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I have 19 years experience in teaching. I have taught in both the private and public sectors, mainly English language and English literature up to GCSE, although I also taught mathematics in the private sector as well as Spanish.
One of my proudest moments in my teaching career was when I was nominated by my students and fellow teachers for the Pearson National Teaching Awards for Teacher of the Year (Secondary School) where I was shortlisted to the final 12 in 2014. As a teacher, I always put myself in the students shoes and see how I can guide them meticulously to the next step without telling them the solution, but showing and encouraging them how to work it out for themselves, so that they are well-equipped to face any subsequent difficulties with strength.
What attracted me to become a Kumon Instructor is that I was really impressed with the structure of the Kumon worksheets and how they encourage students to progress independently with little steps. I truly enjoy guiding students to those ‘light bulb’ moments as much as possible and strive to ensure that my students enjoy their experience at the Kumon Study Centre Billericay.
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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