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.​

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Generally, services cost $85 per hour. See the tutoring page for more information.

 

 

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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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Four Powerful Books for Black History Month​

Recently, I've read four books that I highly recommend as reading for Black History Month. I finished the first book last night, and I'm still steeping in its emotional and poetic words. Sing, Unburied, Sing won its author, Jesmyn Ward, the National Book Award, and for good reason. It deals with the opioid crisis, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, and does so within a magical realist Mississippi haunted with ghosts. There would be a lot to discuss with your child in terms of family and race relations, the effects of drug use, the continued effects of slavery, and how different people deal with death. Definitely for the more advanced high school reader. It will speak to readers who enjoyed Beloved by Toni Morrison. The second book is Kindred by Octavia Butler, which I'd recommend for high school and some middle school readers. It is science fiction with a historical bent: the main character Dana time travels (without knowing how or why) from her home in California to the antebellum South to save the white son of a plantation owner. It is an astonishing look at the horrors of slavery and the meaning of family. There is also a graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy (I haven't read it, but it looks well-reviewed). Third is The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, which is on the National Book Award Longlist. It is about a 16-year-old girl who lives in a poor neighborhood and attends the local prep school. She witnesses her unarmed friend get shot by a police officer, and her world is upended. I read this together with one of my high school students and found it created highly interesting conversations about racism, police shootings, and what it means to belong. Recommended for high school students. Last is March, the multiple-award-winning graphic novel trilogy written by US Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. It follows the Civil Rights Movement and Lewis's role in it and I found it to be engrossing and informative. Excellent for upper middle and high school students.​

Modeling Vulnerability​

Being vulnerable is one of the most challenging things for humans to do and many of us shy away from it for good reason — it's scary! But it is also a vital part of the human experience and children are faced with opportunities to practice vulnerability all day long at school: when the teacher calls on them to demonstrate a math problem on the board, when they are assigned to give a speech, when they are asked to read aloud in front of the class, or when they want to ask a friend to do a play date. We can all learn how to step into vulnerability and practice sharing our hearts and inner selves with others. One major way children learn how to be vulnerable is by observing the adults around them. They are constantly watching us and learning from how we interact with others. So, how willing are you to be vulnerable? How often do you risk saying how you really feel? When are you better able to be vulnerable and with whom? Do you share your thoughts and feelings easily? Start thinking about those questions and notice areas and places in which you are more or less willing to be vulnerable. If there are ways in which you'd like to risk more vulnerability, take small risks and see how it feels. I recently finished reading Brene Brown's fantastic book Braving the Wilderness, and in it she presents a phrase that I love so much: Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart. What does she mean by this? That we can learn how to stand up for ourselves and be grounded in our truth (strong back), that we can practice letting our soft and squishy inner selves be seen (soft front), and that the most important thing is to be willing to speak our truth even if it means standing alone (wild heart). When you practice being vulnerable, you're teaching your child how to have those three crucial things. It is messy and painful and beautiful and necessary. And it is one of the best parts of life.​

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