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My name is Donna Wood and I am the Instructor for the Chatham, Walderslade Study Centre.
I am delighted to be running a Kumon study centre and to bring the internationally renowned programme to the local area.
I became aware of Kumon through a colleague whose son had studied the programme and was delighted with his progress. Upon enquiring about Kumon, I found there was not a study centre in my area, and the nearest one had a waiting list. With my background in finance and a keen interest in education, I decided to train to become an Instructor.
I now run a thriving centre, with a tremendous and experienced team alongside me. Over the years I have seen so many children (including my own daughters) develop, gain self-confidence and achieve academic success through studying the programme.
Being a Kumon Instructor has been extremely rewarding and I look forward to helping many more students achieve their potential in the years to come.
I look forward to welcoming you 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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