What is needed for there to be an enormous volcano?
What is needed for there to be an enormous volcano?
why is seaweed better adapted to conditions in the intertidal zone on a rocky shore than to the supratidal zone on a sandy beach?
College level geology question!
Will a mountain of a valley have more fertile soil?
Quickly, think about your first answer to this question. What's the magnetism of earth's magnetic field at our geographic North Pole? I recently watched a video of Minute Earth on YouTube saying how earth's atmosphere is escaping. In it, the artist/scientist drew the earth with its normal magnetic field. And that got me thinking about an age-old problem that I've seen online. So horrible... read more
What a way to start off the New Year! First I met with a student for US History and Living Environment. She is taking the Regents exams in three weeks. When I first met with her, Cee had a fear of taking exams, and was very nervous. She struggled with understanding both subjects; the Historical Events and dates, as well as the vocabulary words for Biology. Her next struggles were understanding... read more
Alex made my day today. He passed the Global History and Geography Regents Exam!! Let me tell you a little bit about Alex. When I first met him, he came to tutoring two hours late. The next day an 11/2 late. He was on time on the third day, but by the next week it was back to being Alex. He did not show up for tutoring nor did he call. He would do assignments if he felt like it. There was always... read more
This blog is specific to the AP (Advanced Placement Exams). Not to date myself any further but how things have changed. When I was in High School, there were only a handful of exams that a student could sit for in terms of Advanced placement exams. There were your basic sciences, such as Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, and of course English Literature and US Government. However, nowadays,... read more
Did you know... 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment!
Today it was great to see today's Google logo (viewable at http://www.google.com/doodles/nicolas-stenos-374th-birthday) transformed into fossil-bearing rock strata, in honor of the 374th birthday of Nicolas Steno, the 17th Century scientist who pioneered the concept of stratigraphy- that lower rock layers are older than the layers above them- and that fossils are the result of once-living organisms,... read more
Most of us tend to think that science is all about equations. But language is just as important as numbers are to the scientific endeavor. E.O. Wilson, the famous biologist, once stated that he doesn't even consider himself as acting like a scientist until he sits down and starts writing. Words are central to science, and so when you're teaching or studying the sciences, it's a good idea to... read more
Hi, I spent some time studying NC Geology, and have come up with a unique Earthcache for a spot in my town of Kernersville. It's a bit information dense and probably should be whittled down, but it was fun to do. Most importantly it has connected people to the Earth below and around them. Check it out: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=b008cbeb-1636-4488-85b7-1718f577c54e I... read more
I'm a former geologist and I think it is one of the most interesting subjects to study. Why? Because you have to know a lot of other kinds of sciences (chemistry, physics, and even biology!), math, computers and have the ability to see things spatially (think geometry and trigonometry!). You really have to wear a lot of hats to study geology, and that's the bare minimum that you need to work... read more
Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Students Here are the top ten tips to success! 1. Have a Positive Attitude Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success. 2. Make a Plan The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook... read more
I believe in finding a person's learning style and employing that to assist an individual with their school subjects. No one person shares the same way of learning, so what works for one person may not work for another. I've used this philosophy in all paths of life; like when training employees on the job, tutoring students one on one or heading up study groups. Let me help you succeed.... read more
I recently presented an after school lesson to a group of 6th grade science students on the rock cycle entitled "You've heard of rock musicians but have you heard of rock magicians?". During this study we discovered the three stages of the rock cycle and what happens to minerals during each stage to form igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. After mastery of the rock... read more
I'm glad that my first post here is a success story. After many, many, many hours of tutoring sessions, Utpal has finally achieved his goal. As a hopeful Marine Officer candidate, this success story really hits home for me. Actually, he finished the tutoring a long time ago, before the New Year. I was so happy when he texted me to tell me that he got above the necessary AFQT score for the ASVAB... read more
According to the United States Geological Survey (the USGS), the Lithosphere is, "The solid outer zone of the Earth comprising the Crust and the upper layer of the Mantle." Also, according to the USGS, the term comes from the Greek word, lithos, meaning, rock, and the word, sphere, which can be any round object, such as a ball, an orange, or, even, you guessed it, a planet. Wasn't... read more
The Crust is the top layer of the Earth's surface. But, did you know that there are 2 types? One is called the Oceanic Crust, and he other is called the Continental Crust. As its name suggests, the Oceanic Crust is the top layer of Earth that makes up the ocean floor. The Continental Crust, however, will be our focus. We walk on top of and dig down through the Continental Crust when we... read more
According to the Public Broadcasting System educational television program, NOVA, “A parsec is equivalent to 3.26 light years.” According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website, Ask an Astronaut, a light year is, “The distance light travels in 1 year,” which is 5,878,786,410,000 miles per year. With that information, we can find out just how far away a parsec is... read more