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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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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Set Up School Routines Now​

Although we are in the height of summer, it's a great time to think about creating routines and getting more organized before the new school year so you and your student can start the school year off right. Many students with learning differences benefit from home routines that help them know when it is time to focus on school work and when they can relax. Think about how you would want to support your student in this way. Does it make sense to have them take a 30-minute break after school and then start on homework before dinner? Do they have sports or music right after school and so homework will happen after dinner? Think about how you can structure their time and talk with them about a routine that feels like a good fit. Then create a white board or print-out you can hang in the kitchen, the hall, or their bedroom that they can consult to know the expectations. Color code time blocks to make it visual, especially for younger students or those with reading difficulties. Make sure to build in time for play and/or relaxation.  Even older students will benefit from this, especially if they have ADHD. I have noticed that my students with ADHD appreciate being able to consult schedules or calendars to know what to expect. And they often won't remember it in their head, so giving them external guides is helpful (and it helps you too!). Another thing to think about is how you could set up your house to facilitate homework time. Create a space that your student will always use to do homework, one that is quiet and free of distractions. It needs a space where they can sit and write, so a table or desk is good. Some students like bean bags, and that is fine; get them a clip board. Stock the area with pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, lined and unlined paper, and make sure there is good light.  Setting aside a special space for homework time helps them get into thinking mode when they enter that space and helps solidify the routines you'd like them to set for doing their homework. Also, consider creating a space in your entryway, or perhaps in their room, where your student can always store their backpack. If it always goes in the same place when he or she comes home, there is less chance of needing to search for it when it is homework time. They can grab their backpack and bring it to their homework space when it's homework time, and then when they are done with homework, the backpack goes back to it's special spot (with the homework inside!), so there is no need for a search in the morning when it's time to leave.  These are just a few ideas...you may think of more after reading this. Feel free to share any tips you have for keeping organized and I'll post them on my Facebook page. ​

Taking a Break from Screens​

We all know we should be spending less time on screens, and this is especially true for children. Here are some sobering statistics from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: Including when they’re multitasking, 8- to 18-year-olds consume an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes of screen media per day. Screen time is linked to sleep disturbance in 6- to 12-year-olds. Adolescents who watch 3 or more hours of television daily are at especially high risk for poor homework completion, negative attitudes toward school, poor grades, and long-term academic failure. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides guidelines about the amount of screen time for children. It "discourages media use, except for video-chatting, by children younger than 18 to 24 months," recommends that children ages 18 to 24 months only see "high quality" media that is not watched alone, and asks parents to "limit screen time to one hour per day" for children ages 2 to 5. One children get older, they say, parents "need to decide how much media to let your child use each day and what types of media are appropriate." We are the role models for tech use in our children's lives. It helps to take a close look at our own screen use and notice if we are advocating less for the kids but not curbing it ourselves. One way to start to change habits is to take a no-tech challenge. This might look like a weekend day without screens, a weeknight screen-free evening, or even attempting to take an entire weekend off from screens. Starting small and working up to longer screen-free time is likely the best bet, since most of us use them reflexively. Since it's summer, I thought it might be a good time to try this out. The days are longer, the weather is generally better, and there are multiple options for screen-free entertainment. Or, if could be a good time to learn the value of being bored and/or daydreaming! In any case, you can use the screen-free challenge from Time to Log Off as a jumping off point. Some of their tips include: Making dinner time a no-screen zone. Going back to alarm clocks in bedrooms to make them a screen-free place to relax and sleep. Setting unplugging goals as a family. Doing the no-tech challenge together as a family and being supportive of one another (it's not always easy!). Good luck and let me know if you try some screen-free time in the next week! ​

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