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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Books That Celebrate LGBTQIA Pride​

It's Pride month and one way I'm celebrating is to share these lists of books about the LGBTQIA community or featuring LGBTQIA characters. First, let me personally recommend three titles. The first is Luna by Julie Anne Peters. It is a moving, poignant narrative about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity. It is best suited for young adult readers and I highly recommend it. The second is Drama, a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. A middle schooler in her school's drama production crew has a crush. And her crush has a crush. It is light and fun and lovers of graphic novels will enjoy it. The third is the comic book series Lumberjanes. You've heard me mention this before. It is goofy yet smart, empowering, and it features a diverse cast of characters. This list from Huffpost centers mainly on picture books and includes titles related to gender non-conforming kids, queer families, and icons in the gay community. This list of YA titles includes titles from authors like John Green, David Levithan, and Jacqueline Woodson.​

Educational Activities for Summer​

Summer can be a busy time with camps, vacations, family reunions, and nature outings. Even so, there is often a lot of downtime in the midst of all that activity, and that down time creates the perfect opportunity to help students maintain the learning they gained last school year.  Here are some ideas for how to help kids occupy their time in educational ways. 1. Read. It's an obvious one, and often one required of students by their school. The options are numerous. Choose from graphic novels, comic books, audiobooks, ebooks, books on the Epic app, or good old-fashioned print books. Don't feel compelled to stick to fiction; there are many excellent non-fiction and poetry options out there. If a student is reading an audiobook, it's very helpful for them to have a print version to read along with, especially if they have dyslexia or other reading issues. Make regular trips to the library so there are always choices. 2. Write. If your child is particularly inventive, ask them to write a Choose Your Own Adventure story or create a pop-up book. They could also keep a travel journal or a nature-observation journal. Entries could be short, but meaningful: what was the most interesting landmark they saw? What kinds of birds or plants did they see outside the hotel or by the lake? What impression do they have of the place they've visited? If they are at a sleep-away camp, ask them to write postcards or letters. I'd be happy to receive some! Another option here is a dream journal. Have them record their dreams or even just impressions or feelings they had upon waking and discuss them over breakfast. Watch a documentary together and ask them to write a summary after. Or, create a blog for them where they can share their thoughts (and photographs and art) with your family and their friends.  3. Listen. Schedule time during the day to listen to podcasts. This could also be a family activity, and could be combined with chores, cooking, or art-making. Some of my favorites are This American Life, On Being, Invisibilia, The Moth, StoryCorps and Radiolab. Check content first as not everything is appropriate for younger listeners. NPR has a list of podcasts for kids as does Fatherly.  4. Play. Educational games might make kids groan at first, but I find many will ask for them over and over once they've played them. There's a long list here too. Some I enjoy are Bananagrams, Scrabble, Spellaminoes and Boggle. Brain Freeze, Rory's Story Cubes, Sequence, Head Full of Numbers, and Rush Hour are great as well. ​

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