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Colleen O.

GWU Grad for SAT, ACT Test Prep, English, Reading, Writing

GWU Grad for SAT, ACT Test Prep, English, Reading, Writing

$89/hour

  • 2,282 hours tutoring

About Colleen


Bio

Hi! I'm Colleen. I graduated cum laude in the English honors program from the University at Buffalo. I also have a masters degree from the George Washington University where I won an excellence award for my master's thesis and was a graduate teaching assistant. I have three years experience working as an English tutor (for both native and non-native speakers) and teaching writing at the community college, high school and middle school level. Moreover, I have worked with children and...

Hi! I'm Colleen. I graduated cum laude in the English honors program from the University at Buffalo. I also have a masters degree from the George Washington University where I won an excellence award for my master's thesis and was a graduate teaching assistant. I have three years experience working as an English tutor (for both native and non-native speakers) and teaching writing at the community college, high school and middle school level. Moreover, I have worked with children and adolescents who have behavioral and/or developmental challenges (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) and thus, I am sensitive to their sensory needs and will adapt the tutoring sessions to accommodate their challenges. In addition, I have spent several years working as a health planner which required me to be responsible for writing and maintaining 25 different emergency response plans for an entire health district. Thus, I have a great deal of experience writing, reading, proofreading and public speaking in both the academic and real worlds.

I tutor SAT reading, writing, language and essay test preparation, ACT English and reading as well as TOEFL test preparation. I love helping students to perfect the skills and knowledge needed to do well on these tests. Moreover, I am excellent at helping students to stay focused and motivated to study and at effectively reducing the anxiety many individuals have associated with taking standardized tests.

The one-on-one instruction and encouragement that I provide not only imparts the technical knowledge and skills you need to succeed, but also helps you to develop the self-confidence to approach any assignment on your own. I encourage my students to think critically and will teach you how to use your strengths to their fullest extent while also identifying and improving your areas of challenge.

I provide continuous, positive feedback and ensure that the time we spend together is of high value. I am very patient and will take the time to listen, build a rapport with you and find t


Education

University at Buffalo
English Honors Program
The George Washington University
Masters

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  • Background check passed on 12/29/2016

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate academic career I have presented many research papers (including my master's thesis for which I won an award of excellence) as well as taught biology and bio-statistics laboratory classes. All of those situations required me to develop outstanding public speaking and oral presentation skills. In addition, my work as a public health emergency planner in the National Capital Region routinely required me to speak to large audiences consisting of health department staff, police, fire, EMS, television reporters and other governmental agencies often on short notice. Furthermore, because public speaking is essentially a performance art, I took an acting class at George Washington University to help me to improve my presence as well as to sharpen my oral communication skills.

Corporate Training

Proofreading,

Proofreading

I very much enjoy teaching students how to proofread and perfect their papers. I teach individuals how to carefully read and re-read their work for errors by having them check spelling, grammar and punctuation; I direct them to circle each punctuation mark and make sure that they understand the purpose of each one. In addition, I show students how to evaluate their writing for content, style, clarity and overall structure. I also help them to achieve accuracy in their citations (if their papers require them) through consulting reference manuals such as MLA, APA. Turabian, The Elements of Style, The Chicago Manual of Style and others.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate academic career I have presented many research papers (including my master's thesis for which I won an award of excellence) as well as taught biology and bio-statistics laboratory classes. All of those situations required me to develop outstanding public speaking and oral presentation skills. In addition, my work as a public health emergency planner in the National Capital Region routinely required me to speak to large audiences consisting of health department staff, police, fire, EMS, television reporters and other governmental agencies often on short notice. Furthermore, because public speaking is essentially a performance art, I took an acting class at George Washington University to help me to improve my presence as well as to sharpen my oral communication skills.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

