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Colleen Q.

Humble, TX

$43/hr

English, math, history, Computers (20+ yrs)

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English, math, history, Computers (20+ yrs)

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I do believe that all ages of people learn best when they are having fun. I know I enjoy it more, and the client does too. I have worked in the Computer industry for over 20 yrs, and in all of that time I was developing and delivering courses to every age range, and every knowledge level. Have also worked in the Technical writing area, so essays are an area of specialty for me in teaching, a simple formula that always wins grades!

My favorite moment is when the student gets that look in their eye, that gleam that says "I think I have it, I think I can do that, I think I understand that" - that's what excites me! I'm not happy till you/your child has learned! Once that is achieved I have done my job.

Testimonials

"I wish I had her patience"

- Johnnie, Spring, TX on 4/13/12

"Decent tutor but did not focus on the tasks that were specifically requested"

- Josh, Humble, TX on 12/8/14

"Colleen is a Godsend!"

- Debbie, Humble, TX on 9/19/13

"I am impressed!"

- Stephanie, Kingwood, TX on 7/3/13

"Like her teaching style."

- Teresa, Spring, TX on 6/1/13

"Very Patient!"

- Keri, Humble, TX on 6/13/12

"Very Patient and Flexible"

- Uche, Spring, TX on 12/2/11

"Excellent teacher "

- Martha, Houston, TX on 9/19/11
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Geometry, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Archaeology, Astronomy,
Biology, Electrical Engineering,
Physical Science,
Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Archaeology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics,
Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business,
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Biology, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
STAAR
Corporate Training:
Business,
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer,
Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,
Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

ACT English, as all testing, can prove to be intimidating to students, especially their first time. I provide knowledge about the test, but more importantly I provide both testing skills to your child (the 'how to' of how to choose the best answer when you really don't know), and study skills ('how to' maximize your child's time in studying for the test).

Your child will love their test scores... & so will you.

ACT Math

Math testing. For most kids, those two words together strike terror in their hearts.

As we all know, good study habits, and good pointers on what to look for in testing really CAN make the difference between success and failure. Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry - like many upper level maths, can be really difficult for anyone to learn. And knowing what is coming up in testing - like the ACT can be a huge plus; linear algebra, theorems, etc. So having someone that will not only explain but be able to show the "how to" of so many strange pieces of math but also to let the student know - what's coming.

This is a necessity for kids going into testing that will determine their future college choices.

Being able to work the maths, comfortably, that's what I do. And giving students worksheets (for practice) really helps support the student in learning. Practice does make perfect.

The other vastly important piece of ACT (or any) testing is "how to figure out the answers if you are stuck". Understanding the "how to" of choosing answers well is another big piece of the puzzle, another piece that is incredibly important to the student.

I'm here, I have the tools, and I can help your child.

Algebra 1

Algebra, like many upper level maths, can be really difficult for anyone to learn; linear algebra, theorems, etc. So having someone that will not only explain but be able to show the "how to" of so many strange pieces of math & how to do the little tiny steps that so many folks take for granted & never explain. That's a necessity.

Being able to work the maths, comfortably, that's what I do. And the practice with worksheets really helps support the student in learning. Practice does make perfect.

I'm here and I can help.

American History

American History is a necessity in this country and some teachers can make it dull. I love it as it is the story of our country, with sad times and triumphal times all wrapped together. Every country has good and bad periods...we don't shy away from ours, both good & bad. We have a lot to learn from both.
The history, the stories themselves show our lives, our stories and how we became a nation. These stories, to me are quite exciting - join me in learning more about our past, and contributing to our future.

Astronomy

Astronomy and the study of the stars have always fascinated mankind, in fact, many of the mathematical systems in the world have come about due to our fascination with the stars, planets, and suns that we can see with the naked eye.

Ancient man was fascinated by the stars, and current man still is. Whether you want to learn more about the stars, the maths that connect them, or just how they interact...feel free to call.

Certainly more stars out there than in Hollywood ;-)

ASVAB

I have a special interest in prospective military candidates doing well; my Dad was West Point/Air Force, my granddad was Army & Army Air Force. So the Military has a special place in my heart.
Regardless of whether you/your child needs help in maths, English, or just logic...we'll get it done!

I always look forward to meeting a prospective military person & feel privileged in being able to help.

Business

Been working in the computer industry for 20+ yrs. Working at the top as project management, down to lower levels of BA (business analyst), systems analyst, etc. Heavy in process, gap management, training, and reporting information via dashboard.

