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Kirstie S.

Access the Power of Math and Science, Program MATLAB, Do Yoga

Penngrove, CA (94951)

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Access the Power of Math and Science:
Math and Science are most often taught in a manner that makes each difficult to understand, much less remember. This need not be so! Equations do not merely drop out of the sky. Nor will a detailed and dry derivation necessarily deepen comprehension. Equations do, however, correspond to literal processes in the real world.

I find it much more pragmatic to emphasize the beauty and utility of mathematical concepts and functions, and the power of as it gives students a context and appreciation that makes recall a cinch. Memorization also works, but is fraught with error under the stress of testing.

The power of chemistry is even more accessible than math by this means of comprehension, and furthermore, comprehension is arguably necessary for physics, where one simply cannot get by via rote memorization. Access the power of math and science by simple comprehension -- it's fun and it works!

Program MATLAB:
As an atmospheric scientist, I work with MATLAB every day. I use MATLAB to navigate data directories, import data, perform data analyses on data having multiple dimensions, and generate various forms of output.

MATLAB has a truly accessible interface which can be learned in just a few short sessions, a phenomenal online help forum, and it does most of the math for you. Of course, it is important that you are able to evaluate what MATLAB is doing; therefore a fundamental understanding of matrix algebra, of statistics, and of calculus, is helpful.

Do Yoga:
A yoga practitioner in numerous schools of yoga for nearly 20 years, I embarked on yoga certification merely to deepen my knowledge of the practice, but it turns out that I adore teaching yoga.

The yoga courses I teach -- Science of Self -- are an exploration of the myriad, interacting feedback loops between body and mind that result in the expression of self. I include complete sets of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for Science of Self classes and workshops. I'm certified as a Level I Kundalini Yoga teacher, and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher's Alliance.

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Kirstie’s subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer, Public Speaking, Statistics
Test Preparation:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Autism
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Reading
Chemistry, Geology, Physical Science, Physics
General Computer, Macintosh, MATLAB
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics
Public Speaking, Reading, Writing


Chemistry is a joy, and also a necessity for those of us in the physical sciences. In my field, atmospheric science, one of the biggest success stories is founded in chemistry -- the discovery and continuing recovery of the stratospheric ozone hole.

Every atmospheric scientist has to be conversant in chemistry, in order to understand the primary and trace constituents of the atmosphere itself - N2, O2, CO2, CH4, etc - as well as their interaction with clouds and with radiation.

Chemistry was the first real science course I took in college, and it made me decide to continue further in science. I aced the lecture and lab components of chemistry in college, and it is a pleasure to help others do the same.


As a 15-year Mac user, I have experience with numerous Macintosh capabilities. My expertise is in Mac OS X and associated software, both proprietary and open-source applications. I can teach a wide range of tasks, including computer setup, the Microsoft Office Suite, how to use and/or sync an iPod and iPhone, how to link with a projector to give presentations, and many others. I originally came to the Mac from a programming background because it was the first Operating System that allowed me to use standard office software while running my programs, but over the years I have become familiar with many different types of software, including numerous highly specialized scientific applications.


As a tutor, Matlab is one of my favorite subjects. It's such a powerful tool and yet is relatively easy to learn. Mathworks also provides extensive online help. I've worked with Engineering 7 students at UC Berkeley and with the scientific/engineering professional sector, as well.

As an atmospheric scientist, I have been using Matlab on a daily basis since 1995. I use Matlab to navigate data directories, import data, perform data analyses on data having multiple dimensions, and generate various forms of output.

The data analyses I conduct rely heavily on the use of Matlab data structures and arrays for data storage, the matrix algebra and statistics capacities for data processing, and on the plotting and file generation capacities for output.

I have generated all of the figures for my scientific publications using Matlab, so can troubleshoot thorny details such as how to change the font size and weight within a plot legend, et cetera.

Public Speaking

I've given numerous scientific talks -- to audiences ranging from elementary school children to world class scientists -- and I've seen literally thousands of presentations, as well.

Over the years I have polished my skills at delivering and especially at critiquing presentations, using the following techniques: (1) observing what differentiates good talks from the rest, (2) practicing and asking for feedback, (3) being a member of Toastmaster's (TM) and learning their strategies, (4) reading books and scouring online resources for examples of stellar talks and pitfalls to avoid, and (5) setting up practice talks for colleagues so I may troubleshoot for them.

As a result, I can quickly assess a talk or poster presentation and give helpful feedback about whether the presenter is meeting her/his stated goals for the presentation. I particularly excel at troubleshooting a talk in a field that is new to me, and where advanced topics are covered for an audience of diverse backgrounds. My specialty is science, but I may troubleshoot presentations on other topics on a case-by-case basis.

I use the following general criteria if none are specified: overall impression, accessibility, readability, delivery, use of figures, use of aids (videos, objects, etc.), content, and flow. Each general criteria has sub-points, i.e. I score readability based on 5-7 specific measures for a PowerPoint or OpenOffice slide presentation.


A yoga practitioner in numerous schools of yoga for nearly 20 years, and a Kundalini Yoga practitioner for 15 years, I was certified in early 2010 by the Kundalini Research Institute as a Level I Kundalini Yoga teacher, and am a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher's Alliance in good standing.

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Would have failed if not for this wonderful woman! Without Kirstie's help, I would have never passed my very difficult climate dynamics class at Berkeley. I decided to take this course without having completed any of the "recommended" prerequisites, thinking that I would be okay, but after receiving an 'F' on the first assignment, I began to panic, which led me to finding Kirstie here on WyzAnt. After the first time working with Kirstie, I alrea ...

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Kirstie will travel within 20 miles of Penngrove, CA 94951.

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