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Colleen L.

Nashville, TN

$50/hour

Professor for Writing including Theses and Dissertations

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/23/13
4.8 average from 122 ratings
Very knowledgeable.
— Rusty, Mount Juliet, TN on 1/18/13

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Mount Holyoke College
Biological Sciences
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Master's
Brandeis University
PhD

Education

Mount Holyoke College (Biological Sciences)

University of Michigan School of Public Health (Master's)

Brandeis University (PhD)

About Colleen

My name is Colleen and I am an assistant undergraduate and graduate school professor. I am also a certified tutor with 10 years experience. While many of these years have been tutoring in various formats, with various ages, and in various subjects, I am now only providing writing assistance to undergraduate and graduate students writing their theses and dissertations. I can work as your reader, editor, or both depending on your needs.

My education consists of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College, a Master of Arts degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Social Welfare Policy from Brandeis University with a specialization in Mental Health Policy.

I am also a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please send me an e-mail. I try to respond within 24 hours.
My name is Colleen and I am an assistant undergraduate and graduate school professor. I am also a certified tutor with 10 years experience. While many of these years have been tutoring in various formats, with various ages, and in various subjects, I am now only providing writing assistance to undergraduate and graduate students writing their Read more

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Travels within 30 miles of Nashville, TN 37211
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"Very knowledgeable."

- Rusty, Mount Juliet, TN on 1/18/13
Colleen replied on 3/23/2013

Rusty,

Thank you for being a wonderful Excel student! Your enthusiasm for and dedication to learning Excel was the key to wonderful tutoring sessions. I greatly enjoyed helping you meet your goals!

"The reviews are true"

- Lakisha, Madison, TN on 9/28/13

"Fantastic!!!"

- Kirk, Hermitage, TN on 7/13/13
Colleen replied on 7/14/2013

You were a highly motivated student -- the kind of student that makes tutoring worth it! It was a pleasure to work with you! I hope you reach all the goals you have set for yourself. You deserve all the best!

"Exceptional Tutor"

- Sean, Nashville, TN on 5/29/13

"Just what I needed!!!"

- Latoya, Antioch, TN on 4/23/13

"Alway prepared"

- Don, Columbia, TN on 3/22/13
Colleen replied on 3/23/2013

Don,

It is always my intention to prepare well for my students. It is the least I can do to help them meet their goals. It is also important, to me, that my students know I do not know everything but will do my level best to answer every question and meet their needs as best I can. You are a wonderfully talented, dedicated, hardworking student who I am sure will do well in all your studies. The process is just as important and the production and you have greatly improved in both! Thank you for the opportunity to help you!

"Good tutor"

- Frank, Hendersonville, TN on 3/14/13
Colleen replied on 3/23/2013

Frank P.,

It was an absolute pleasure working with your son. He is a wonderful, intelligent and promising young man! I know he will do well not only on the ACT but in life as well. You and your son showed great teamwork in getting his needs met. It was not only a pleasure working with him but also with you; hands-on parents are the best allies a tutor can have! Thank you for the opportunity to work with your son!

"Excellent tutor!"

- Terri, Nashville, TN on 10/27/12

"Great tutor!"

- Betsy, Franklin, TN on 10/26/12

"Awesome, Prepared Tutor in Nashville!"

- Shayna, Nashville, TN on 2/24/12

"Very patient and helpful"

- Marcy, Nashville, TN on 1/22/12

"Great Tutor"

- Adel, Nashville, TN on 1/14/12

"Awesome!"

- Mercy, Mount Juliet, TN on 11/1/11
Math:
Elementary (K-6th), Linear Algebra, Precalculus
English:
English,
Writing
Language:
Spanish, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th)
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Writing
Business:
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer,
Softball,
Swimming,
Tennis,
Volleyball

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.

English

I have always been interested in English (probably because I love to write). During my senior year in high school, I recognized I might be missing some key English skills so I joined the grammar club at school. The club consisted of mostly seventh and eighth graders. I was a little embarrassed but it turned out to be the best thing I could have done. I had missed some key grammatical skills (such as mapping sentences). Despite this lack, I always did well in English classes in high school. During college, I did incredibly well in English classes writing essays and longer term papers. English is one of my favorite subjects and I tend to express that when helping my students prepare for tests, write essays, or develop theses and dissertations.

