‘How to Tutor Your Own Child’ published this week

Rube_Tutor Own Child compMy friend Marina just published her first book, How to Tutor Your Own Child: Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning, on August 2.   I had the honor of following Marina’s progress through the writing, editing, and publication process. I may have even suggested a subtitle or two. I look forward to seeing the culmination of that journey at the book launch later today.

Congratulations, Marina! This one-time unschooler fully endorses this publication. And my future kids say “thanks.”


Do you interact with a school-age student–or know anyone who does?  If so, read on:

I’m pleased to announce the publication of How to Tutor Your Own Child: Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning, which was released on August 2, 2011.  The book is available in print and digital form from Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House.

How to Tutor Your Own Child is appropriate for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of students of all ages (kindergarten through high school).  It aims to further the intellectual development of children by enriching their relationships and home environments.  The book draws on my experience as a professional tutor and covers the basics for parents: the Six-Step Session, communication tricks, ethical dilemmas, technological resources, and organization, and it includes a special chapter about supporting teenage students.

Gerald Richards, the CEO of the tutoring company 826 National, was generous enough to write the book’s foreword.

You can purchase copies online from Amazon (where reviews are welcome!), Powell’s, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble, among other retailers.  If you live in the DC area, I encourage you to find a copy at Sullivan’s Toys and Art Supplies, Barton’s Child’s Play, Kramerbooks, or Politics & Prose.

How to Tutor Your Own Child has a companion websiteblogFacebook page, and Twitter account, and here it is on Goodreads.  I’ll be using all of these locations to post additional resources and share questions and comments from readers.  I would also be happy to hear from readers at marinakruben@gmail.com.

The book has gotten great feedback so far.

From Dr. Fran Walfish, a child psychotherapist and author of The Self-Aware Parent:

Marina Ruben uses wisdom, experience, and laser-sharp intuition coupled with support and concrete tools and strategies.  This is a must-read for parents of every school-age child.

From Dr. Lea Ybarra, the recent executive director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY):

A thoughtful, humorous, and practical guide for parents and anyone interested in child enrichment.  Reading and discussing this book will be time well spent.

Reviewer Sara McGrath also recommended the book to homeschoolers and unschoolers, saying its “obvious respect for children quickly won me over.”

I’ll be appearing at book festivals and speaking engagements throughout the year.  See here for details, and please do reach out if you’d like me to read at your school, educational organization, book group, conference, or other engagement.

If you know others who might be interested in the book or its companion resource sites, I’d love for you to share this e-mail.

Thanks so much!

Best wishes,


Marina Koestler Ruben

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