorite topics to tutor: interviews, big speeches, any type of presentation

Able to tutor speaking in Spanish

Laura Spector

Areas of specialization: biosciences

Genre expertise: technical speeches, persuasive speeches

Favorite topics to tutor: research talks, thesis defenses

Samantha Yao Starkey

Class of 2019
 
Major and Minor: Human Biology and Education
 
Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2 and other public speeches, debate prep, engaging an audience, translating from academic writing to a speech format

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

Ellen Hanley Woods

Class of 2018

Major: Symbolic Systems and TAPS

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, presentations, interviews, vocal technique

Shizuka Yamada

Grad OCT

Catherine Yuh

Areas of specialization: social sciences, law
 
Genre expertise: mock interviews
 
Favorite topics to tutorprofessional development, PowerPoint, informal presentations, engaging audiences

Monica Zwolinski

Areas of specialization: law, cognitive studies, business
 
Favorite topics to tutorspeech anxiety, effective speaking, mock interview