Computer Programming

I have 30 years as a computer engineer and am an IEEE member. I started off in hardware (Compaq '84-'91), moved into software so I am very familiar with the intersection between the 2 disciplines.
While working in software I have learned many languages, built numerous websites, process & kaizen, consultant for the last 15 yrs. Please feel free to look at some of the rest of my computer areas on this site.

Have shifted from consulting (all over the country) to teaching / training. Because I love to see that look in someone's eyes of "I think I can, no, I know I can do it".

Computer Science

I have been a Computer Engineer for almost 30 years, have worked with every version of Windows that has been on the market. I have worked with every version of Office that has been on the market.
I have worked in the computer industry for the last 15 years building software for a variety of companies, have taught others how to build software and how to use that software, and yes I've also written training manuals on how to use it.

I'll be happy to help you on your journey through the computer, the software, your hardware, etc.
And you will see that the logic of it is really not that hard.

Desktop Publishing

Have been in computers for 20+ yrs, starting my own business in desktop publishing - a small local magazine in the Houston area that spread to other states surrounding TX, so I have the knowledge of the hands on of desktop publishing, and the know how of getting advertising for a publication, and getting the "word out". Desktop publishing done primarily with Adobe products. I was listed by Adobe at expert level initially in 1994.

DOS

I have worked in the computer industry since '79, when there was no Windows; the only way to converse directly with the computer was DOS or UNIX.

I still use those skills today. Many people in the industry do not need those skills today, but for the last 14 years I have built software from the ground up and taught others how to do the same.
That necessitates the knowledge of being able to access machines at their core levels - which includes DOS or UNIX types of languages.

Electrical Engineering

I have a business background - I started working in hardware in 1979, over the years moved into software.

I started with Compaq here in Houston, my work included hardware, software, testing, engineering. I worked with the Power Supply group & was Lead in testing all new boards for Power supplies for a two year period, before moving up in Engineering (hardware).

Over the years, process has proven to be more important, but the Hardware background (boards, transistors, etc.) has never left me. My IEEE Engineer number is available upon request.

Elementary Math

Math is so important, an absolute necessity in today's computer driven world. Oftentimes younger students do not get the attention & one-on-one instruction in the classroom that they need. And often parents are just unsure - I understand.

There's the importance to understand, especially at a young age, the dance of numbers, & just feeling comfortable with how to think about & play with numbers. That knowledge can never be taken away once the child learns how numbers work together. It's an incredible feeling to see a child -really- understand it.

English

English is so important and there are so many pieces to learn.

There's the way that the language is constructed, understanding verbs, nouns, and adjectives. How to use present and past tenses, and when. How to use irregular verbs and participles.
How to write papers, how to read for success, how to make notes for those papers. How to say and write things to make for smooth transitions in statements and ideas for others to read.

And most importantly, understanding the vocabulary, the building blocks of the English language itself.

I find that most people, especially students, need to add more words, more vocabulary to their repertoire.

ESL/ESOL

Have taught ESL to many students since early 90s. I have had many successes. I enjoy teaching it and the students seem to enjoy it.

General Computer

After more than 25 years as a Computer Engineer (IEEE) with a focus on building software, teaching process, & training in general, I find that I can help most folks.

Whether that's with your website, training on most of the Office products, how to setup your system, etc. Even working on a plan to teach a few of your office folks at the same time a particular area of the MS Office products, I can help.

Government & Politics

Government and politics are in high profile as subjects right now, and even more so due to a lack of general knowledge about these subjects.

As subjects, they are fascinating, especially because we have a very different form of governemnt than most.

It's a fascinating form of government, only 200 years old, in some ways so much simpler than others, in some ways so difficult to understand.

Microsoft PowerPoint

One of the reasons I am exceptionally qualified for PowerPoint success, & computer work in general, is that I've worked in the field for well over 25 yrs... In most of that time I've worked in positions where PPT has had to be used to make lovely, silly, simple & complex things clear to other folks.

Sometimes it's really fun, sometimes just very satisfying - a job well done.

Let me know which sort of presentation you wish to learn about or produce, we'll make it happen!

Microsoft Word

I have been working with Microsoft Office Suite & MS Windows since they first came out and have been teaching them almost as long.
There are peculiarities in all of the Microsoft products and I can help guide you on your learning journey because I've learned it and taught it for so many years.
And teach you all the tips and tricks for making templates to help 'fast track' your documentation skills (Word), your presentation skills (PowerPoint), & all of the other Office products...are you ready?

