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

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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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Try This Confidence Builder​

Rewriting the stories we tell ourselves can help us succeed and make lasting change, especially when we utilize a growth mindset. You may have heard of psychologist Carol Dweck and her research on a fixed vs. growth mindset. I wrote about her work back in August. With a growth mindset, we believe we can work hard, push through struggle, and come out the other side successful.  But all too often, the stories in our minds leave out this growth mindset, and instead we stay in a fixed mindset. "I'll never learn geometry!" or "Writing is too hard for me" are two examples of a fixed mindset. But the good news is, we can learn to rewrite the stories we tell ourselves. So how can you help your child change her mindset through writing? Using the excellent graphic in this article, you can build a story. Here is an example: Whenever I am faced with a hard problem in geometry, I tell myself that I have many tools I can use to tackle it. First, I can ask my teacher for help. Second, I can go online and watch a Khan Academy video about the geometry skill I am trying to do. I can also ask a friend or get help from a tutor or a parent. I keep trying to understand the problem, getting lots of support from others, until it clicks. All the effort I put into figuring out the problem leads to me understanding it.  Keeping the story in present tense helps. Writing the story in the present tense makes it seem as if it is happening now, which helps students embody the idea. The story doesn't have to be about school; students could make up a story with Star Wars or Minecraft characters. Just the act of writing about perseverance will help students see the steps they can take in their own life.  ​

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​


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