The Public Speaking Lab (PSL)


ESF's Public Speaking Lab (PSL) is a free student to student service that supports the development of undergraduate students' public, academic, and professional speaking skills. PSL tutors work with students to develop successful presentations (from outlines to visual aids). The lab also functions as a rehearsal space and team room where groups of students can meet to plan, practice, film, and review presentations with or without a tutor.


The PSL is located in 13-B Moon Library (in the back of the Writing Resource Center).

Fall 2016 PSL Tutor Schedule

Students are welcome to use the PSL at any point during the library's regular hours of operation, and face-to-face consulting is available at the following times:

  • Mondays, 10 am – Noon & 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm
  • Wednesdays, 10 am – Noon & 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Thursdays, 11 – 5 pm
  • Fridays, 10 am - 2 pm

Please note that preference is always given to students who have reserved the room in advance through the PSL's online scheduling system. See below for instructions on how to reserve the lab and/or make an appointment with a consultant.

To Reserve the Lab for Practice or Planning

To reserve the lab, visit the PSL's online scheduling website and do the following:

  1. Create an Appointy account using a current email or Facebook account.
  2. Select "Room Reserve," choose a time that works for your schedule, and make an appointment. Please note that rooms can be reserved for up to two hours in 30-minute blocks.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation note from the Appointy System.

To Secure a Face-to-Face Appointment with a PSL Consultant

To secure an appointment with a tutor, visit the PSL's online scheduling website and do the following:

  1. Create an Appointy account using a current email or Facebook account.
  2. Select the consultant you would like to work with and then choose a time for your appointment. Appointments can be made in 30- or 60-minute blocks.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation note from the Appointy System.

Walk-ins are welcome, but students with room reservations and consulting appointments will be given preference.

Accessing the PSL

If you've made an appointment with a consultant, you can head straight to the lab, where the consultant will be waiting for you. If you have reserved the lab outside the designated consulting hours, you can check the PSL key out (with a current SUNY ESF ID card) at the Moon Library circulation desk.

To Receive Online Feedback for Presentations and Presentation Materials

In addition to our in-person consulting services, we also offer opportunities for students to receive digital feedback on their presentations and presentation materials. To receive online feedback, simply email a video of your presentation and/or digital copies of your presentation materials to In your email, provide some context for the presentation (e.g. the class or event where you'll be speaking, the time parameters of the presentation, etc.) and note if there are any particular aspects of the presentation that you would like the consultants to focus on. Please give consultants at least two business days of lead time to accommodate your request.

Faculty Requests for PSL Services

We welcome assignment and course-specific collaborations with faculty. In order to ensure that our small staff can receive training and accommodate students in a timely manner, we recommend that faculty contact the lab coordinator one month before the service is needed.

For more information, please contact Tom McGrath, the PSL Coordinator, at

PSL Staff

Morgan Beatey, Sophomore
Major:  Environmental Studies
Minor:  Environmental Writing and Rhetoric
Areas of Expertise:  Public Speaking & Writing Techniques.
General Interests:  World cultures, art, music, and the outdoors.

Mikayla Call, Junior
Major:  Environmental Biology
Areas of Expertise:  Outlining, presentation visuals and delivery skills.
General Interests:  I love horseback riding, hiking, skiing and traveling.

Ed Kroll, Junior
Major:  Environmental Studies
Areas of Expertise:  Organization, preparing and presenting.
General Interests:  Sports, volunteering and managing school with life.

Tom McGrath – PSL Coordinator
Email, 105B Moon, 315.470.6725
Areas of Expertise: Courses: EWP220, EWP420, EWP620


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