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"In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.: "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write."
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The Hume Center for Writing and Speaking works with all Stanford students to help them develop rich and varied abilities in every aspect of writing and oral communication. In free individual sessions, Hume tutors help students get started on assignments; address and overcome writer's block or performance anxiety; learn strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading; and understand academic conventions in their fields.

Learn more about our mission and history

Hume Center Hours and Location

Winter Quarter Tutoring Dates

Sunday, January 9 – Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Please note that Hume will be fully virtual for the first two weeks of operation, resuming in-person tutoring on January 18th.

Tutoring Hours

  • Monday - Wednesday 10 am–8:30 pm
  • Thursday 10 am–7:30 pm
  • Friday 10 am–4:30 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm–7:30 pm


We're located on the southeast edge of the main quad, across from the Bing wing of Green Library, in Building 250. Come see us!

A map of Stanford's main quad with the Hume Center's location circled in red

In-Person and Online Tutoring

Tutoring session at the Hume Center

Writing and Speaking Tutoring

Writing and oral communication tutoring. Appointments can be booked on TutorTrac. Learn more by following the link below.

Drop-in tutoring at the Hume Center.

Drop-in Writing Tutoring

Drop-in writing tutors, also known as peer writing tutors, are undergraduates who have been trained to help students at any stage of the writing process and can work with any piece of writing.

Find out what to expect when you see a tutor.

What to Expect

Find out what to expect when you see a tutor.


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Welcome Videos and Writing Tips for Frosh and Transfers

The Hume Center provides resources to undergraduate and graduate students for any kind of writing and speaking at every stage of the process. In addition to individualized tutoring, we offer a range of workshops, events, and other programming to support a lively campus culture of communication. Browse our videos with writing tips from the Hume Center Director as well as peer and graduate writing tutors!
Check out all the videos here

Hume Center Director Dr. Zandra L. Jordan discusses the basics of flow

Oral Communication lecturer Dr. Tom Freeland encourages you to speak up and ask!

Hume Center for Writing and Speaking Canvas Page

To get in touch with Hume staff during email service interruptions or to see a drop-in writing tutor, please self-enroll in our Hume Center for Writing and Speaking Canvas page.

Enroll Here

In Conversation with the Inaugural Poem

Shaping the Future with Language: A Student Write-In/Speak-In

Amanda Gorman's brilliant Inaugural Poem reminded us of the power language has to call us to reckon with our past, seek greater connection with each other, and build collective futures big enough for us all. In this virtual write-in/speak-in, students share their messages to Stanford and to the nation in conversation with the poem. Watch the recording to enjoy their original poetry, curated images and songs, and video performance.

This event was co-sponsored by the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Special thanks to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne for his inspiring remarks and to A-lan Holt, director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, for her dynamic poetry.