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My name is Julie Mason and I always describe myself as a 'numbers person who loves to read.'
After gaining my maths degree, I trained as a primary school teacher and went on to teach maths at secondary school level for four years. I then worked part-time from home for ten years, while my main role was being a mum to my three children. Once my youngest child had started full-time school, I was ready for a fresh challenge.
I was delighted to discover that Kumon was of equal benefit to children of all ages and abilities. I realised that children still need to build their basic skills and mental agility, but they also need to be challenged and to develop their self-learning skills and independence as they study work ahead of their school grade level.
Every day I am impressed by the power and flexibility of the Kumon programmes. It is very exciting to be able to help students who are struggling with their school lessons, as well as challenging other students who are excelling in maths and English.
I love the opportunity to be involved with the education of individual students over many years, often seeing them develop their skills from primary school to GCSE level and beyond.
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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