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
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CURRENT SPEAKING TUTORS
Mackenzi Curtin '18 is a senior concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Psychology. She is originally from East Bridgewater, MA which is about an hour south from campus. Outside of class, she is on the Harvard-Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew team. She enjoys running (and rowing) along the Charles and binge-watching Netflix in her spare time. Mackenzi is excited to help students improve their public speaking in all settings from speeches to interviews.
Sancharz Gore '19 is a junior concentrating in Computer Science. She hails all the way from Zimbabwe, where she spent all her life before coming to college. Outside of class Sancharz is actively involved with Youth Alliance for Development in Africa. She loves dancing Zumba, listening to music and watching Korean dramas. Sancharz is excited to meet and help students polish up their public speaking skills.
Christine Jou ’20 is a junior concentrating in Computer Science on the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Track and living in Currier House. Originally from Houston, Texas, Christine has a great love for temperatures below 80 degrees. Outside of class, she is involved in acapella, dance, Women in Computer Science, and Coding it Forward, but you’ll likely find her on a spontaneous food adventure or efficiently binge-watching a new Netflix show. Christine is excited to meet and work with students on campus that are looking to practice their public speaking.
Avanti Nagral '20 is a junior in Adams House, studying Psychology and Global Health/Health Policy, and pursuing a degree with the Berklee College of Music. She is a singer/songwriter and performing artist, and has a lot of experience being on stage and dealing with crowds, having performed at venues across India, the US and Asia! She spent the first half of her life in Boston, and the second half in Bombay. She is also very passionate about global health, empowerment and women's issues, and loves mentoring, biking, baking and rom-coms.
Jake Seaton ’19 was a founding member of Quorum Analytics, a software startup that began in a room in Mather in 2015. He dropped out after his sophomore year to get Quorum on its feet before returning to finish his degree in Computer Science. Now a senior in Eliot, Jake has spoken at Google Cloud Next and ROMBA, competed in pitch competitions such as HackHarvard and i3, and been on both sides of the recruiting process for startups and large companies.
Caleb Spiegel Ostrom ’18 is a second semester junior in Dunster House concentrating in Theater, Dance and Media. Caleb enjoys appearing in and producing campus theatrical productions and has had professional experience working in the news media. Originally from the mountains of Washington State, Caleb likes spending time outside jogging along the Charles. His passions include politics, aviation, and, of course, public speaking. Caleb looks forward to working with fellow students interested in building effective communication skills.
Sabrina Xiong '19 Originally from Queens, New York, I’m a senior in Quincy house concentrating in government with a secondary in economics. I played tennis my whole life and competed on the varsity team before getting injured last year. On campus, I’m mostly involved in Raise Uganda Now and Women in Business. I’m very passionate about bringing gender and socioeconomic equality to our communities. My favorite activities to do outside of class are exploring cities to find cute coffee shops and trying new workout classes with friends. I went through finance recruiting last summer and fall and have the most experience with sales & trading interviews. I can also help with investment banking interviews. I interned at an investment bank last summer as a sales & trading intern and will be returning after graduation! I can’t wait to work with students who are looking to improve their public speaking!