I have experience working with children who have developmental challenges in the areas of reading, writing and spelling. I am very patient and understand how to build a rapport with a child in order to make learning to read and spell an enjoyable activity instead of a source of anxiety.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I use various methods of teaching vocabulary when I tutor and I tailor each session to the individual's specific needs. For example, I may use context clues, multiple meanings of words, teaching word roots and decoding skills to teach vocabulary to some students. For others, I may play games, such as "Word Scramble" or "Hangman" while discussing the meaning of the words and conduct structured conversations about challenging and essential vocabulary terms in addition to the methods mentioned above. Furthermore, as I get to know the student's learning style and understand how he/she learns, I may also use songs, music, real life objects, puzzles, etc. - whatever works to make learning vocabulary enjoyable and effective for the student.
Grammar

English

English,

English

I have a cum laude honors degree in English and also have three years tutoring English, writing and reading for all ages. I am patient, thorough and dependable and love working with students one- on- one.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I very much enjoy teaching students how to proofread and perfect their papers. I teach individuals how to carefully read and re-read their work for errors by having them check spelling, grammar and punctuation; I direct them to circle each punctuation mark and make sure that they understand the purpose of each one. In addition, I show students how to evaluate their writing for content, style, clarity and overall structure. I also help them to achieve accuracy in their citations (if their papers require them) through consulting reference manuals such as MLA, APA. Turabian, The Elements of Style, The Chicago Manual of Style and others.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate academic career I have presented many research papers (including my master's thesis for which I won an award of excellence) as well as taught biology and bio-statistics laboratory classes. All of those situations required me to develop outstanding public speaking and oral presentation skills. In addition, my work as a public health emergency planner in the National Capital Region routinely required me to speak to large audiences consisting of health department staff, police, fire, EMS, television reporters and other governmental agencies often on short notice. Furthermore, because public speaking is essentially a performance art, I took an acting class at George Washington University to help me to improve my presence as well as to sharpen my oral communication skills.
Reading,

Reading

I have experience working with children who have developmental challenges in the areas of reading, writing and spelling. I am very patient and understand how to build a rapport with a child in order to make learning to read and spell an enjoyable activity instead of a source of anxiety.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have helped several students improve their reading comprehension, language and writing skills as well as their test taking techniques and overall confidence. My most recent student took the June 2, 2018 SAT with extra time to check all of her work in the verbal section and is awaiting her scores with confidence that she achieved her target score.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I am certified to tutor SAT reading and writing and am currently helping another student prepare for the August SAT exam.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I use various methods of teaching vocabulary when I tutor and I tailor each session to the individual's specific needs. For example, I may use context clues, multiple meanings of words, teaching word roots and decoding skills to teach vocabulary to some students. For others, I may play games, such as "Word Scramble" or "Hangman" while discussing the meaning of the words and conduct structured conversations about challenging and essential vocabulary terms in addition to the methods mentioned above. Furthermore, as I get to know the student's learning style and understand how he/she learns, I may also use songs, music, real life objects, puzzles, etc. - whatever works to make learning vocabulary enjoyable and effective for the student.
Writing,

Writing

I believe that ALL students can improve their writing and learn to communicate with precision and clarity. When I tutor an individual in writing, I not only teach the basic components of writing such as syntax, spelling, grammar, tone, word choice, overall structure and organization, but I am also sensitive to his/her cultural background and learning style. Consequently, I create assignments and exercises that are of interest to the student and will help to motivate him/her to practice writing. Moreover, I teach writing as a process - one that requires patience and commitment. I also help students connect reading with writing; that is, I illustrate to them how to read literature, newspapers and articles for strategies and argument structure as well as for content, tone and themes. I explain to them how reading critically and reading more often will improve their writing.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar

Homeschool

English,

English

I have a cum laude honors degree in English and also have three years tutoring English, writing and reading for all ages. I am patient, thorough and dependable and love working with students one- on- one.
Reading,

