Gina I.

Reno, NV


Well Rounded Tutor Specializing in the Earth Sciences and Writing

900+ Hours
5.0 average from 460 ratings
Found my child's weak link!
— Gretchen, Reno, NV on 2/10/15


Send a message explaining your needs and Gina will reply soon.

Response time: 4 hours

Contact Gina

BA at California state university Sacramento
Idaho State University


BA at California state university Sacramento

Idaho State University (Master's)

About Gina

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!
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
Read more

2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Reno, NV 89506
Background Check: Passed

"Found my child's weak link!"

- Gretchen, Reno, NV on 2/10/15

"Great tutor!"

- Naomi, Reno, NV on 5/8/17


- Melissa, Sparks, NV on 9/21/16

"Fun tutor"

- George, Reno, NV on 7/1/15

"Knows how to tailor lessons to meet student's expectations"

- Maureen, Reno, NV on 10/9/14

"Great tutor. I highly recommend her."

- Jennifer, Reno, NV on 8/4/14
Elementary (K-6th), Microsoft Excel
Chemistry, Ecology, Elementary Science,
Physical Science
English, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Reading, Writing
Geography, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science,
Phonics, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science,
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing
Needlework, Sewing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe Illustrator

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.

Elementary Science

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.

General Computer

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 specialties 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.

Microsoft Access

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.

Microsoft Excel

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

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.

Microsoft PowerPoint

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.

Microsoft Publisher

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.

Microsoft Windows

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.

Microsoft Word

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.

Physical Science

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.

Public Speaking

My first public speaking class was Principles of Public Speaking, a requirement for science majors in order to earn a Bachelors of Science. As part of a graduate degree, all Masters of Geology students must also take a class on preparing presentations, giving a presentation effectively and answering questions on our subject work. (Most geology students give 4-5 presentations a semester.) I have also taken a class on preparing and defending theses (essentially very large public presentations). In addition, I have given a presentation at an international level geology conference and can explain the rules of order, professional appearance at conferences and speech timing. Finally, I was a teacher's assistant who assigned and graded presentations as part of my class assignments and can explain the rubrics teachers use for grading.

BA at California state university Sacramento
Idaho State University


BA at California state university Sacramento

Idaho State University (Master's)

Found my child's weak link!

My child is a high achieving senior in high school. Even though he does well in school, I did not feel he was able to interpret literature at a college level. Gina was able to quickly identify the problem and taught him how to heighten his understanding with some pretty simple reading techniques. After 3 sessions he is actively practicing these techniques on his own and is even showing my younger

— Gretchen, Reno, NV on 2/10/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Gina will travel within 20 miles of Reno, NV 89506.