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I am Radhika Ghelani, the Instructor of the Kumon Ashford, Middlesex Study Centre.
Interestingly, I was introduced to Kumon at the age of eight, when my parents enrolled me into the Kumon maths and English Study Programmes. Studying both subjects was stimulating and I noticed a natural preference for maths which I began to enjoy and excel at. Kumon helped me advance beyond my equivalent school level, resulting in me achieving very high academic results.
Both my parents went on to open their own Kumon study centre and as a teenager, I worked as a senior assistant for them both. I started really appreciating the benefits Kumon was having to my own development and at university and I continued both the Kumon programmes, completing them during my first year.
Working in education has always been my dream, and working with children has come naturally to me due to my background and extensive experience in Kumon. Becoming a Kumon Instructor is something I cherish as it allows me deeply understand each child and tailor the programme to their needs. The Kumon programmes are an investment in a child’s education and I have been fortunate enough to reap their rewards myself.
My aim is to communicate the benefits of the Kumon programmes and make them available to as many children as possible so that together we can create bright, confident individuals who pursue their full potential.
Kumon is a self-learning programme with each student receiving regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, either in the centre or their online class, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
Kumon offers much more than tutoring and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
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