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.


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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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Skip the Computer When Taking Notes​

Although laptops are now ubiquitous in classrooms, research from Princeton and UCLA shows that handwritten notes are still better. This is because a student can't possibly write down every word verbatim, and this causes them to process the material in a different way than if they were typing. This extra step actually helps students grasp overarching concepts better. Click over to this NPR article about the research if you'd like to learn more specifics about why this is the case. Knowing that writing notes by hand is better, how can students with ADHD and dyslexia get the benefits of handwritten notes when this activity can be such a challenge? I would recommend that the student learn a note-taking strategy such as SQ3R or Cornell and pair that with recording the lectures. Your student's IEP or 504 plan might also include an accommodation to receive teacher outlines and/or other students' notes as well. Another option is to invest in a Livescribe Echo Smartpen, which records while you write. The next step is for the student to review their notes no more than 24 hours after a lecture. This can become part of one's nightly homework, to review the notes from the day and to notice anything that needs clarification. This last step is crucial: it is important for students to recognize what they still don't understand and get help from their teacher or a tutor in the following days. This ADDitude article has excellent note-taking tips. Here are some highlights: Always date notes to make it easier to find information later When a teacher says, "this will be on the test" but an asterisk or star next to the information Paraphrase or use short-hand when possible Leave space at the bottom of the page for questions These skills are not often taught in school and they do take practice to learn. If you think your child could benefit from note-taking practice, please let me know.  Photo credit: Marco Arment​

Using Micro-goals to Tackle Huge Projects​

What is the best way for students to tackle huge projects or essays? To break the tasks into their smallest pieces and tackle those pieces one by one. I first came across the the idea of micro-progress in this recent New York Times article. What is so great about the idea of micro-goals is that it parses the pieces of a project into the smallest possible parts so that momentum builds when a student gets started on a task. The article's author, Tim Herrera, says "once you shift your thinking into this frame — I’ve started being productive, so I’m going to keep being productive — you achieve those micro-goals at what feels like an exponentially increasing rate without even realizing it." And stuff gets done. How would this look with a typical assignment? Let's say your child has to write an essay on The Stranger and existentialism. Here are what the first few steps might look like: 1. Open a Google Doc. 2. Name the Google Doc. 3. Write down one idea for how The Stranger demonstrates existentialism. 4. Write down another idea for how The Stranger demonstrates existentialism. And so on. Rather than having a more global task like "brainstorm ideas for essay," students break that down into the actual minute steps. Herrera says this works because it uses Newton's first law of motion: an object in motion stays in motion. Once you get started, you often get on a roll. The momentum builds and the essay gets written. And tackling each small task becomes much easier than staring down an entire essay. Students would only need to practice listing out the micro-goals a few times before they got the hang of it...and having someone there with them to figure out those micro-goals would be a huge help to them.​


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