Expert tutoring, coaching, and classes

with an emphasis on stress reduction and confidence building.​

Help your child move from struggling to successful.

 

With 17 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 17 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 $80 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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Books That Tackle Mental Health​

As someone who struggles with anxiety, I wish this list of books had been around when I was a teen. It features eight books that expertly handle various mental health struggles. I love this list because I feel it is so important both for children to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read, and to read about others' struggles so they can understand others better. I'll admit I haven't read any of these books yet, but they are on my 2018 list, especially Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, both of which feature characters with anxiety (one of my students couldn't believe I hadn't read any Rainbow Rowell yet, so I must remedy this).  I also want to share my general endorsement of Brightly, where I found the list. The site features many more lists like the one above in all grade levels, including book lists for adults. In addition, it has articles on various aspects of learning and parenting, with a focus on reading. Check it out! ​

Stories of Struggle Help Students Persevere​

You've probably seen something similar to the image above before. It hints at how much work goes into being successful at something. It's hard when looking from the outside to see this, though. We know that JK Rowling has sold millions of books but forget how she was a clinically depressed, unemployed single mom whose first book was rejected 12 times before it was picked up.  There are hundreds of stories like this. A Wrinkle in Time was rejected 26 times. Anne Frank's diary was rejected 16 times. Oprah was fired from her first TV anchor job. Stephen Spielberg was rejected from film school. Walt Disney was told by his boss at a newspaper that he had no imagination.  And what's interesting is that students benefit from hearing these stories of struggle. In the realm of science, researchers discovered that hearing stories of scientists' struggles improved their performance in science class.  As this Mind/Shift article notes, "researchers found that students who heard ...a 'struggle story' improved their science performance post-intervention, relative to students in the control group. The effect was especially pronounced for lower-performing students, for whom 'exposure to struggling stories led to significantly better science-class performance than low-performing students who read achievement stories.'" The iceberg image demonstrates that it takes persistence, the ability to fail, willingness to take risks, doing hard work, and setting and working toward goals to be successful. It's this combination that is the marker of success more often than raw talent, and when students hear stories of people who have struggled, it helps them understand what it really takes to succeed.  ​

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