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The centre was established in 2005 and is based at Chesham Grammar School, in the language block. Many of the students who attend the study centre attend schools in Chesham and live in and around the Chesham area. However, some students travel to the centre from surrounding areas.
The current ages of children attending the centre ranges from five to 18 years old, although the centre welcomes all ages and abilities. There are currently six or seven assistants working at the centre on both days.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Kumon should not be considered a traditional tuition provider as, rather than ‘teaching’ students, we encourage them to become independent learners who feel confident in their own abilities and able to face unfamiliar work.
My name is Min Carter and I am the Instructor at the Chesham Study Centre.
I became a Kumon Instructor because I have a love for maths and I saw how solid the programme was when both my daughters were enrolled in a local Kumon centre. Over the years, I saw how Kumon gave my daughters a fantastic foundation in maths and English and has also given them the skills to concentrate, work independently and tackle new work.
The most rewarding part of my role is working with the children, especially when they have been struggling with some work and then they get that 'light-bulb' moment when things begin to fall into place.
Being a Kumon parent has enabled me to see both sides of the coin. I think at the beginning one of the most important skills to work on is daily practice, both from the student and the parent; that is the student doing the work and the parent marking their work everyday. Also, knowing that we all learn differently, so understanding how your child works and that there will be times when they learn quickly and times when they need to consolidate what they have learnt.
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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.
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 is a self-learning programme but each student receives 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, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
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.
Both, and every child in between. This is because of our individualised approach to education, which always asks the question: "What is best for this individual child?" Following a diagnostic test, a study plan is set to develop the ability of the child and to progress them beyond the Kumon International Standard (an international approximation of their school level) regardless of their starting point. Kumon welcomes students with special educational needs, gifted and talented children, and all those who believe they can achieve more and fulfil their potential.
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