A Review of Marina Koestler Ruben’s How to Tutor Your Own Child: Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning – Without Paying for a Professional Tutor

By Kelly Thunstrom

Marina Koestler Ruben is a professional writing tutor, most notably at the Sidwell Friends School (where the Obama children attend) in Washington, DC.  It is interesting to me that she wrote this book, being that she is employed as a tutor and needs students to teach.  Why write a book about parents tutoring their own children, when she, herself, is a professional tutor?  I will be asking Ruben this question in my upcoming interview with her.

Do not let the title fool you.  This is not just about parents as formal tutors of their children, sitting down with them to cover topics that they themselves may or not be familiar with (although Ruben helps with that).  The book is an asset to parents trying to help their children, from preschool to high school, succeed in the academic realm.

The tutoring part of the book gives parents an easy, step by step guide to helping their children with academics, from the best ways to talk with them, to the educational materials that should be in every household.  Ruben discusses ways to help children see the real-life benefits of what they are learning, as well as ways to motivate when they just don’t want to do it anymore.

Ruben also helps parents see what failure really is…an opportunity to make a mistake.  She says not to take it personally and to even celebrate it.  She writes about ways to help children with organization and how to be ethical as a parent-child tutor.  “Helicopter” parenting is so prevalent nowadays, and Ruben helps parents understand how that style does not help the child at all.

Do not think that this book is just for the elementary ages.  Ruben also focuses on high school students and how parents can help them succeed.  Reading aloud in a family usually stops after elementary school, but Ruben discusses how books can be shared in the household throughout high school.

I highly recommend How to Tutor Your Own Child as a way to assist your child educationally.

We will be posting an interview with Marina Koestler Ruben in a few weeks.

 

Kelly Thunstrom has been teaching for almost 15 years, working with the fourth, fifth, and seventh grades full-time.  She has been named to Who’s Who in Education, as well as awarded the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Education.
Kelly is editor and publisher of 1776books, which provides reviews of various types of books.  She also writes book reviews for Bookloons, local theater reviews for Stage Partners, and is the arts reviewer for the local Patch syndicates.

 

 

 

 

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