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I am a biomedical engineer working in orthopedic research. My degree is from Arizona State University in Biomedical Engineering. I have experience helping people learn in many different stages of life, from age 3 to adults, including preschool, elementary, middle school, as well as high school students. I love math and science and I love sharing that love with other people. Technology is also a passion of mine and I have experience helping people get up to speed with helpful skills for the professional environment.

As a tutor, I believe that everyone benefits from encouragement - so many times the barrier to learning is confidence! Students often know more than they realize, and I like to guide the student in the process of discovering their own natural talents. I like to teach using questions and supporting students through active problem solving from the beginning.

I recently moved to the Twin Cities from Arizona and I love exploring the outdoors while hiking and running around the lakes, enjoying the new climate and the new plants and animals. I also enjoy meditation and yoga. I'm a life long learner, always pursing interesting new ideas in science and medicine. I'm especially an anatomy nerd.

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Colleen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 32

ACT Reading: 34


Gardening, yoga, playing guitar, hiking, meditation

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy



Anatomy & Physiology


Biomedical Engineering


College Algebra

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


General Chemistry


High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Intermediate Algebra

Life Sciences

Mandarin Chinese 1

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Physical Science





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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a firm believer in the Socratic method, using guided questions to help students along the path to understanding problems using their own problem solving skills. I think this helps build confidence and gives students a sense of satisfaction in their learning.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session with a student, I like to get a feeling for where a student is at with the subject and materials that they are studying. I also like to find out what they find easy and what concepts they are struggling with to make it easier to target where we need to focus, and to determine how to make connections between what the student already understands and what they are struggling with.

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