The Communication Center

Tutoring Services at the Communication Center

For Students: The R-MC Communication Center provides students with peer writing and speaking support. The Center, headed by a director, offers practice spaces and one-on-one or group consultations and feedback for writing and oral communication/presentation assignments.

For Faculty: At the request of faculty, our trained tutors can conduct workshops to support course-specific writing and oral communication projects and assignments.  

Additionally, the Communication Center Director, Dr. Seth Clabough, is available to work with faculty one-on-one or as a group to support writing and speaking in the curriculum.

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Walk-ins welcomed; appointments encouraged.

To make an appointment:

  1. Stop by the Center
  2. Call the Center at 752-3794 (If you leave a message when we're closed, we will return your call when we reopen to confirm your appointment).
  3. Schedule an appointment online (see below).

Fall & Spring Term Schedule:

Monday-Thursday: 3-10pm
Sunday: 6-10pm

January Term Schedule:

Mon-Thurs: 4-9pm
Sun: 7-9pm

Why Visit a Writing Tutor?

  • The tutors: We are staffed by friendly, faculty-recommended students.  Our tutors share a deep interest in writing and a welcoming disposition. 

  • We can help. Feeling uncertain about how to write a biology paper? Not sure what your sociology professor is asking for? A little unclear about your organization? Are you great with grammar but not so clear on those commas? We're the ones who can help you before you turn that paper in.  Our motto is "Any Subject, Any Level, at Any Stage."

  • Different tutoring times depending on what you need: We offer 25 minute and 55 minute tutoring sessions, so you can pick based on what you need.  Students can always make follow-up appointments after their first set of revisions.

  • We can help with other forms of writing: We specialize in academic papers, but we do more! If you want help with an application, a short story, or a submission to graduate school, we can give you feedback on that too.

Why Visit a Speaking Consultant?

  • The tutors:  Trained, faculty-recommended students help other students with presentational or small group communication.  
  • Help from the start: You don't need to have a completed presentation before coming to the Center.  Just bring your assignment and we can help.
  • Low stress environment: Consultants create a friendly low-stress environment where students can practice and can help with approaches to alleviating speaking anxiety.
  • The feedback:  Consultants provide feedback on everything from organization to delivery.  Some of these areas include: Finding a Topic for a Presentation: Generating Ideas; Organizing Ideas; Practicing; Receiving Feedback; Practicing Group Work; Receiving Feedback
  • The consulting space: A private Speaking Studio provides students (whether individual or group) the opportunity to privately practice their presentations.  At the request of the student, consultants can record the practice session and go over areas of improvement. 

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Where is the Communication Center? 

The Communication Center is located on  the 1st floor of the McGraw-Page Library directly across from the elevator. 

What Should I Bring With Me?

You should bring your assignment sheet, whatever you've completed of your paper/presentation (digital or print),  and a willingness to work with our tutor/consultant on improving your work.

Dr. Seth Clabough

Dr. Seth Clabough

Executive Director, Higgins Academic Center

Director, Communication Center

Assistant Professor of English

Services for Faculty:

Seth Clabough, the Director of the Communication Center, is available to work with faculty directly on writing or speaking-related issues.  

Faculty can contact him at or 804-752-3031.