Expert tutoring, coaching, and classes

with an emphasis on stress reduction and confidence building.​

Help your child move from struggling to successful.

 

With 19 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 19 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.​

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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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Myths and Truths About Dyslexia​

Although dyslexia is the most common learning difference (it affects 20% of the population), there are still prevalent myths about what it is and how it affects children. Here are some things to know about dyslexia. Dyslexia is not just when a student reverses their letters when they write and read. While some students with dyslexia do exhibit this trait, so do a lot of young children. It is not an automatic sign of dyslexia. However, if it still occurs beyond first grade, it would be wise to get your child evaluated. It's not about effort. As I mentioned in a recent blog, if a student isn't doing something, it's often because they don't know how or it is truly difficult for them. If you have a reluctant reader in the house, check to see if they also exhibit the common signs of dyslexia. Talk with their teacher to find out their precise struggles with reading. If you suspect they might have dyslexia, it is time to get an evaluation. The sooner a student is diagnosed, the sooner you can put in place interventions to close their reading gap. The minds of dyslexics are wired differently. Therefore, they need a structured, multi-sensory approach to reading instruction, like the Orton-Gillingham approach I use. Many teachers, and even some reading specialists and special educators, are still not trained in this style of reading instruction, and therefore do not use it in the classroom. Students with dyslexia need this type of intervention to help them learn how to read, spell, and write effectively. Highly intelligent people can have dyslexia. While outwardly, dyslexic students may perform poorly at school, this is not a reflection of their intelligence. Often, dyslexic students are quite creative and excel at problem solving. Many entrepreneurs, actors, artists, and inventors are dyslexic. All dyslexics are not the same. Dyslexia exists on a spectrum and some students struggle with it more than others. Add in the fact that dyslexia often comes with other learning differences like ADHD, and can also be paired with mental struggles like anxiety and depression, and the picture looks different for each dyslexic child.  If you'd like to learn more about dyslexia, here are some excellent resources: Understanding DyslexiaYale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity FAQUnderstanding the Myths Around Reading and Dyslexia         

Tests Aren’t Everything​

Recently, a friend sent me this blog, written for On Being, by Quaker elder and educator Parker Palmer. In it, he writes: "There are lots of things wrong with our national mania for high-stakes standardized testing in the public schools. One of the worst is the way it makes some kids feel like 'losers' when they are very young. It’s a tragedy that’s reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., and it’s going to cost this country dearly before it’s over." I couldn't agree more. Test scores only show a fraction of what makes up a student, and I remind my students of that all the time. A group of principals made a point to lift up their students by sending them a message about how test scores only show a fraction of students' beautiful selves. Click through to Palmer's blog to read the message. You might want to read it to your child before school starts to remind them that they contain multitudes beyond what their score on a test might say. ​

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