Expert tutoring, coaching, and classes

with an emphasis on stress reduction and confidence building.​

Help your child move from struggling to successful.

 

With 20 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; Associate/AOGPE

 

Katrina has 20 years of experience as a tutor.

 

Her passion is to help students feel more confident and calm about school. She does this by combining mindfulness techniques and practical tools that students can incorporate into their lives.​ She is Orton-Gillingham trained at the Academy Associate Level and provides expert reading intervention for students with dyslexia and other reading differences.

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What is your rate? 

Generally, services cost $90 per hour. See the tutoring page for more information.

 

 

Where does tutoring and coaching take place? 

For those in the Burlington area, sessions might 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, Zoom, or Google Hangouts for those who have complicated schedules or live outside the Burlington metro area. Contact Katrina to find out which option would be a good fit for your student.

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Praising Teens for Effort May Backfire​

In searching for information on growth mindset, I came across an interesting article in Education Week that posits praising teens for effort can actually backfire. It is a natural tendency for parents and teachers to praise effort, so how can we shift that when we're talking with teens? First, let's define growth mindset: it's the idea that hard work, dedication, and perseverance are important elements when learning something new. Rather than focusing on natural talent or "brains," growth mindset encourages students to recognize how continued effort toward a goal, along with resilience in the face of setbacks, is the most important part of learning. Researchers discovered that adolescents, who, as a rule, question what adults tell them, have a tendency to dismiss feedback when adults praise them for working hard. This leads them to not believe that their hard work can enhance their skills. Like much of teenage behavior, this often exasperates adults. So what can we do? The article quotes mindset researcher Mary Murphy, who has the following suggestions: 1. Focus on giving students chances to reflect on what they're learning. Ask them to track their growth as they learn a concept or skill so they can watch their progress unfold. 2. Talk with them about how mistakes are natural and necessary as part of learning. Explain that mistakes are what help them recognize what they still need to learn or work on. Tell them about your own mistakes, especially recent ones, that you've learned from. Best of luck to you as you navigate those tricky teen years with your child!​

Kids and Screen Time

Common Sense Media recently published a study on the use of screens by tweens and teens. I recommend their site both for excellent content and for their guides to and reviews of tv shows, movies, apps, and books. If you've ever wondered what the heck TikTok is, look no further. Find the Common Sense Media here, where you can read the full report or check out their key findings. This article is a good round-up about their findings around screen use. Things I found interesting: • more than half of all kids have a smart phone by age 11.• 8- to 12-year-olds average five hours of screen time a day.• teens average 7.5 hours of screen time daily. What does that mean? Screens are everywhere, we use them a lot, and they're becoming more ingrained in our daily lives. But they don't have to take over. You get to decide what rules you will impose around smart phones, laptops, and tablets in your home. The article suggests that you enforce balance based on what makes sense for your family. Further, and I think this is one of the most important, model the kind of screen use you'd like your child to have. If you want them to put their phone away or on silent during dinner, do the same. If you want to have a screen-free hour every evening, make sure you're not checking your email or texts during that time. And especially for students with ADHD or executive function challenges: try to encourage that phones are off/not in the room during homework time. I know this is a huge struggle for most families, and I suggest you take it one day at a time. Ask your child to try it just for an hour or 30 minutes at first. And have empathy. I think most of us with smart phones have trouble leaving them off or in another room for any period of time. One of my teenage students, who was initially reluctant to part with his phone for any reason, recently tried putting his phone in another room while he wrote a paper. This was after his parents, counselor, and I suggested it. He noticed that he was a lot more productive, and he hopes to implement this strategy each time he has a paper to write. Baby steps, right? ​

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