Writing & Speaking

Writing & Speaking Consultations at Allegheny:


Become a Stronger Writer

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Our drop-in consultation hours are  from 3-5pm and 7-11pm Sunday through Thursday. You may stop by the Learning Commons at any time to meet with a consultant on a first-come, first-served basis, or you may schedule an appointment at your convenience using our online scheduling service.

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Learn more about the writing consultants here.

Students at Allegheny are required to write at every stage of their career and in a variety of disciplines. From your FS seminars to your Junior Seminar and Senior Project, you will be challenged to produce original writing that is clear, engaging, and polished. The Learning Commons offers free writing consultations for any Allegheny student who would like to work on his or her writing with a specially trained peer consultant. Peer consultants represent a wide variety of majors and are trained to work with writing from any discipline. Expository writing, persuasive writing, lab reports, personal statements, and creative pieces are just a few of the many types of writing with which our consultants are trained to assist you.

Two types of consultations are available at the Learning Commons:

Drop-In Consultations:

During drop-in consultations, consultants will guide you through a facilitated process of revision and brainstorming. Regardless of the stage you are at in the writing process–brainstorming, drafting, revision, polishing–the consultant can help you determine and practice the writing strategies that will help you achieve your individual goals for that paper. For more specific details about what you can expect during your writing consultation, click here.

You should plan to bring your draft and/or any notes/pre-writing you’ve done, a copy of the assignment, and a pen or pencil.

Matched Consultations:

If you would like to focus on improving your writing for an entire semester, matched consultants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to student writers who have participated in at least two (2) drop-in consultations.  Student writers and matched consultants meet one hour/week to help strengthen writing over the course of the semester and to address any general areas in which the writer would like to improve. A match is a semester-long commitment, and works best for students serious about meeting regularly with a consultant to work intensively on their writing.

To sign up for a match for Spring 2017, click here.

Speaking and Success at Allegheny!

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Schedule an Appointment to meet with a Speech Consultant.

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Allegheny’s FS program asks you to speak and write effectively from your first semester on campus, and speaking well is going to be essential to your success here and after you leave Allegheny.  From FS courses to your Senior Project, public speaking will be a big part of your time at Allegheny.

The speaking skills you develop here will be incredibly important in the professional world! According a 2010 study by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, 89% of employers want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students to develop their abilities to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

The emphasis on speech throughout the curriculum at Allegheny puts you ahead of your peers at other colleges, and the Speech Consultants in the Learning Commons are here to help you make the most of the speaking opportunities on campus.  Whether you are new to writing and presenting effective speeches or are an experienced public speaker, the Speech Consultants in the Learning Commons offer services and resources that can help you to achieve greater success.

At the Learning Commons you can practice your speech with a trained, supportive, student consultant who can help you:

  • Work on basic speech construction including issues of organization, transitions, introductions/conclusions
  • Develop a strong thesis and supporting evidence to make your speech more effective
  • Become more skilled in vocal and physical delivery to help you present your speech powerfully
  • Help you learn to use notes effectively
  • Use visual aids in compelling and creative ways to enhance your presentation

Learn more about What to Expect in Your Speech Consultation.