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Hello! As a professional editor, grant writer, and published author, writing is my life. My career experience includes teaching several years of college writing courses at the University of Pittsburgh, where I received a PhD in English and earned "highest distinction" on my written and oral exams. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Culture from Indiana University, where I graduated with the highest GPA in my major. I've met one-on-one with dozens of college students who needed help improving their writing, and I even served as an evaluator of college application essays. I love how becoming a better and more confident writer is a skill that applies to so many areas in life--in school, on the job market and in the workplace, and even in personal interactions. My favorite teaching moment is when a lesson 'clicks' with a student and they become enthusiastic about how a hard-earned skill can help them achieve their goals or express their thoughts and ideas. I am a great tutor not only because I have the training, experience, and enthusiasm, but also because I am a patient and warm people person who is highly attentive to student's strengths and weaknesses. I know when to slow down and find a new way to help a student work a particular skill or problem, and I also know when to challenge them to push to the next level.

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Colleen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University - Bachelors, Communication and Culture

Graduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh - PHD, English


I enjoy running (especially on the beach), bike riding, traveling, camping and hiking, reading, watching films, coffee, and creating my own recipes to share with friends.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support


Persuasive Writing

Public Speaking


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