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 $85 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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The Great American Read​

The new PBS show The Great American Read premieres on Tuesday and I can't wait to watch! The goal of the show is to spark renewed interest in reading and talking about books, and as part of the preparation for the show's launch, the show's producers polled Americans about their favorite novels. The result is a fascinating list of 100 titles including everything from Moby Dick to the Twilight series. There's even an interactive tool to find out how many of the books you've read. The culmination of the eight-part show will be a vote on America's favorite novel. The winner will be announced in October. I could imagine this being an excellent summer and fall activity: watching the show as a family and then choosing a book or two from the list to read and discuss.  To help you choose, check out the list the folks at Brightly pulled together for tweens and teens. It includes many familiar titles. Ones I personally recommend include The Giver, Where the Red Fern Grows, the Hunger Games series, and, of course, the Harry Potter series. Happy reading!  ​

When Stress Becomes Overwhelming​

It's almost the end of school and many of my students are showing signs of increased stress because standardized tests, cumulative exams, or final projects are looming.  I came across this wonderful exercise from Mindful Schools (where I received my training in mindfulness instruction) and wanted to share it with you. It's called 4,3,2,1. It is perfect for those moments when an emotion is overwhelming and it feels like a challenge to slow down, think, and become calm. This exercise helps students come back into their bodies and reorient their attention to the present moment. Here's how it works (I've adapted it slightly): Four: Ask your child to find four blue or green items in their immediate surroundings. When they find each item, they take a couple of deep breaths and then search for the next item. These colors are said to be soothing. Three: Now they will notice three sounds. A clock ticking, birds singing, cars honking. Take a couple more deep breaths. Two: Notice two sensations. Maybe their hands feel cold or the seat under them is soft. They can feel their clothing or the floor or ground beneath them. One: Ask them to put one hand on either their chest or belly to sense their breathing. Do they feel their breath coming out of their nose or mouth? Is their chest or belly moving? Once they have gone through all the steps, ask them to notice what's happening in their body. Is their heart beating slow or fast? Are they sweaty? Is their breath rapid or slow? If they are still dealing with the emotion, they can go through the steps again until they feel calmer.  ​

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