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The Kumon Dorchester Study Centre opened in February 2016, and provides a friendly and supportive environment for students of all ages and abilities. The centre aims to help children fulfil their true potential as learners and develop them into capable individuals, ready to take on new challenges. It aims to offer parents an effective way of supporting their children’s learning at school.
During class the Instructor prompts and guides as appropriate, whilst also observing how children respond to the work set in order to adjust future work to suit their needs. Children are also encouraged to use the number board activity table and reading area.
In addition to the work done in class, homework is completed on a daily basis and parents will be given regular updates on how their children are progressing. Kumon goes further than traditional methods of tuition by ensuring students maintain a level of development every day.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Hello, my name is Ross Weedon and I am the Instructor at the Dorchester Study Centre.
I have been teaching in secondary schools for 25 years; predominately teaching English and Drama however, through my work as a supply teacher, I have recently covered a whole range of subjects including maths. I have experience of working in primary and middle schools and have really enjoyed working across the whole age range of students.
I first became interested in Kumon when exploring different tutoring options. I was very impressed by the professional look of the website and its educational philosophy based on the concept of independent study and self-learning. I was also impressed by the bespoke nature of the study programmes in maths and English, designed to suit each child’s individual needs.
I am really looking forward to introducing families in Dorchester to the Kumon Method. It will be very rewarding for me to see students steadily growing their subject knowledge, developing as self-learners and as confident, capable individuals. I will also gain great satisfaction from seeing these young people exceeding expectations and achieving their full potential.
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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.
They don't. A Kumon student progresses based on their current ability and not their age, although we believe that every child has unlimited potential and can ultimately tackle advanced work through well-paced and individualised instruction. We have children of similar ages studying different material and children of different ages studying the same material. Everything is dependent on the student's needs, not on how old they are.
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.
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.
The registration and monthly fee varies slightly from centre to centre. Click here to find the fees for your local study centre.