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Hello to the parents and students,
I am a 2008 graduate of San Diego State University holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences, and I am currently a geologist at a private consulting company. I have had a wide scope of scientific training as a result of my academic experience, work related projects, and personal interest since childhood. In regards to a writing background, my skills stem from honors English courses in high school and college, as well as technical writing as a part of working as a geologist.
My task as a tutor is to solve the following problem: Help your student to develop a better understanding of earth sciences, space sciences, or writing, in a way that differs from your student's current learning environment.
Though the solution to that problem will differ slightly from student to student, what I have found is that better understanding generally comes from a few things:
- The student understands that he or she will not be judged for their level of knowledge on the subject, allowing the student to begin to ask questions they would normally be afraid to ask out of fear of judgement. After this is established and questions are asked and answered, confidence in their knowledge builds, and improvement follows.
- Approaching the subject in a way that is different from the way they've most likely been taught. An example is trying to teach students the workings of the lunar cycle from a textbook; it works well for only a few people, but if the cycle is related to their textbook with visual demonstrations using everyday objects or, simply by looking at the sky, that same cycle can be made far easier to understand.
Given my academic and work related experience, and my passion for sharing with people the inner workings of the earth and the Universe, I believe I can have a positive impact on your student's ability to grasp the concepts of the subject he or she needs help with. Most people have an interest in learning about these these subjects, and I can help make them interesting and more easily understood.
I have had a childhood passion for Astronomy and majored in the subject in college prior to geology, with an emphasis on planetary science (Mars and Jupiter are my two favorites), the formation of the solar system, and space exploration.
English has always been a strong subject for me, having completed honors English courses in my Sophomore through Senior years in high school as well as Freshman and Sophomore-level Honors English courses in college. Currently, my training in writing and English is incorporated into my career, which often involves the writing, revising, reviewing, and proof-reading of reports for submission to private and public clients and agencies.
I graduated with a degree in Geological Sciences, and I am a geologist for a private consulting firm. My specialties are in historical geology and sedimentology-stratigraphy. I completed my senior thesis project on the feasibility of antipodal volcanism as a result of the K/T impact.
Soccer has been a love of mine since age 8. I played in AYSO in Palmdale from 4th grade until my sophomore year in high school, making the All-Star Team twice and the Tournament team in the last year. I played both JV and Varsity soccer in high school during my junior and senior years, and I played intramural soccer at SDSU while pursuing my Geology degree. While in school I also played in various other leagues, and represented the IKEA San Diego store on the IKEA San Diego soccer team. Currently, I am on three indoor soccer teams, including the men's premier league and two co-ed leagues.
English has always been a strong subject for me, having completed honors English courses in my sophomore through senior years in high school as well as freshman and sophomore-level honors English courses in college. Currently, my training in writing and English is incorporated into my career, which often involves the writing, revising, reviewing, and proof-reading of reports for submission to private and public clients and agencies.
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