Workshops & Presentations

Founder of JRM Tutoring in New York City, James Mendelsohn, Ph.D., is also an author, educator, workshop leader and consultant on tutoring. He lectures, trains, and conducts workshops as an advocate of an approach to tutoring that centers on building intellectual independence in a student. That approach focuses on teaching students how they as individuals learn; it accommodates the unique needs of each student according to their different styles of learning.

During more than twenty-five years in education, Dr, Mendelsohn has been on the faculty of the Dalton School, Boston University, and MIT, as well as held appointments at Harvard University and abroad as a two-time winner of the Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature. He has published journalism, scholarly articles, reviews, and a young adult biography of Barbara Jordan (Getting Things Done, 2001), which was declared one of the Best of the Best children's books by the Bank Street College of Education's Children's Book Committee.

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A Parent’s Guide to Tutors and Tutoring

In September of 2008, Jossey Bass/Wiley published Dr. Mendelsohn’s A Parent’s Guide to Tutors and Tutoring: How to Support the Unique Needs of Your Child. Using case histories, it offers a survival guide for helping parents decide whether or not to hire a tutor, advice for choosing the right person to tutor your child, and ideas for evaluating if the job is well done. In addition, the book includes suggestions for selecting a tutor for kids with special needs, from learning disabilities to psychological difficulties.

Tutoring has become an integral part of education. Millions of kids now have tutors. Whether they are in public or private schools, whether they are of low or substantial income, whether they are average or superior in their academic abilities, children have tutors because, as many believe, they have learning habits that respond well to the individualized instruction tutors provide.

Just the same, many parents resort to tutoring not out of need but out of anxiety that their children may not be competitive enough in their quest for admission and financial support from elite schools—even if this may sacrifice the development of their children’s intellectual independence. The net result is a new $4 billion dollar industry involving millions of tutors and students. And despite the discovery of shoddy tutoring and poor outcomes, the appeal and demand for tutoring has only increased. This book is the first to offer a new approach to tutors and tutoring that requires well trained tutors who adjust to the unique needs of individual students, pursues a high standard of fulfillment, but recognizes that the chief goal of tutoring should be fostering the ability of students to work well on their own.

Praise for A Parent’s Guide to Tutors and Tutoring:

“James Mendelsohn understands how tutoring and education must fit the unique core nature of every child. His ideas, methods, and techniques are brilliant and can make a big positive impact on improving your child's success in school and in life.”
—Michael Gurian, author, The Minds of Boys, Boys and Girls Learn Differently, and Nurture the Nature

“This book shows parents how to avoid the stress and pressure of competition and instead pay attention to what our individual kids really need for success at school and in life.”
—Michele Borba, Ed.D., author, Parents Do Make a Difference and Building Moral Intelligence

“Dr. Mendelsohn has written a wonderful book that is a great gift and resource to any parent struggling with the question of whether—and if so, how—to tutor their kid. For them, it is a must-read.”
—Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., coauthor, The Over-Scheduled Child

“If you are lucky, you might find a tutor like Dr. Mendelsohn. Reading this book should certainly be your first step.”
—Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., educational psychologist and author, Your Child's Mind and Endangered Minds

Order A Parent’s Guide to Tutors and Tutoring through Powell’s Books, a well-known independent bookseller.