Expert tutoring, coaching, and classes

with an emphasis on stress reduction and confidence building.​

Help your child move from struggling to successful.

 

With 18 years of experience working with students in all grades, Katrina is an expert tutor who can help your child succeed. Her tutoring enables children to move through fear and resistance to feel more confident and comfortable with school.

 

Confidence Building

Stress Reduction

Study Skills

Reading Intervention

Meet Katrina Martin, MA

 

Katrina has 18 years of experience as a tutor.

 

Her passion is to help students feel more confident and calm about school. She does this through academic coaching and tutoring, both of which include a combination of mindfulness techniques as well as practical tools that students can incorporate into their lives.​

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your rate? 

Generally, services cost $90 per hour. See the tutoring page for more information.

 

 

Where does tutoring and coaching take place? 

For those in the Burlington area, sessions take place at your child’s school or in a library or coffee shop. Sometimes sessions take place in your home as well, depending on location. Online sessions are also available via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts for those who have complicated schedules or live outside the Burlington metro area. Contact me to find out which option would be a good fit for your student.

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A Writing Adventure​

Did you ever read Choose Your Own Adventure stories when you were a kid? They were small paperbacks with titles like You Are a Shark, Ghost Hunter, and Underground Kingdom. The reader reads the first chapter, and at the end of the chapter, they get to make a choice. The choice affects the outcome of the story. As readers move through the book, they keep making choices and eventually reach an ending. Then, if the reader starts over and makes difference choices, the story has different twists and endings. I loved reading these stories when I was young, and I have created a writing exercise for my students inspired by these books. I ask them to come up with a character and a setting, and I set them loose to create a story for this character. Once they come to a part where they could write an obvious choice for the character, they write two scenarios, and tell the reader which page to turn to (eg. "You decide to drink the water and eat the fish. Turn to page 3.). Then they write two choices at the end of those two scenarios. And so on, until several endings are written. My students always write a rough draft. Then we edit and revise the story together. Next I type up the story and print it, formatted with page numbers so the student can cut the pages into smaller ones that can be stapled together into a book. The photo above shows the cover for a Choose Your Own Adventure story one of my fourth-grade students finished recently. I loved his title! This would be a fun summer project, or a good activity for students to do during school breaks when they claim they are bored and have nothing to do. Or, if you have a writer in the house, you can suggest this style of writing to them and let them run with it.​

How to Talk to Teens​

If you have a teenager in the house, you know that sometimes it is challenging to talk with them. One moment they are people of few words, while other times they display lots of emotion that can erupt in outbursts. They enjoy testing boundaries and often trust what their friends say more than what the adults in their life tell them. When a teen has ADHD, these patterns can be heightened. So, what is a parent, or someone who works with teens, to do? I found this article from ADDitude magazine helpful. I'll share a few of the tips here; for the rest, click through to the full article. One tip I really appreciated was to share specific praise rather than global praise. For example, rather than saying, "You're a great writer," it is much more meaningful to tell the teen something explicit, like, "I appreciate that you took the time to research your topic well and find compelling evidence for your thesis." I think any of us appreciate thoughtful compliments that show we are really paying attention to others. Along these same lines, I also liked the advice to ask instead of ordering. It looks like this: rather than ordering a student to get their biology project finished by Sunday night, ask them what their plan is for getting it done. If they respond with something like, "I have it under control," ask what specific steps they will be doing. If it seems like they are stalling or hedging, offer to help them write down a plan they can follow. For more along these lines, I highly recommend Dr. Dan Siegel's book Brainstorm. ​

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