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The centre has been open since 1995, offering both maths and English study programmes. It is now a thriving and important part of the local community.
At the centre, there are students of all abilities and ages, ranging presently from four to 14 years old.
Students generally attend once a week, and each class visit lasts approximately 30 minutes per subject. During this time, parents are welcome to wait downstairs in the library, where tea and coffee are available.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. The team of six assistants and the Instructor are on hand in class to offer support and encouragement. The Instructor sees each student while they attend class on a one-to-one basis to give feedback and offer help and discuss goals and progress.
Unlike the process of a traditional tuition provider, Kumon encourages students to take their learning into their own hands. The role of the Kumon Instructor is to provide guidance, support and encouragement, allowing the student to develop their own independent learning strategies.
My name is Deirdre Bracks and I became the Instructor at the Edinburgh, Portobello Study Centre in November 2011.
I have experience of working with children in the school environment and also in adult training and know that the lifelong study skills developed at Kumon, along with the solid foundations in English and/or maths will prove invaluable in later life.
From raising my own children, I know the challenges you may face. My role as a Kumon Instructor is to guide and motivate your child, encouraging them to become independent learners. Allowing students to learn from their mistakes is a vital part of the learning process and pointing them in the right direction to obtain the correct answers by themselves is a very satisfying aspect of my job. Seeing them grow in confidence and being prepared to “have a go” by themselves is what I strive for.
I continually set short and long-term goals with each student so that together we can all share and enjoy their progress.
Since becoming an Instructor, I have witnessed many children’s ability grow and they become confident, positive students who understand that like everything else in life; practice makes perfect.
I consider myself very fortunate to have such a fulfilling career.
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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.