MIT graduate students and postdocs affiliated with EECS are welcome to make an appointment with the Communication Lab. We’ll support your communication work by having conversations with you about high-level principles like audience, structure, and message, rather than focusing on line-editing or grammar. We are particularly strong at brainstorming and outlining and encourage you to include the lab in your process as early as you can so that you get the most out of the experience.
Option 1: Use our online scheduling system
The first time you use the system linked above, you will need to register. You will then be able to see all of the Communication Lab Advisors’ available times and pick one that will work best for you.
Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
If none of the Advisors’ times work for you or you want guidance figuring out which Advisor would be a good match, contact us. Let us know what you’re working on and when it’s due. We’ll do our best to help you get the coaching you need to meet your deadline.
Option 3: Contact an Advisor directly
Check out our Advisor bios to see if there is a particular Advisor whose background may be a good match for you and your communication task.
Communication Lab Policies
Who can use the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Communication Lab?
- The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Communication Lab’s services are free and available to anyone who is in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, affiliated with a Department lab, or taking a Department class. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please contact the Communication Lab Manager to inquire.
- If you are not in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, check whether your Course has a Communication Lab available here.
How do Communication Lab sessions work?
- Coaching sessions are kept confidential. Communication Lab Advisors do not share information about client relationships and work.
- Sessions can be no longer than 60 minutes.
- All coaching sessions must take place in public locations such as the Communication Lab, a café, or the library.
- Cancellations must be made at least 3 hours in advance (preferably 24 hours in advance, to respect Advisors’ time). Otherwise, they will be counted as missed appointments.
- If a client misses three appointments, they will not be able to take advantage of the Communication Lab during the following four months.
What can and can’t I expect Communication Lab Advisors to do?
- Advisors will have conversations with clients about their work. As needed, Advisors may use video chat, phone, or other media options to have such conversations.
- Advisors do not provide written feedback.
- Advisors are not obligated to read client documents or otherwise prepare before sessions. If you plan to work on a longer document in one session, think in advance about which specific sections or elements would be most helpful for you to focus on during your session.
- Advisors are not available for private hiring or contract work and will not accept gifts from clients.
- Advisors do not replace TAs, course instructors, or S3.
Additional communication consultation resources at MIT
The MIT Writing and Communication Center also offers one-on-one communication consultation on written and oral communication, provided by MIT lecturers who are published writers and experienced teachers. Their services include specialized support for English Language Learners.