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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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. ​

Excellent Dyslexia Resource​

As part of my practicum in the Orton-Gillingham approach, I have spent time exploring the International Dyslexia Association web site, and it is a treasure-trove of information. If you have a child with dyslexia, or if you suspect your child might have dyslexia, it is a fantastic resource. Its page of fact sheets is one I have bookmarked, because it provides an incredible amount of information. You can find everything from introductory information about dyslexia to how to help dyslexic students receive accommodations on college entrance exams. There you can also learn about the ADHD-dyslexia connection, how dyslexia shows up for gifted students, and how stress and anxiety often occur with dyslexia.  If you are curious about dyslexia is assessed and diagnosed, you can visit this page. The IDA also provides a helpful guide to help you determine if a particular professional would be helpful for your child.  It also has a section dedicated to families, with information about upcoming conferences and workshops, a list of schools that specialize in helping students with learning differences, scholarships and grants, and a youth art gallery. One of the most helpful part of the web site is their downloadable Dyslexia Handbook. It is well worth the read.  There is a lot of information, so plan to make several trips to click around and discover everything that is there.  ​

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