Soccer

I have been a soccer fanatic since I joined the soccer team in high school. I played right fullback for the first two years of high school and goalie for the remaining two years. I know the rules and regulations regarding soccer. I can teach the student how to play each position to the best of their abilities. I have exercises to increase their dexterity with the ball. I believe the ideal soccer player should have equal dexterity with both their right and left feet. While I do not currently play soccer, I am well-versed in the rules and regulations, position characteristics and needs, and team dynamics. I follow both men's and women's professional soccer. I believe it is the greatest sport on earth.

Softball

As a former high school varsity softball player, I am intimately aware of the needs, rules, regulations, and aspects of each position on the field. I played for four years in high school; I played right field and catcher. As a team leader (when playing catcher), I was very successful in bringing the team together and helping team members to improve their skills. While not presently on a softball team or managing one, I am still very much into the sport. I am cognizant of the many rules and regulations associated with softball.

Swimming

Swimming contains the ability to move, in an organized fashion, from one point in the water to another. The organized fashion is usually via a common swimming stroke such as freestyle, backward, breast or butterfly. Swimming, in contests (called meets), can consist of small yardage swims of 25 yards or as much as 1600 yards. Swimming strokes rely on both hand and feet movement. In general, both hands and feet work in tandem in all four strokes. Swimming can be done by individuals or teams. A common way of swimming all four strokes is by swimming what is known as an individual medley--typically swum by doing the backstroke first, then butterfly, breast, and free.

I have been swimming since age 4 when I was on a recreational team. I upgraded to a AAU team at age eight and prepared for the junior Olympics (although I never went). I was a backstroke and breaststroke expert and have swum in countless meets. At one point, I had the fastest backstroke time in the AAU. I had fast times in freestyle as well.

Tennis

Tennis is a sport in which two players, separated by a net, try to hit a tennis ball with a racquet in such a way as to get their opponent to: (1) miss the ball, (2) have the ball hit the ground more than once, or (3) hit the ball into the net. The court consists of a large rectangular box separated by a net in the middle. On each side of the net is a rectangle and two squares. The squares are known as the "ad" and "deuce" courts. This is important when serving the ball to your opponent. Scoring is done as follows: 15-30-40-game, set, match. The first person to six games wins the set. Typically, women play three set matches (professionally) and men play five (but there are always exceptions). Beyond singles play there is doubles play where two players are on each side of the net. Scoring is the same as in singles games except a doubles match usually consists of three sets. All you need to play tennis is a court, tennis racquet and tennis balls. Some people where goggles but other than that there generally is no safety equipment. However, some people do where support tape when they have a weak or hurt ankle, knee, finger, wrist etc. I have played tennis for more than 10 years---mostly singles. Having torn my Achilles tendon and Meniscus, I wear protective and supportive equipment but continue to play at least once a week.

Volleyball

Volleyball is a team sport where two teams of six players each are separated by a net. The object of the game is to have the volleyball hit the ground on the other team's side of the net. The server (everyone takes turns serving depending on their position on the floor) can serve overhand or underhand (depending on their ability). Scores generally go to 21. Safety equipment for volleyball usually includes knee and elbow pads (and can also include goggles). The sport can be played on a court or on the sand.

I have played volleyball for six years. I have played in all positions and love the sport. More than that, I have played on intramural teams in graduate school.

Writing

Writing is one of my favorite things to do. As an undergraduate student I studied sociology which required a great deal of writing. The writing included short essays to longer term papers. As a graduate student, I wrote both a thesis and a dissertation. I have written a variety of types of documents whether simple descriptions, analyses, policy analyses, etc. Writing involves clear steps prior to the actual writing of the document. At the most basic is a topic outline which tells you what idea or ideas are going to be written about in each paragraph of the paper. This allows the writer to stay on topic and to include all the necessary items he/she identified in the topic outline. There are a variety of other tools that are extremely helpful in writing. I am well-versed in the use of these tools and have used all of them at some point during my career.

Mount Holyoke College
Biological Sciences
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Master's
Brandeis University
PhD

Education

Mount Holyoke College (Biological Sciences)

University of Michigan School of Public Health (Master's)

Brandeis University (PhD)

Very knowledgeable.

Colleen is not only very knowledgeable but is very good at communicating the subject being taught. Colleen takes the time to learn the student's needs and does a great job of developing a plan to meet the needs of the student. You will not be disappointed with the results.

— Rusty, Mount Juliet, TN on 1/18/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Colleen will travel within 30 miles of Nashville, TN 37211.