Speaking Center

Help with Speeches – Presentations – Poster Sessions

Drake University’s new Speaking Center in Cowles Library is now open! Students can book appointments online to see a tutor for help in preparing, composing, and delivering speeches and presentations. Students, faculty, and staff members can reserve the Speaking Studio to practice and record their speeches or presentations alone or in small groups.

The Speaking Center is located in Rooms 18 & 19 in Cowles Library on the lower level near Classroom 45.

Speaking Center: Tutoring

Speaking Center tutors are students with experience and training in speech pedagogy who are prepared to assist students when selecting and narrowing topics, organizing ideas, drafting and revising an outline, preparing visual aids, and practicing delivery. The Speaking Center’s new location provides access to research and reference librarians who can help students gather resources. Our facilities feature a tutoring room and a speaking studio, where presentations can be recorded and saved by students, faculty, and staff members.


Schedule a personal meeting with a tutor by clicking the link below. Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes each, and students are encouraged to visit multiple times while preparing for a single event if they wish. If you have additional questions or need a special appointment, email speaking-help@drake.edu.

Schedule Your Tutoring Session Here



Speaking Studio: Presentation & Speech Practice


Drake students, faculty and staff members can reserve the Speaking Studio to practice and record presentations alone or in small groups. The Library provides assistance in setting up equipment and transferring recordings. Please read the instructions carefully when making a reservation.


Reserve Your Studio Time Here



Contact the Speaking Center

Email us at speaking-help@drake.edu


The Speaking Center and Speaking Studio are a collaboration between the Speaking Center, Drake Technology Services and Cowles Library.