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 Post subject: How much time to Allow for GIA Gem ID distance class
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:15 pm 
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Hi there,

I am a newbie, but very happy to find this forum. I am enrolled in the GG program.I chose to take colored stones section first. I am finishing Colored Stones & wondered what was a realistic time line for taking Gem ID as a distance class. I am not working and have a geology degree. Happy to hear everyone's experiences with this class.I know it is intense.

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Hi Madeline and welcome to the forum.
I think you'll be able to breeze through the GemID portion of the course as you are used to working with instruments involving deductive reasoning with your Geology background.
It has been my experience that what takes the greatest amount of time with the distance education, is the sending back and forth of specimens for testing. If you're not working, you can usually do a couple lessons a day, sometimes more if you have the proper mindset.


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Thank you for the prompt response. Is it true the number of gemstones for the ID class is now over 250? I am on the east coast & I envision a lot of time sending back and forth to California. Is there anyway to have the stones sent from the NYC campus, it is about 3 hours from me.

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Call them and ask!
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The staff at GIA couldn't be more accommodating. If there is anything they can do to help you (within the rules of the program) they'll do it.


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 Post subject: GIA Distance Learning
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the GIA even shows scheduled lab times/locations for the distance learners in many different geographic regions. as Barbra said, they are very accommodating to the student.

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