The Communication Lab

Communication Tutoring and Learning Support

Resources for Students to Develop and Practice their Communication Skills

Communication Tutoring and Learning Support Resources

WELCOME!  The Communication department offers learning support and resources for students to develop and practice their communication skills, including public speaking, presentations, interpersonal and small group communication, leadership, intercultural communication, business communication, mass media, and communication theory and research methods. Our goal is to support students’ academic and professional achievement and success by providing an inclusive and accessible learning environment where students, staff, and faculty can study and share communication concepts and ideas. 

FREE one-on-one and group tutorial support  

Communication Tutoring and Learning Support is available to any student currently enrolled in a Communication course at SBCC. Both in-person and online tutoring options are available. Additionally, students may see a tutor by appointment or by drop-in (no appointment needed). 

Tutoring is provided by Michelle (Links to an external site.) (Communication Laboratory Teaching Assistant). Additional peer tutoring hours will be added soon.

DROP-IN TUTORING (no appointment needed) 

More FREE SBCC Resources to Support Your Learning and Success 

  • Students are encouraged to use the Writing Center (located in the CLRC), which offers both in-person and online tutoring with Writing Center tutors by appointment and drop-in.
    • Writing Center Tutors support students in all subject areas with any assignment that involves writing (homework, discussions, outlines, speeches, presentations, papers).
    • Writing Center Tutors are also available to assist students with any writing related to their professional and educational goals (cover letters, resumes, applications, personal statements).
    • Tutorial support is available at any stage of the writing process, which includes many issues that frequently come up in tutoring sessions with communication students (going over complex/multi-step assignment instructions, reviewing and comprehending course material, navigating resources like course texts and Canvas, brainstorming and prewriting, drafting and revising, as well as proofreading and reviewing to ensure they are responding to assignment requirements).
    • Writing Center tutors are empower students by supporting them at any stage of the learning process; they assist students in planning and structuring their learning in a way that honors their individual needs and preferences, they help them connect with resources, and they practice strategies that help students build skills and become more confident. Additionally, Writing Center tutors honor and support student voices in all their diversity, and appreciate the community perspectives and cultural wealth students bring to their writing and learning.

  • Students may also work online or come to the CLRC to use the Computer and Technology Resources, and they may work in-person with one of the Computer Tutors, who support students in all subject areas with any computer or technology needs related to their coursework.
    • This is a great resource for students who need support navigating canvas, using google docs or other word processing or presentation software, and locating software tools that help them address formatting needs related to APA style guidelines (headers, hanging indents).
    • Computer Tutoring is provided by energetic and friendly peer tutors, as well as the highly-skilled and compassionate LRC Computer LTAs, Therese Schweidler and Regina Reese.

  • The SBCC Library provides a variety of support for students both online and in-person, including one-on-one service from stellar librarians and staff.
    • Students who need support in the research process or in understanding and following citation guidelines can find assistance here.
    • They can also borrow textbooks and course reserve materials from the library. Additionally, students may visit the library to check out a chromebook for an entire semester.

  • Students may also contact Information Technology (IT) for computer related questions and support through the helpdesk or Daily Zoom Drop-in Support (available Monday through Thursday, 10:30am to 8:00pm).
    • IT is the first resource I would direct students to when they encounter any challenges related to hardware or school-supplied technology. In particular, students depending on school-supplied chromebooks to complete video assignments should start by connecting with IT.

  • Information about additional support for students may be located at the Student Resource Finder.  Please explore and take advantage of the FREE campus resources that support both your well-being and academic success.




Virtual Communication Lab in Canvas

  • Virtual Communication Lab in Canvas
    • Students can self-enroll in our Virtual Lab in Canvas by clicking here, and then selecting the "join this course" button. * Enrolled students will have a Communication Lab course card added to their Canvas Dashboard, allowing easy access to the lab at any time.  
      *If you are not already logged into Pipeline, you will be prompted to enter your pipeline credentials.   

 Communication Studies Research Guides

Technology Resources and Distance Education

Writing and Citation



    • The Communication Department has openings for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 for the position of Communication Tutor.  We are looking for students who enjoy learning and are enthusiastic about sharing their experience and skills to support other students in the learning process.  This is an in-person, on-campus part-time position which may also include remote work. 

    • The Communication Department has openings for FALL 2022 and SPRING 2023 for the position of Communication Laboratory Assistant (CLA). This is an in-person, on-campus part-time position which may also include remote work.

    • Please contact Michelle Detorie if you have any questions.




SBCC Storytime

SBCC Storytime Project


The Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society invites you to join us for the SBCC Storytime Project!  At a time when so many children in our community remain at home, we hope to provide a way to share the love of reading with the younger members of our SBCC family and bring some joy to those who are working so hard managing the demands of school, work and family right now. Throughout the semester, we will be releasing fun and culturally inclusive stories read by our own SBCC faculty, staff and students. Children and parents who tune in for SBCC Storytime are eligible to enter to win a copy of some of the wonderful books we will be sharing this semester!  

Please invite the children you know who are part of our SBCC family to join the fun!  See below for a link to the SBCC Storytime playlist, a short promotional video explaining the project and a promotional flyer. SBCC Storytime will also be featured on the SBCC library website as well as on the Communication Lab webpage.  Check back throughout the semester as more great stories are added! This project is funded by a grant from the National Communication Association.



  • If you have questions about the Communication Lab or its resources, please feel free to contact Michelle Detorie.

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