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A Parent's Guide to Tutors and Tutoring


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Acknowledgments. Introduction: To Tutor or Not to Tutor. Students Whose Parents Believe They Should Make Their Child Smarter. Students Whose Parents Want Them to Perform Flawlessly on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. Students Who Do Well in One Subject but Not Another. Students Who Have Been Diagnosed with ADHD and Urged to Medicate. Students Who Have Poor Study Habits. Students Who Have Been Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learning How to Learn: The Importance of Intellectual Independence. Chapter 1: Finding the Right Tutor for Your Child. What Underlying Approach Should a Tutor Take?. What Does Good Tutoring Look Like?. Three Characteristics of Good Tutoring. What Qualifications Should a Tutor Have?. Chapter 2: Expectations and the Tutoring Process. A Cautionary Tale. Basic Assumptions and Expectations. A Frame for Tutoring. Chapter 3: Parents and Tutors: Positive Contributions and Problematic Involvement. Positive Contributions. Problematic Involvement. Chapter 4: Teachers and Tutors. How Tutors Can Reach Out to Teachers. How Tutors Should Relate to Teachers. The Importance of Selective Contact. Chapter 5: The Challenges of Learning Disabilities. What Does Learning Disabled Mean?. The Role of Tutoring for Learning Disabled Students. The Challenges of Learning Disabilities for Parents. Chapter 6: The Challenges of Psychological Difficulties. A First Impression. Help for Students with Psychological Difficulties. Variations on Help for Students with Psychological Difficulties. Chapter 7: Finding the Right Tutor. How Parents Find Tutors. Resources for Finding the Right Tutor. The Question of Expense. A Brief Survey of Fees. Further Resources for Parents. About the Author. Index.

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James Mendelsohn, Ph.D., is a busy, highly regarded tutor and founder of JRM Tutoring ( in New York City. He has been on the faculty of the Dalton School, Boston University, and MIT and is a two-time winner of the Fulbright Lectureship.

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