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My name is Eirini Grammatikopoulou and I am the Instructor at the Chelmsford North Study Centre. I am a qualified teacher and after graduating in Educational Studies and Developmental Psychology, I worked in primary education for 15 years. I have also worked as a language teacher in the past teaching German and Greek as a Foreign Language up to A-level.
I chose to become a Kumon Instructor due to my deep appreciation for, and confidence in, the Kumon programmes and their philosophy. In my view, the most important aim in educating children and young people is to help them develop their ability and independent study skills.
As a Kumon Instructor, my greatest reward is seeing my students grow in confidence and self-esteem. At the Chelmsford North Study Centre, I am very proud of my great team of caring and highly experienced assistants who work closely with me and have an excellent rapport with the students. I always keep a very close eye on each student’s progress, observing, advising, monitoring and providing constant feedback both to students and parents.
I place great importance in communicating with parents and aim to always make myself available to answer any questions and to discuss any details of the programme.
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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