How to Tutor Your Own Child (Paperback)

Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning--Without Paying for a Professional Tutor

By Marina Koestler Ruben, Gerald Richards (Foreword by)

Ten Speed Press, 9781607740278, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2011

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Tutoring today is a $4 billion industry (yes—billion) with companies like Sylvan Learning Center and Kaplan Tutoring cashing in. So, what are parents of today’s overextended students to do? Top professional tutor Marina Koestler Ruben empowers you to take a do-it-yourself approach to your child’s after-school enrichment. As a parent-tutor, you will learn how provide holistic academic support for your children and create an intellectual environment in the home—strengthening your relationship and improving parent-child communication in the process.
Ruben’s accessible guide shows you how to balance big-picture curiosity with the academic nitty-gritties of homework assignments, organization, and electronic resources. Building on her proven “Six-Step Session” format, Ruben shares the secrets to tutoring children in any subject from kindergarten through high school—all with a warm, entertaining tone that will inspire you to inspire them.

About the Author

Marina Koestler Ruben works for Sidwell Friends School as a writing teacher, for the Johns Hopkins University as a course developer and instructor of undergraduate and graduate writing courses, and as a freelance writer, editor, and writing consultant. She has written for Smithsonian Magazine, CNN, Education Week, McSweeney's, and the Washington City Paper, and has worked as an education writer for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Praise For How to Tutor Your Own Child: Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning--Without Paying for a Professional Tutor

“begins with tips to engage children in the learning process and proceeds to ideas to make education fun and creative. ...Parents who have trouble motivating their children will find this book (which considers K-12 students, with a particular focus on teens) useful and will appreciate Ruben’s organization and chapter summations.” 
—Library Journal, 6/1/11

“Marina Ruben uses wisdom, experience, and laser-sharp intuition coupled with support and concrete tools and strategies. This is a must-read book for parents of every school-age child.”
—Dr. Fran Walfish, Child Psychotherapist and Author, The Self-Aware Parent
“A thoughtful, humorous, and practical guide for parents and anyone interested in child enrichment. Reading and discussing this book will be time well spent.”
—Dr. Lea Ybarra, Executive Director, Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University