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Colleen L.

Professor for Writing including Theses and Dissertations

Professor for Writing including Theses and Dissertations

$50/hour

  • 371 hours tutoring

  • Nashville, TN 37211

About Colleen


Bio

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...

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.


Education

Mount Holyoke College
Biological Sciences
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Masters
Brandeis University
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Nashville, TN 37211
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/23/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

English

English,

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.
Writing

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.

Homeschool

English,

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.
Writing

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.

Most Popular

English,

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.
Writing

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.

Sports/Recreation

Soccer,

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,

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

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

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

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.

Summer

Swimming,

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

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.
Writing

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.

Resources

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Very knowledgeable, patient, thoughtful, and helpful tutor. She is thorough and efficient!

Dr. L. was very helpful by showing me my errors and helping me to correct them to improve my paper. Her knowledge helped me to understand what was missing and how to improve on the content of my paper that my Chair may approve. She also assisted me with understanding formulas and tables that would be helpful. Great experience and she has helped me to lift the stress off of my chest. Thank you so very much, Dr. L.

Monique, 2 lessons with Colleen

Very resourceful and knowledgeable

Colleen helped me in a number of ways including narrowing down my target population for my public health marketing campaign, and providing some useful resources published by other institutions and health organizations that will help guide and structure my research and writing process. I look forward to future sessions with her.

Justin, 16 lessons with Colleen

The reviews are true

I must say that the reviews of those before me are on point. Colleen is very thorough and well informed coach. She has the ability to simply seemingly overwhelming task. For the first time in a long time I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am looking forward to continuing my academic journey with Colleen as my "guide on the side".

Lakisha, 15 lessons with Colleen

Fantastic!!!

Colleen is a very patient, knowledgeable, sincere, and motivating tutor. I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone in need of her services. She definitely gets an A++++ in my book!

Kirk, 6 lessons with Colleen
Tutor responded:

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

Colleen was everything that I could have asked for in a tutor. She was always punctual and prepared and gave her full attention every time we met. If I had to choose her greatest attribute it would have to be her time and commitment to her students. She was always there with extra materials and instruction for my meandering reasoning through the mathematical portion of my studies. With Colleen's help I was able to achieve the scores I wanted and submit a strong application for graduate school. Thank you so much Colleen for all of your help!

Sean, 6 lessons with Colleen

Just what I needed!!!

I am so glad that I met Colleen!! I am a PhD student working on my dissertation and was looking for a writing tutor. Colleen responded quickly after my initial inquiry and we were able to set up a time to meet. Just sitting down with Colleen and discussing what I needed assistance with, my mind was immediately put at ease after listening to her break the process down. I feel so much better knowing that I have Colleen to assist me in completing my dissertation.

Latoya, 1 lesson with Colleen

Alway prepared

Colleen always comes prepared for our sessions. If she does not know something completely she get the answer and email me back.

Don, 3 lessons with Colleen
Tutor responded:

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

We worked with Colleen for a few weeks in preparation for the ACT. Colleen was responsive, accommodating, and very knowledgeable. She was able to help my son with all subjects covered on the test, as well as with the test format, test taking strategies, and time management. Highly recommend her!

Frank, 3 lessons with Colleen
Tutor responded:

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!

Colleen is patient, explains things in a way that is easily understood and always comes prepared for our sessions. She has been extremely flexible w/scheduling.

Terri, 11 lessons with Colleen
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