Expert tutoring, coaching, and classes

with an emphasis on stress reduction and confidence building.​

Help your child move from struggling to successful.

 

With 20 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; Associate/AOGPE

 

Katrina has 20 years of experience as a tutor.

 

Her passion is to help students feel more confident and calm about school. She does this by combining mindfulness techniques and practical tools that students can incorporate into their lives.​ She is Orton-Gillingham trained at the Academy Associate Level and provides expert reading intervention for students with dyslexia and other reading differences.

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 might 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, Zoom, or Google Hangouts for those who have complicated schedules or live outside the Burlington metro area. Contact Katrina to find out which option would be a good fit for your student.

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How ADHD Affects Motivation

In my recent readings, I came across this article at ADDitude. It paints an accurate picture of how ADHD affects more than just focus. If your child has ADHD, I highly recommend you read the article. Here are some highlights: Two things that can get in the way of motivation are the pressure to succeed and the natural separation from parents that occurs as teens. Part of helping a child with ADHD is teaching them to navigate the pressures they face as well as the emotional upheaval that happens as they learn to separate from their parents. This makes me think about the importance of scaffolding and allowing students to spiral back again and again to lessons and strategies they are learning. Give your student many chances to learn a new skill, whether it is using a planner or taking notes. Don't expect them to know how to do it after practicing a couple of times. They will need multiple opportunities to practice. In terms of the students feeling pressure…it is a fine line to walk for parents and teachers to push students toward their full potential without increasing their stress. One thing to know is that students with ADHD are often more emotionally sensitive and can exhibit oppositional behavior, meaning that they may react negatively to too much pressure. I encourage parents to balance their expectations for their child (going to a particular college, getting particular grades) with the child's expectations for themselves and their goals. It can actually be better for the student if the expectations are lowered while they are learning skills and then slowly increased as they grow and improve. Giving them agency can go a long way toward their motivation to change and succeed. ​

What’s Next After High School?​

Fall of junior year is a critical time for students to begin thinking about what they want to do after graduating high school. This week, I spoke with my colleague Alice Lissarrague of Lissarrague College Guidance about what juniors should be doing right now to prepare for life after high school. Alice is a Certified Educational Planner who helps students and parents navigate college visits, college essays, the Common App, gap years, and alternatives to college.  Here is my interview with her. Katrina: What are four things juniors should be doing in the fall to prepare for life after high school? Alice: Work hard at school. A student's GPA is the most important element of the college application.Devote real time to a few enjoyable extra-curricular activities. Colleges are not impressed by the student who is a member of 30 school clubs.Take the PSAT in October.Visit three to four local colleges and universities that vary in size and geographic location: from 2,000 to 20,000 students in rural, suburban, and urban settings. It's important to get a sense of what attending a small rural college might mean versus a large urban university. Try to visit when classes are in session. Katrina: What advice do you give students about writing an excellent college essay? Alice:  Keep the essay prompt at the top of the page to remind you of the prompt you are responding to.Keep the essay tight by sticking to your own story, not your grandmother's.Always show rather than tell the reader how you feel or think.Remember your essay might be read late at night, when the admissions counselor is tired. Write to keep your reader interested.Have someone review your essay for content,  grammar, and spelling. Katrina: What if a student isn't interested in college. What options do they have? Alice: If a student is not at all interested in college, I would advise checking out vocational training, which might include learning to become an electrician, dental hygienist, or even a doula. Another option would be to become an apprentice to a tradesperson, such as a carpenter. Some students take an entry-level job and then pursue part-time studies at a community college or save money to travel and explore the world before making further career decisions. Katrina: How can students take the stress out of applying for college? Alice: Start the fall of junior year by visiting a few schools in order to better articulate what kind of school might be the right fit.Visit another 6–8 schools during the second semester, preferably when school is in session.Create a list of schools that would not only be a good fit in terms of academic rigor, location, size, extra-curricular activities, and general vibe, but also affordability. It's really unfortunate when students are accepted to their dream school, but then cannot afford the high cost of tuition and room and board.Take some time to prepare for any standardized tests and plan on taking the ACT or SAT twice during the second semester of junior year, with the hope of not taking any further tests during senior year.Spend time engaged in extra-curricular activities that are enjoyable.Get enough sleep, exercise, and eat properly.If you feel you'd like additional support around college prep, I highly recommend Alice. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and cares a lot about the students she works with. I can help students study for the reading and writing sections of the SAT and hone their college essays. If that interests you, please let me know.​

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