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Hi! My name is Gina. I have a bachelor's degree in Physical Geology and master's degree in Geology. My specialties are volcanology (the study of volcanoes), petrology and geochemistry (the chemistry of rocks). Petrology is the study of the origin and composition of rocks and that's where the geochemistry comes in.
I enjoy teaching and have a lot of experience working with students. As an undergraduate, I worked as a lab and field assistant and tutored students in geology. As a master's student I taught the lab portions of a geology class for non-geology majors for two years. I am a certified camping and backpacking instructor with the Girl Scouts. I believe that a good tutor or teacher will not only teach their students, but will also inspire curiosity and the desire to learn. Memorization and review are important for remembering information but experiments and hands-on work are crucial to developing understanding and enjoyment in all subjects.
During college, I was a proof reader for a computer company; I read their documents and reports and corrected grammar, spelling and diction. I am now using those skills to proof my church's newsletters and publications.
What can I teach?
I can teach students how to take good notes, cultivate good study skills, research and write papers and give PowerPoint, oral or written presentations.
I can tutor for any of the earth science classes, teach the scientific method and help with experiments and projects. I am also very good at mapping and field work and can teach or review different techniques in geologic mapping. I know many fun science projects that teach basic science concepts.
I have a broad range of computer related skills. I know the entire Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Illustrator and can help a student create a document, map or presentation that looks professional and appropriately formatted. I can also help students with basic computer or internet skills.
I am an avid reader and can assist students with literature, grammar and reading and writing skills and comprehension.
I have a range of talents that are not directly related to geology that I am happy to teach. I am skilled in fabric dying (such as t-shirts!); I practice a Japanese style of tie dye called shibori. While in high school, I was a section leader in my school band. I play the flute and can drill students in basic music skills and scales. We can make cookies and learn math at the same time. I speak and write Japanese just in case you would like to know a little before you travel or are just looking for a second language that is unusual and fun!
If you would like to know more about my qualifications or have any other questions, please contact me!
As part of my Master's thesis, I spent extensive time creating images, diagrams and maps in Adobe Illustrator. I can help a student learn to navigate the program and create and modify projects.
Cooking is a useful tool in learning for math and science. Fractions can be practiced while making cookies. There is science in why you should never put mashed potatoes in a blender or understanding why bread rises. Seeing examples of math and science in everyday life helps students better relate to the problems they are seeing in class.
As a graduate student I taught the college's "geology for non-geology majors" lab class. As a result I know a lot of hands-on projects related to science (and most especially geology) as well as teaching methods to help learn and memorize scientific concepts.
I work with computers on a daily basis and have for many years. My first job out of high school was as a technician at a computer company where I learned the basics of Microsoft Office suite, maintaining and installing hardware, and installing and trouble-shooting software. I did both my undergraduate and Master's thesis on a computer on which I installed and maintained all software and hardware.
I have a Masters of Geology in which my specialty are volcanology, petrology and geochemistry. I am very good at making and reading geologic maps. I can teach the fundamentals of geology, lab work and field work (such as mapping and rock identification). I taught the basic geology classes for non-geology students for 2 years as a Master's student, have worked as a teacher's assistant for several geology field trips and worked in a geochemical analysis lab as part of my Master's thesis.
I have taken three years of Japanese language courses at the college level and one Japanese literature class that was conducted in Japanese. I can explain topics such as customs, manners, foods and travel in Japan from personal experience. I am able to teach basic vocabulary, review kanji or practice conversational skills.
I love books and read extensively. A lot of my favorites are the classics but I have also read many popular novels. I can help students understand characters and motivations, discuss symbolism and think about themes within the things they are reading.
I can teach students how to do basic data management within Access. I originally took Access as part of a class on the Microsoft Office Suite. Now, I use Access on a daily basis for inventory control. I can create queries that allow me to clarify information contained within my charts. I have both imported and exported data and rearranged the data within my tables many times.
I originally learned Excel (several versions ago) for work. Since then I have used it for data analysis and storage for both my thesis and various personal projects. I can create equations, graphs, charts and both import and export data. While teaching a basic geology class I taught my students the basic concepts of using Excel effectively.
Microsoft outlook is my major email compiler for my several email accounts as well as my method of keeping track of calendar events, lists and other projects. I can teach someone easy topics such as writing emails with file attachments or updating their calendar. Or, I can teach more advanced topics such as adjusting email settings and adding or subtracting accounts.
I have made many (10 or more) presentations using PowerPoint. One presentation was at an international-level science meeting and another was for my Master's thesis. I can teach all the basics of creating a slide that looks the way you have envisioned it as well as give tips on making slides look more professional and timing how long a presentation will take.
I originally learned Microsoft Publisher as part of a class on the entire Microsoft Office Suite. Since then I have used to it to create photo layouts, flyers, cards and newsletters. I can help a student create a document that is as they envisioned it with a combination of text, photos, charts and clip art.
I use Microsoft Windows on a daily basis and can teach a student many of the common actions performed on the operating system. Examples include moving or renaming files, installing or removing programs, installing hardware, finding "lost" programs or even changing the screensaver. I have taught various family members (like my grandmother) and many of my geology lab students the basics of working with this system.
I have been using Microsoft Word for many years. I have written every paper since high school in the program and my entire Master's thesis. As my thesis was graphic heavy, I have learned how to change almost every setting within the program as needed. I also taught several of my classmates to do the same. I can help a student make their paper look professional and to the specific standards (margins, fonts, footnotes ect.) that they require.
To get a Master's in geology I had to take a lot of physical science classes including chemistry and physics. I have had to teach a lot of these principles as part of geology classes and can help students understand and review for these classes. In addition, I can explain why these concepts are important and how they relate to everyday life.
BA at California state university Sacramento
Idaho State University (Master's)
Great tutor. I highly recommend her. — Finding Gina as a tutor for my son was the best thing we ever did. He had to go to school online due to illness. With Gina's help he was able to finish his classes. She is highly knowledgeable and very patient. ...
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