Reading

I have experience working with children who have developmental challenges in the areas of reading, writing and spelling. I am very patient and understand how to build a rapport with a child in order to make learning to read and spell an enjoyable activity instead of a source of anxiety.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have helped several students improve their reading comprehension, language and writing skills as well as their test taking techniques and overall confidence. My most recent student took the June 2, 2018 SAT with extra time to check all of her work in the verbal section and is awaiting her scores with confidence that she achieved her target score.
Writing

Writing

I believe that ALL students can improve their writing and learn to communicate with precision and clarity. When I tutor an individual in writing, I not only teach the basic components of writing such as syntax, spelling, grammar, tone, word choice, overall structure and organization, but I am also sensitive to his/her cultural background and learning style. Consequently, I create assignments and exercises that are of interest to the student and will help to motivate him/her to practice writing. Moreover, I teach writing as a process - one that requires patience and commitment. I also help students connect reading with writing; that is, I illustrate to them how to read literature, newspapers and articles for strategies and argument structure as well as for content, tone and themes. I explain to them how reading critically and reading more often will improve their writing.

Most Popular

English,

English

I have a cum laude honors degree in English and also have three years tutoring English, writing and reading for all ages. I am patient, thorough and dependable and love working with students one- on- one.
Reading,

Reading

I have experience working with children who have developmental challenges in the areas of reading, writing and spelling. I am very patient and understand how to build a rapport with a child in order to make learning to read and spell an enjoyable activity instead of a source of anxiety.
Writing

Writing

I believe that ALL students can improve their writing and learn to communicate with precision and clarity. When I tutor an individual in writing, I not only teach the basic components of writing such as syntax, spelling, grammar, tone, word choice, overall structure and organization, but I am also sensitive to his/her cultural background and learning style. Consequently, I create assignments and exercises that are of interest to the student and will help to motivate him/her to practice writing. Moreover, I teach writing as a process - one that requires patience and commitment. I also help students connect reading with writing; that is, I illustrate to them how to read literature, newspapers and articles for strategies and argument structure as well as for content, tone and themes. I explain to them how reading critically and reading more often will improve their writing.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

I have experience working with children who have developmental challenges in the areas of reading, writing and spelling. I am very patient and understand how to build a rapport with a child in order to make learning to read and spell an enjoyable activity instead of a source of anxiety.
Writing

Writing

I believe that ALL students can improve their writing and learn to communicate with precision and clarity. When I tutor an individual in writing, I not only teach the basic components of writing such as syntax, spelling, grammar, tone, word choice, overall structure and organization, but I am also sensitive to his/her cultural background and learning style. Consequently, I create assignments and exercises that are of interest to the student and will help to motivate him/her to practice writing. Moreover, I teach writing as a process - one that requires patience and commitment. I also help students connect reading with writing; that is, I illustrate to them how to read literature, newspapers and articles for strategies and argument structure as well as for content, tone and themes. I explain to them how reading critically and reading more often will improve their writing.

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have helped several students improve their reading comprehension, language and writing skills as well as their test taking techniques and overall confidence. My most recent student took the June 2, 2018 SAT with extra time to check all of her work in the verbal section and is awaiting her scores with confidence that she achieved her target score.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I am certified to tutor SAT reading and writing and am currently helping another student prepare for the August SAT exam.
ACT English, ACT Reading

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Review of Colleen O.

Colleen has been working with my son to improve his writing skills for about two years. They have read a number of classic novels together and she introduced SAT vocabulary practice into their lessons. I hadn't specifically considered SAT prep for my son, but Colleen felt that with some work he could get an impressive score, and it would help with his overall writing skills. Boy was she right! My son scored 1420 his first time taking the SAT, which will be his last time since he's not a test-lover! He is thrilled with this score, which will look great on his college applications. His writing has come so far since they began working together; he trusts her guidance and feedback and truly looks forward to their lessons. She will continue to work with him through AP Language Arts and college essays. We feel so lucky to have found Colleen O.!

Julianne, 68 lessons with Colleen

Review of Colleen O.

