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The Dunfermline Study Centre opened in 2008 and has grown in strength along with the students who have come through its doors. Many of the students at the Dunfermline Study Centre have begun the Kumon programmes on the recommendation of other Kumon students and their families.
Situated on the edge of Dunfermline town centre, it is easy to find. Students attend class for approximately half an hour per subject where they complete their work, amend any corrections they may have, collect their work for the coming week and speak with the Instructor before they leave.
At the Dunfermline Study Centre, the Instructor is supported by eight excellent assistants who support students by marking and recording their work, working with students on their reading and oral maths, and supporting early learners. In class, students also have the opportunity to read a variety of books from Kumon’s comprehensive Recommended Reading List.
The current ages of students at the centre range from four to 14 years. The Kumon Maths and English Study Programmes are suitable for students of all ages and abilities as the Instructor tailors the programme to suit each individual child and ensures students have a good foundation before embarking on advanced study.
My interest in children and education started while studying psychology at the University of Dundee. I had a particular interest in learning and development and was excited about how sensitive and resilient children are in their learning. Following this, I worked with young adults with learning disabilities which I thoroughly enjoyed. At the same time, I also began working as a classroom assistant in the Dunfermline Study Centre, shortly after it opened in 2008.
In 2014 the opportunity arose to take over the Dunfermline Study Centre, and after completing Instructor Training, I became a Kumon Instructor that August. I was very pleased to be able to keep the centre open and found that I really enjoyed the challenges and opportunities that posed.
As a Kumon Instructor, I enjoy being able to work with students individually, getting to know them and encouraging them in their work. I aim for my students, of all abilities, to progress through to and above their school level, by developing a strong foundation and building on it. This results in gaining confidence and even an advantage at school. I love seeing a student completing work which they previously would have found difficult, or would not have believed they were able to do.
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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.