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
. 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
I am an avid reader and can assist students with literature
, grammar and reading
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!