Physical Science

Knowing the physical sciences, and by extension "how the world works", is a big deal. We are asked every day in jobs, by the media, and in every level of school "do you know how this works?". And if you/your child do not know "how", then you are at a disadvantage.

This level of knowledge is a necessity for anyone that wants to do well in the world, no matter what level they are or that they aspire to. I really enjoy opening up the world of "How To..." to kids, seeing that look on their faces of "maybe I can do this, I really think I can do this" to "I CAN do this!".

That's what drives me and keeps me coming back for more!

Reading

Reading is such a fundamental need for everyone in our society, & critical reading is a fundamental need for everyone. The earlier that a child reads, & understands what is read, the better that child will do as the years go by.

Children that read early, normally have better opportunities in life, high school, college, etc.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a 'reading family'. I understood more at an early age, would converse easily with adults when I was under 10, etc.

Critical reading skills gives a poise & understanding to children, they feel that they CAN understand what is put in front of them (to read) and that they can figure it out. That can be an almost priceless gift to a child...

And I'm lucky enough to be able to help.

Religion

I have studied religion, theology, and philosophy for over 30 years. I am not an expert in any particular religion but I am well-versed in the big 3 mono-theistic religions, most of the general nature/wiccan/pagan types and a variety of the Buddhist/Eastern types.

I am happy to help in the area of comparative religion or any other areas that touch on religion of all sorts.

SAT Reading

In the course of tutoring and counseling, reading skills are just part of the package.

And the most important is 'how to' read for success. Many people (young and old) do not know how to 'critically' read information to precisely answer questions about a particular passage. This is just one of the skills I focus on.

In general skills, I show how to utilize those same 'critical reading skills' to develop small bite size items for use in SAT testing.

This is immensely useful in end of term testing situations - whether college, junior, or high school - bringing the same reading skills to bear throughout the semester and school year. This is very useful for a variety of testing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing - all areas of comprehension testing.

SAT Writing

In the course of tutoring and counseling, writing/essay skills are just part of the package.

And the most important is 'how to' write an essay for success - regardless of subject matter. Many people (young and old) do not know how to 'properly' write an essay to precisely answer the writing assignment question given to them, whether for a book, a particular passage, a specific issue or a general essay. This is just one of the skills I focus on.

This helps all students because writing an essay is a very simple formula, how the student achieves that essay shows their individual 'voice'.

And when the student writes that essay during testing, whether SAT, THEA, or a general college essay - they will have the confidence that comes from practice and multiple successes.

STAAR

I have worked with both young adults and children on all aspects of the STAAR, whether that is strategy on reading & highlighting info preparatory to answering questions, working with the math portions, test taking skills that eliminate answers, vocabulary work before testing to build their word knowledge, and practice writing samples long before the 'big day' of the STAAR test.
I have worked with a wide variety of students in many different testing areas; SAT, ASVAB, ESL, Praxis, etc.

Study Skills

In the course of tutoring and counseling, study skills are just part of the package.

This includes 'how to' read for success. Many people (young and old) do not know how to 'critically' read information to precisely answer questions about a particular passage. This is just one of the skills I focus on.

In general skills, I show how to utilize those same 'critical reading skills' to develop small bite size items for later use in testing. This can be immensely useful in situations like end of term testing - in both college and junior or high school - bringing the same study skills to bear throughout the semester or school year. This is very useful for a variety of testing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing - all sorts of comprehension testing.

Web Design

Have built websites - simple to complex - since 1996, most recent business website built in 2009. The process is rather complex, but simple for me, since it has been done for so long.
Some of the tools that I have worked with (that are still around) HTML, MS FrontPage, Corel, Adobe (PhotoShop, Acrobat, Distiller, Professional), CSS templates, and Paypal shopping carts.
My favorite web hosting service is GoDaddy.

Because I have done this so much, I will be able to take you through the process with much less hassle than you figuring it out on your own.

World History

The old saying is "those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." We learn best -hopefully- by seeing other's failures and successes and learning from them.
Fortunately, world history has more of those success/failure stories than just American History.

Let's learn together.

Writing

Writing is one of the most difficult things we do, especially if we do not understand the 'how to' of it. Writing IS a necessity; we write papers in High School, write better papers -hopefully- in College, and with even higher education - MBA, 'C' level work (CIO, CEO, etc.) we MUST know what our audience requires.

In short we MUST know how to structure the info that our audience needs. This is a learned skill, each of us must be trained to do this and do it well. This is what I teach, the 'how' of it.

