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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Communication Center?

The Communication Center is a free resource available to JMU students and faculty. We can help you with all phases of your communication-related assignment or event. Whether you need help with a speech, research, interviewing for a job, brainstorming, speech anxiety, confidence, exams, MREST or anything else - we are here to help you. An appointment gives you the opportunity to work face to face with some of the best communication tutors in the country. We have worked with everyone from students to staff and faculty. You don't have to be in GCOM or a Communication Studies major to receive communication help. 

Where is the Communication Center located?

We are located on the 1st floor of the Student Success Center (SSC 1155). Enter the center through the Learning Center entrance closest to Dunkin Donuts and make a right at the reception desk. 

Do you only help people with speeches?

No. There are many aspects of communication that our center can help with. Here are a few examples:

  • PowerPoint/ Other Visual Aids
  • Leadership Workshop
    • We can come to your organization and present our 45 minute Leadership Workshop—“Colors of Leadership”
  • One-on-one consultations.

Who can use the Communication Center? 

Any JMU student, staff or faculty member. We also work with community members through special partnerships. Please contact the Communicaiton Center Coordinator to look into community partnerships. 

How will I be assessed?

Our tutors will not give you a grade on your assignment, but we can offer helpful feedback. 

I haven't written my speech yet, can I still come in? 

Absolutely. We can help with brainstorming, outlining, visual aids, or any other step of your project. In fact, most clients do not come in fully prepared to practice on their first visit. 

Who will be helping me?

Our staff is highly trained and our center is one of the best in the country. Most of our tutors are undergraduate students but we also have one graduate student and one faculty member who tutor students as well.