What to Expect When You See a Tutor

 

How to Make an appointment

Writing Appointments

Writing consultants are expert writers and experienced, trained tutors who can help students at any stage of the writing process on any writing assignment. Undergraduate and graduate students can sign up for 120 minutes of tutoring per week, scheduled for 30 or 60 minutes.  You do not need to have a draft written to meet with a tutor. We can work with you on:

  • Brainstorming
  • Narrowing down a topic
  • Organization
  • Research skills
  • Idea integration
  • Transitions
  • Style

List of current appointment-based writing consultants

current appointment-based digital media consultants

See a drop-in writing tutor any time the Center is open, no appointment necessary

Please read the Writing Center policies and procedures.

Oral Communication Appointments

Oral Communication Tutors (OCTs), a highly-trained group of student consultants, are available to meet with students during regularly-scheduled shifts from Wednesday of Week 2 through Week 10 each quarter. OCTs are also available during Summer Quarter and by request during intersession weeks. Appointments are 45 minutes in duration; if you're rehearsing a talk that's 20 minutes or longer, we recommend scheduling two back-to-back sessions (for 1.5 hours total). Meet with an OCT to:

  • Brainstorm
  • Rehearse your presentation
  • Videotape your speech
  • Design effective visual aids
  • Reduce speech anxiety
  • Practice for your job interview

Current Oral Communication Tutors

To request a meeting with a lecturer from the Oral Communication Program, please submit the form https://www.stanford.edu/dept/undergrad/webforms/CTL/secure/OCPapptrequest.fb at least 3 business days in advance.

The Center

All appointments take place in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking in Building 250.  The following equipment is available during appointments:

  • Projection screen
  • Podium and whiteboard
  • Wireless presentation remote
  • Videocamera
  • Laptop

The Center also has a library of public speaking materials, including instructional videos, archives of effective talks, and books on speech-related issues.

Please read the Speaking Center policies and procedures.

Other Tutoring Resources on Campus