Colleen

Bio

Colleen is a historian by training and a passionate tutor of exam prep. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, Master's degrees from the University of St Andrews (UK) and Harvard University, and a PhD from Harvard University. She currently is a researcher at Johns Hopkins, having previously taught at Stanford.

Colleen’s teaching background has focused on both classroom and individual instruction. She has designed and taught six new courses for Stanford's General Education program. At Harvard, she was a teaching fellow, where she won the Bok Teaching Award for teaching excellence every semester that she taught. A tutor since 2011, she has taught lessons on subjects ranging from elementary-school reading through postgraduate entrance exams. She especially loves working with students on test preparation, both on content and test-taking strategies.

In her free time, Colleen enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD in History
  • Harvard University, MA in History
  • University of St Andrews, MA in Modern European History
  • University of Notre Dame, BA in History and Art History
Specialties
  • Art History
  • History
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • SSAT & ISEE
  • SAT
  • ACT 
  • GRE
Testimonials
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Colleen was an excellent tutor and helped me score considerably higher on the GRE in a very short amount of time (less than 2 months). I am so appreciative and enjoyed working with her for her expertise both on the GRE and general graduate school knowledge. I also appreciated her quick responses to emails. There were several times that my internet didn't work and we had to find workarounds and Colleen was incredibly helpful and patient during those periods. While we stuck to the time frame, Colleen was generous with her time and resources for practice problems. Colleen really helped me understand how to tackle the verbal section. It felt like she was able to help me unpack what was important and what needed to be paid attention to in each question. Score went from Verbal- 153, Quant- 152 to Verbal- 159, Quant-153."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Maritess, GRE)