Speaking Resources

SPEAKING TUTORS

Do you have an oral presentation due in class? Need to prepare for an oral exam? Do you feel shy about speaking in your seminar? Do you need help writing a speech for an important extra-curricular meeting? Come get free and confidential coaching from an undergraduate Speaking Tutor!

The undergraduate Speaking Tutor program is a collaboration between the Harvard College Writing Program and the Program for Speaking and Learning at the Derek Bok Center. The Speaking Tutors are available to help their fellow undergraduates prepare for oral presentations, oral exams, speeches, debates, recitations, or any other public speaking assignment in the classroom, or for extra-curricular activities. The tutors  provide coaching and feedback on all areas of public speaking including constructing and organizing persuasive arguments, engaging with an audience, and using the voice and body effectively. The Speaking Tutors are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants— students who have been specially trained through the Public Speaking Practicum course (Expos 40). They are chosen not only for their own excellent public speaking skills, but also for their ability to teach and coach others with empathy and passion.

To make an appointment with a tutor please sign up for office hours below. Make sure you are logged in with your Harvard ID. If you cannot make any of these times, please email us individually and we will try to make other arrangements. Our email addresses are available at the sign up tool for office hours. Please give us 24 hours to respond to your request.

Interested in becoming a Speaking Tutor? To apply for the Speaking Tutor position you need to take the Public Speaking Practicum course (Expos 40).

PEER TUTOR OFFICE HOURS

Please use our Sign-up tool.

CURRENT SPEAKING TUTORS

Claire Blumenthal '16 is concentrating in History and Literature with an American focus field. A current resident of Adams House, she is originally from Connecticut. Claire is specifically interested in the history of rhetoric and in public speaking as a platform for the discussion and the improvement of civil issues. She looks forward to practicing public speaking with her peers.

Sabrina Bukenya '16 is a junior pursuing a degree in Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She currently lives in Mather House but hails from Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda/Malawi. During her time at Harvard, Sabrina has worked mostly with Harvard Student Agencies as the manager of HSA Cleaners, a job that has allowed her to practice and hone her public speaking skill through interactions with potential clients and vendors. Outside academics, Sabrina is an avid reader and also runs a book drive that provides under-resourced schools in Kenya with reading materials- a passion she developed in high school. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of public speaking and communication techniques with students on campus.

C.C. Gong '15 is a junior in Currier House concentrating in Psychology with a secondary in Economics. She grew up in sunny southern California. At Harvard she is involved with the Undergraduate Council, SMHL, HMC and the Crimson. She has done speaking tours for a professional management company in China, and she hopes to help Harvard students learn the tips and tricks behind good public speaking.

Nikita Kansra '15 is a senior in Winthrop House. She is an economics concentrator with an interest in law and public policy. Since participating in speech and debate during high school, she has loved watching, developing, and delivering speeches, from arguments in favor of policy reform to narratives about personal experiences. Outside of class, she serves as Associate Managing Editor of The Harvard Crimson and enjoys reading and exploring the Boston/Cambridge area. She looks forward to working with members of the Harvard community while sharing and building upon her knowledge of public speaking.

Chisom Okpala ’15, is a senior in Lowell House concentrating in Economics. She is involved with the Harvard Africa Business and Investment Club, PBHA's Keylatch Mentoring Program and the Harvard Undergraduate Council. In addition to her role as recruitment chair of Harvard Undergraduates Speak, she hopes to foster public speaking best practices through her position as a peer speaking tutor. She looks forward to working with students on improving their public speaking by hosting practice sessions and giving constructive feedback.