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The rewards that I have gained since becoming a Kumon Instructor in 2001 are immense.
After graduating with an honours degree in maths and entering a career in finance, I felt a desire to do something more fulfilling. I returned to university to study a post-graduate certificate in education at Cambridge University and started teaching maths in a secondary school. Sadly, I felt that this was not making the difference that I wanted to make to all students and after some investigation decided to train as a Kumon Instructor. Having taught in a wide range of schools from nursery to sixth form as I grew the centre, I have developed a deeper understanding of students of all ages and abilities, what is expected by the national curriculum and how Kumon study supports this.
From hearing that a student who was 'afraid of maths' has moved up to the top group, to seeing a student already strong in a subject thrive at an exceptional level, whilst developing the life skills to help them through school and beyond is more satisfying than I could have imagined. I am always delighted to hear of students' progress at school, but am no longer surprised by anything I hear.
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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