Colleen has been working with my son to improve his writing skills for about two years. They have read a number of classic novels together and she introduced SAT vocabulary practice into their lessons. I hadn't specifically considered SAT prep for my son, but Colleen felt that with some work he could get an impressive score, and it would help with his overall writing skills. Boy was she right! My son scored 1420 his first time taking the SAT, which will be his last time since he's not a test-lover! He is thrilled with this score, which will look great on his college applications. His writing has come so far since they began working together; he trusts her guidance and feedback and truly looks forward to their lessons. She will continue to work with him through AP Language Arts and college essays. We feel so lucky to have found Colleen O.!

Julianne, 68 lessons with Colleen

Review of Colleen O.

Colleen has been working with my son to improve his writing skills for about two years. They have read a number of classic novels together and she introduced SAT vocabulary practice into their lessons. I hadn't specifically considered SAT prep for my son, but Colleen felt that with some work he could get an impressive score, and it would help with his overall writing skills. Boy was she right! My son scored 1420 his first time taking the SAT, which will be his last time since he's not a test-lover! He is thrilled with this score, which will look great on his college applications. His writing has come so far since they began working together; he trusts her guidance and feedback and truly looks forward to their lessons. She will continue to work with him through AP Language Arts and college essays. We feel so lucky to have found Colleen O.!

Julianne, 68 lessons with Colleen

Review of Colleen O.

Colleen has been working with my son to improve his writing skills for about two years. They have read a number of classic novels together and she introduced SAT vocabulary practice into their lessons. I hadn't specifically considered SAT prep for my son, but Colleen felt that with some work he could get an impressive score, and it would help with his overall writing skills. Boy was she right! My son scored 1420 his first time taking the SAT, which will be his last time since he's not a test-lover! He is thrilled with this score, which will look great on his college applications. His writing has come so far since they began working together; he trusts her guidance and feedback and truly looks forward to their lessons. She will continue to work with him through AP Language Arts and college essays. We feel so lucky to have found Colleen O.!

Julianne, 68 lessons with Colleen

Review of Colleen O.

Colleen has been working with my son to improve his writing skills for about two years. They have read a number of classic novels together and she introduced SAT vocabulary practice into their lessons. I hadn't specifically considered SAT prep for my son, but Colleen felt that with some work he could get an impressive score, and it would help with his overall writing skills. Boy was she right! My son scored 1420 his first time taking the SAT, which will be his last time since he's not a test-lover! He is thrilled with this score, which will look great on his college applications. His writing has come so far since they began working together; he trusts her guidance and feedback and truly looks forward to their lessons. She will continue to work with him through AP Language Arts and college essays. We feel so lucky to have found Colleen O.!

Julianne, 68 lessons with Colleen

Review of Colleen O.

Colleen has been working with my son to improve his writing skills for about two years. They have read a number of classic novels together and she introduced SAT vocabulary practice into their lessons. I hadn't specifically considered SAT prep for my son, but Colleen felt that with some work he could get an impressive score, and it would help with his overall writing skills. Boy was she right! My son scored 1420 his first time taking the SAT, which will be his last time since he's not a test-lover! He is thrilled with this score, which will look great on his college applications. His writing has come so far since they began working together; he trusts her guidance and feedback and truly looks forward to their lessons. She will continue to work with him through AP Language Arts and college essays. We feel so lucky to have found Colleen O.!

Julianne, 68 lessons with Colleen

Wonderful!

We all thought Colleen was just wonderful. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We are so grateful for her help and look forward to working with her.

Stacey, 12 lessons with Colleen

Broad Skill Set

Colleen has a breadth of knowledge that she is able to inspire her students with. She is also able to gauge them well and know where they are able to stretch and yet not fatigue them!

David, 52 lessons with Colleen

Very Patient and knowledgeable

Colleen spend a lot of time to understand our needs and listen to us. She makes sure to find a way to interest my son to learn. She is also very knowledgeable and prepared before the lesson. Very happy that we found her and I will recommend her to anyone!

Catherina, 31 lessons with Colleen
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