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Full Title of Book: How to Tutor Your Own Child: Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning—Without Paying for a Professional Tutor

Short Title of Book: How to Tutor Your Own Child

Author: Marina Koestler Ruben

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Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Random House)

Publication Date: August 2, 2011

ISBN-10: 1607740273

ISBN-13: 978-1607740278

Format/Pages: Paperback, 208 pages

Press Contact: Kara Van de Water, 510-285-2966, [email protected]


Top professional tutor Marina Koestler Ruben empowers you to take a do-it-yourself approach to your child’s after-school enrichment, while sparing you the expense of private tutoring fees. As a parent-tutor, you will learn how to 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.


Name: Marina Koestler Ruben

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Bio: Marina Koestler Ruben is a professional tutor, writer, and editor who works as the official in-house writing tutor at Sidwell Friends School, in Washington, D.C. Former students include children (K-12th) and adults across the D.C. and Baltimore Metro areas: resettled refugees, public and private school students at Maryland’s Potomac Tutors, and high school students at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy and Washington International School. Marina has covered math, science, history, creative writing, English, ESL, French, and Spanish, as well as organization and study skills.

Marina has been published by the Washington City PaperCNN.comSmithsonian.comEducation WeekMcSweeney’s, and ARTSEDGE (at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), and she has appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She has taught children’s creative writing workshops for Writopia Lab and adult freelance writing workshops at book festivals.

Marina received her BA and MA from the Johns Hopkins University, where she received the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Award. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Adam, and their recently born tutoring project.