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After pursuing my BS in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech and MS in Biology at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), I realized I am passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge about biological sciences with students. During my time as a graduate student at James Madison University, I instructed an introductory biology laboratory course each semester and mentored five undergraduate students on their research projects in a microbiology research lab. I enjoyed working with my students in a structured classroom setting; individually during office hours; and one-on-one in a microbiology research lab. In addition to teaching college students, I also was a classroom aide for kindergarten students at Margaret Beek Elementary School in Blacksburg, VA while I was an undergraduate student. My experiences as a student and teacher have been so positive, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biosciences at University of California, Irvine in September 2015. While waiting to begin my Ph.D., I want to apply my skills as a teacher, student, and tutor by tutoring students from June-September 2015.

My teaching style is influenced by my experiences as a student and biology laboratory instructor. While teaching at James Madison University, it became evident that no single student learns using the same methods. I believe tutoring should be catered to the individual, which is one of the reasons I wanted to work with Varsity Tutors. I also recognize that as an authoritative figure, it is the teacher and tutor’s responsibility to create a comfortable environment for the student and instill confidence in their skills.

Tara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences

Graduate Degree: James Madison University - Master of Science, Biology, General


I just started playing the guitar a couple months ago. I also enjoy sailing and reading.

Tutoring Subjects


College Biology

General Biology

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Life Sciences


Middle School Science

Physical Science