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Hello, my name is Amanda Grosso, and I have been the Instructor at the Kumon Clapham Common Study Centre since 2009.
Both my children studied on the Kumon Maths and English Programmes when they were younger and I was extremely impressed by how much it helped them, not only in maths and English, but how it encouraged them to become independent learners, and develop their confidence.
Because I witnessed first-hand the difference Kumon study could make, I had complete faith in the Kumon Method of Learning, and it was this that guided my decision to open a study centre of my own. It has been, and continues to be, such a rewarding experience, seeing children find pleasure in their own achievements, especially when they had previously found something difficult or were unable to do it before.
Each class day I am able to witness students acquiring good study skills, learning from their mistakes and a developing the mindset not to give up when faced with unfamiliar and challenging work, but instead to give it a go.
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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