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I am a Master's level graduate in the biological sciences with an infectious enthusiasm for math, physics, biology, and chemistry. While I was in graduate school, I taught laboratory courses and tutored students outside of class. I've kept numerous emails from students who thanked me for giving them novel ways to study, one even raising her grade from a D to an A- over the course of the semester!

I love to brainstorm ways to make information accessible to every uniquely wired mind and learning style. I focus heavily on checking students' understanding of basic concepts before trying to explore the more technical details. Often it is a misunderstanding of an "old" concept from many years back that is preventing full understanding of the current topic. As a scientist with keen observation and troubleshooting skills, I will look for specific roadblocks that are preventing your child from achieving excellence in the problem subject.

My undergraduate degree was in philosophy, which was writing-intensive and highly analytical. I can help your child write persuasive, coherent, and stylish essays, as well as teach your child the skills to navigate the tricky questions found on standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT. I will help your child to be a become a better test taker with the power of a critical eye.

In my free time, you can find me in the ocean snorkeling, SCUBA diving, or just floating on the sea and basking in the sun.

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Tara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Hawaii - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy

Graduate Degree: University of Hawaii - Master of Science, Botany, Marine Biology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31


SCUBA, snorkeling, hiking, sailing, cleaning (yes, really!)

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep


Algebra 2



College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

College Essays

College Physics

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing


Middle School Writing



Test Prep

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