Centers for Academic Success and Achievement

Speech Consultation Service

The Writing Center is thrilled to be offering a brand new Speech and Presentation Consultation Service for IPFW students! 

Have you ever experienced shaky hands, a nervous feeling in your stomach, talking too fast, or not at all? The National Communication Association defines those characteristics as communication apprehension. Many of us feel these behaviors within ourselves every time we must speak in front of a group, or have witnessed them during someone else’s presentation. Practice can help build the presenter’s confidence and eliminate some, if not all, of these anxious behaviors.

National research suggests that the use of a speech practice service prior to a presentation may allow the individual the opportunity to achieve one letter grade higher than if they had not utilized the service: studies have shown that students who utilize peer tutoring (including communication centers) achieve higher GPAs which results in higher retention rates through the incorporation of oral communication within and outside of the classroom.

So how does the service work?
  • Make an Appointment through TutorTrac
  • Do a first-come-first-served walk-in with a consultant during center hours
How To Use TutorTrac to schedule an appointment
  1. Go to https://tutortrac.ipfw.edu [link]
  2. Sign in with your myIPFW username and password
  3. Click on Search Availability
  4. Choose (SPS) Speech Presentation Service from the Center drop-down menu
  5. Choose your course from the Section drop-down menu
  6. Click Search
  7. Click on the time slot you would like to schedule
  8. Save the appointment

If you need assistance making an appointment, please stop in at the Learning Commons Service Desk and the CASA Receptionist can help you.

What To Bring To A Consultation
  • Assignment sheet and grading rubric
  • Drafts, outlines, or notes
  • Articles, textbooks, or other sources

Bringing materials related to your assignment will help your appointment be more productive. If you have a draft started, you can bring a draft on a portable storage device, your laptop with your saved draft, a printed copy, or be able to access the file through an Internet/cloud storage medium. Please keep in mind that while there are several brand new computers in the consultation room, if they are all occupied you may need to access your writing through a mobile device.


The Writing Center is thrilled to be offering a brand new Speech and Presentation Consultation Service for IPFW students! 

Have you ever experienced shaky hands, a nervous feeling in your stomach, talking too fast, or not at all? The National Communication Association defines those characteristics as communication apprehension. Many of us feel these behaviors within ourselves every time we must speak in front of a group, or have witnessed them during someone else’s presentation. Practice can help build the presenter’s confidence and eliminate some, if not all, of these anxious behaviors.

National research suggests that the use of a speech practice service prior to a presentation may allow the individual the opportunity to achieve one letter grade higher than if they had not utilized the service: studies have shown that students who utilize peer tutoring (including communication centers) achieve higher GPAs which results in higher retention rates through the incorporation of oral communication within and outside of the classroom.

So how does the service work?
  • Make an Appointment through TutorTrac
  • Do a first-come-first-served walk-in with a consultant during center hours
How To Use TutorTrac to schedule an appointment
  1. Go to https://tutortrac.ipfw.edu [link]
  2. Sign in with your myIPFW username and password
  3. Click on Search Availability
  4. Choose (SPS) Speech Presentation Service from the Center drop-down menu
  5. Choose your course from the Section drop-down menu
  6. Click Search
  7. Click on the time slot you would like to schedule
  8. Save the appointment

If you need assistance making an appointment, please stop in at the Learning Commons Service Desk and the CASA Receptionist can help you.

What To Bring To A Consultation
  • Assignment sheet and grading rubric
  • Drafts, outlines, or notes
  • Articles, textbooks, or other sources

Bringing materials related to your assignment will help your appointment be more productive. If you have a draft started, you can bring a draft on a portable storage device, your laptop with your saved draft, a printed copy, or be able to access the file through an Internet/cloud storage medium. Please keep in mind that while there are several brand new computers in the consultation room, if they are all occupied you may need to access your writing through a mobile device.