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I'm currently working on my Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in English literature with a minor in French. Although I can find enjoyment in nearly any division of literature, my favorite area is 19th and 20th century American fiction. Over time, my preferred authors have changed, but I have a few constants: Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, and William Faulkner, among others. I also love studying grammar and mechanics: the subtle changes that can result from simple maneuvers like shifting commas has always been something of a fascination for me. After I complete my degree at Cal, I hope to attend law school and eventually work on judicial and penal system reform and legislation. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching sports; I'm a die-hard football and baseball fan! I'm also a bit of a movie buff.

Prior to coming to Berkeley, I worked as a tutor in the Los Angeles area for two and a half years. During that time, I worked with students one-on-one as well as in a classroom setting, teaching an SAT prep class and tutoring in the AVID program at a local high school. I can't say that I have a single favorite subject to tutor. I love to tutor English, helping students unpack literature and understand devices, but I also love helping students with college applications! I've found that writing college admissions essays is a daunting task for most high school kids, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of helping students tackle them! I also love to tutor French, as I think it a beautiful and artful language. In general, with any subject I tutor, my goal is always to help my students see how easily they can conquer the material given the right strategy. My job as a tutor is that of a trail guide: I want to set my students on the right path, but ultimately the hard work and the payoff is theirs.

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Tara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelor in Arts, English Literature


Watching sports, hiking, traveling, and reading

Tutoring Subjects

Advanced Placement Prep


Algebra 2


AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP European History

CAHSEE Mathematics

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History


French 2

French 3


High School English

High School World History





Public Speaking


SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social Sciences

Social studies


Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

World History


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