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My name is Ann O’Neill and I have been the Instructor at the Kumon Bridgend Study Centre since 2013. Previously, I spent 12 years working in education as a teacher and teacher trainer in the UK and abroad.
I first came across Kumon whilst teaching in Thailand with students in my class who were on the Kumon Maths Programme. When I came back home to Wales, and found out that Kumon was also established in the UK, this interested me to find out more about Kumon and become an Instructor.
I found that so many aspects of the Kumon Method of Learning appealed to me through the instant feedback the child receives on their performance every day, how each child works at a pace and level appropriate for them and how they develop the thinking skills to self-learn.
The most rewarding element of my role as an Instructor is being able to see my students grow in self-confidence and sureness in their ability. It’s wonderful hearing stories about how they have been moved onto the ‘top table’ in their class, or even started studying with higher year groups than their own.
I look forward to welcoming you and your child to my centre.
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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