Colleen’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Colleen. View all of Colleen’s resources

Hi Parents... The BEST way to keep your kids involved, & not lose any 'brain function' over the summer months, is to keep them busy with both ELA (English Language Arts) & Maths (algebra, geometry, basic math, etc.). You can take the easy route for Maths by using KhanAcademy.org (free for most of the site - yay!!) for your kids to 'drill' every day in math - whatever is... read more

WyzAnt wants to know... If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of academic or professional advice, what would it be? -DON'T be so serious!! Have more fun! Life is short... -take time to -wonder- at the universe in all its glories and strangenesses - look at the platypus and wonder "God, what in the world were you thinking with the platypus and armadillo... read more

Some books that I have found to be very useful for parents, whether that is to help your child become organized or just better understand where your child is 'coming from'...these can help you help them. ;-) I would also recommend calling Half Price Books, to see if they have a copy. If you can wait a week, they might be able to get a copy from another store. To help your child to 'get... read more

Lone Star College
Electronics
University of Houston - Downtown / Bachelors
Graduate Coursework

Education

Lone Star College (Electronics)

University of Houston - Downtown / Bachelors (Graduate Coursework)

I wish I had her patience — At first she seemed unconventional - she is and IT WORKS! When my child does not seem to be getting a concept Colleen is able to figure out another approach to show. When my child is distracted and 'just not into' the lesson, Colleen patiently pulls her attention back in. Lastly, she genuinely cares and scopes what is going on emotionally what may be causing mental blocks to learning. Colleen's ge ...

— Johnnie, Spring, TX on 4/13/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $43.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

2 students needing same lessons, same rate. Please ask for rates for special events & corporate classes. Cancellation: cancelled by 5pm the day before class - no charge; same day, one hour charge.

Travel policy

Colleen will travel within 20 miles of Humble, TX 77338.


About Colleen

I do believe that all ages of people learn best when they are having fun. I know I enjoy it more, and the client does too. I have worked in the Computer industry for over 20 yrs, and in all of that time I was developing and delivering courses to every age range, and every knowledge level. Have also worked in the Technical writing area, so essays are an area of specialty for me in teaching, a simple formula that always wins grades!

My favorite moment is when the student gets that look in their eye, that gleam that says "I think I have it, I think I can do that, I think I understand that" - that's what excites me! I'm not happy till you/your child has learned! Once that is achieved I have done my job.

Testimonials

"I wish I had her patience"

- Johnnie, Spring, TX on 4/13/12

"Decent tutor but did not focus on the tasks that were specifically requested"

- Josh, Humble, TX on 12/8/14

"Colleen is a Godsend!"

- Debbie, Humble, TX on 9/19/13

"I am impressed!"

- Stephanie, Kingwood, TX on 7/3/13

"Like her teaching style."

- Teresa, Spring, TX on 6/1/13

"Very Patient!"

- Keri, Humble, TX on 6/13/12

"Very Patient and Flexible"

- Uche, Spring, TX on 12/2/11

"Excellent teacher "

- Martha, Houston, TX on 9/19/11
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Education

Lone Star College
Electronics
University of Houston - Downtown / Bachelors
Graduate Coursework

Education

Lone Star College (Electronics)

University of Houston - Downtown / Bachelors (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

2 students needing same lessons, same rate. Please ask for rates for special events & corporate classes. Cancellation: cancelled by 5pm the day before class - no charge; same day, one hour charge.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Humble, TX 77338

Colleen’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Geometry, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Archaeology, Astronomy,
Biology, Electrical Engineering,
Physical Science,
Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Archaeology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics,
Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business,
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Biology, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
STAAR
Corporate Training:
Business,
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer,
Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,
Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Colleen’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Colleen. View all of Colleen’s resources

Hi Parents... The BEST way to keep your kids involved, & not lose any 'brain function' over the summer months, is to keep them busy with both ELA (English Language Arts) & Maths (algebra, geometry, basic math, etc.). You can take the easy route for Maths by using KhanAcademy.org (free for most of the site - yay!!) for your kids to 'drill' every day in math - whatever is... read more

WyzAnt wants to know... If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of academic or professional advice, what would it be? -DON'T be so serious!! Have more fun! Life is short... -take time to -wonder- at the universe in all its glories and strangenesses - look at the platypus and wonder "God, what in the world were you thinking with the platypus and armadillo... read more

Some books that I have found to be very useful for parents, whether that is to help your child become organized or just better understand where your child is 'coming from'...these can help you help them. ;-) I would also recommend calling Half Price Books, to see if they have a copy. If you can wait a week, they might be able to get a copy from another store. To help your child to 'get... read more


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