Greetings earthlings! Welcome to my profile. My name is Nadia, and I specialize in tutoring K-8 in Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics, as well as writing and editing for all ages. Following a near lifelong obsession with Diane Fossey, I graduated from UCLA in 2013 with departmental honors and a degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis on sociolinguistics. I graduated cum laude, maintaining full course loads and a 4.0 most quarters. I have trained extensively in the cognitive sciences, ... [more]
I am a reading enthusiast and Lindamood-Bell trained clinician.
I've tutored K-8th grade for 10+ years ranging from Special Ed to Gifted students. As a former honors student and UCLA alum, I emphasize forming excellent study habits and strengthening overall reading comprehension. strive to make real-world connections in ways that are personally meaningful to students, with hands-on experiments that are game and conversation-based. My specialties include English, Literature, Science, Social Science/History, and Mathematics.
I graduated from UCLA with honors in Anthropology. During that time I completed a graduate-level honors thesis based on original fieldwork, which went through the IRB process successfully and was funded on merit by the Stone Foundation. While I ultimately focused on Linguistic Anthropology, my basis in all four fields is strong, most notably in genetics, primatology, religion, medical anthropology, and archaeology.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I am a Verbalizing and Visualizing LMB trained tutor with 5+ years experience working with ASD students, in addition to having a sibling with ASD. My specialty is primarily reading comprehension and visualization with application to weak subjects. I work closely with teachers and parents to build healthy study habits in students that struggle with focusing and higher order thinking and/or executive functioning.
I am a trained clinician with extensive experience working with children exhibiting symptoms of dyslexia. I work closely with students on developing stronger reading comprehension skills using science-backed techniques designed to deal specifically with the cognitive processing issues faced.
As an anthropology student at UCLA, I focused on the subfield of sociolinguistics under the direction of Dr. Elinor Ochs, who was my primary thesis advisor. I took a wide range of topics-specific courses on the role language and speech affectation has in cultural reproduction and narrative analysis, maintaining a high GPA and graduating with departmental honors. In addition to my focus on language, I took a variety of general topic sociology classes, including but not limited to socioeconomic inequality, race, gender, theory, and stigma.
In addition to being "unschooled" (or self-paced from home) from 6th through 12th grade and graduating with Honors from UCLA, I have worked with a variety of homeschooling families over the years. I specialize in self-motivated, play-based learning and curriculum stratagems. I focus heavily on creative and analytical writing and using source material rather than limiting instruction to textbooks, as well as hands-on experimental and conversational projects, drawing extensively from Waldorf and Montessori methodology with science-backed study tactics to ensure smooth transitions between home and a standard school environment.