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Barton College Academic Support

Barton College offers five major academic support areas: peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, oral communication tutoring, Smarthinking online tutoring, and success coaching.

Oral Communication Center

Welcome to the  Barton College Oral Communication Center

Who are we?

  • Welcome to the Oral Communication Center.  The Oral Communication Center or OCC, as we like to call it, opened on January 19, 2016.  It was founded by a faculty committee known as the "Students Learning by Doing" Committee.  The OCC employs students who have excelled in the area of oral communication.  These students support students in learning to become excellent communicators and they support faculty in their efforts to teach oral communication.
  • We have four tutors:  Callie Burnette, Janae Cunningham, Tyler McNeill, and Jenna Sutton.

What do we do?

  • The OCC provides tutoring.  Our tutors are trained to support students in figuring out topics for assignments, brainstorming about those topics, honing speeches, practicing speeches, and organizing presentations.  The tutors will not do the work for you.  Rather, they serve as a sounding board so that you figure out how to be the best public presenter that you can be.  Tutors are ready and willing to serve any student, faculty, or staff member interested in improving oral communication skills.
  • The OCC offers classroom support.  If you are a faculty member teaching an oral intensive class and you desire your students to have added support, you may sign up to bring your class to the Oral Communication Center.  In some cases, we are able to send our tutors to your classroom.  Tutors are prepared to lead an entire class period on how to prepare and present a speech.  They will offer best practices in oral communication.  They can come to your classroom to record your students giving speeches and then send the videos to you.  With use of the video recording, you will be required to receive student feedback on each of the speeches.

When are we open?

  • Appointment Hours:  You can make an appointment with a tutor during the Library hours.  You will select a specific time with your tutor when you complete the tutor request form.  See "How do I Request a Tutor" below for more information.
  • Please note that we will not provide services over holidays or during times that the campus is officially closed.

Where are we located?

  • Appointment Hours:  Appointment hours may be held in the Library Technology classroom or in the Social Justice Room. This location depends on the specific needs of your appointment and will be determined when you communicate with your tutor.
  • Class Sessions (for faculty):  Class sessions will be held in the Library Technology Classroom or in some cases, the tutor may come to your classroom.

How do I request a tutor?

  • Go to any Canvas course.  Once inside the course, click on the left navigation bar where it reads "Schedule a Tutor."  Our system will navigate you to a page where you can select the Oral Communication Center and the tutor you would like to request.  The system is intuitive but if you have questions, feel free to email us at or stop by the Office of Academic and Career Planning.  Please be certain to fully complete the request form.  The more specific information that you provide, the better we can aid you.
  • For Faculty:  To request a tutor for your class, email Blythe Taylor, director of academic support, directly at

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