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The Forest Hill Study Centre opened in 1993 and offers supplementary maths and English programmes, which are suitable for children of all ages and abilities. Currently students at the study centre range in age from three to 16 years old. Some of the students are starting their A levels, and others are currently at various stages in primary school.
There is a welcoming reception area with dedicated staff who exchange homework and answer enquiries from parents.
The Forest Hill Study Centre is fortunate to have a large number of assistants. They range from students who have studied the programmes to adult staff, most of whom have had children studying the programmes. This gives us a large base of knowledge of all aspects of the maths and English programmes, which we can share with our students and their families, thus helping them to get the best from the supplementary education.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Kumon should not be considered a traditional tuition provider as, rather than ‘teaching’ students, we encourage them to become independent learners who feel confident in their own abilities and able to face unfamiliar work.
I have been running the centre since 1993 and I am impressed with the way Kumon can help students of all abilities and ages. It is great to see students’ progress in confidence and ability as they work through the programme.
I saw an advert for Kumon when my daughter was six and thought that it would be good for her. She had attended a Montessori nursery school and I was keen that she would fulfil her potential at school – and it looked as if Kumon would fit the bill. There were no local centres at the time, so I opened one. Kumon worked well for her – she managed to obtain a scholarship to a local independent school and kept up with the other students, many of whom had attended local prep schools. She studied maths at Oxford University and now has a job in the city.
As I was a Kumon parent, I understand the joys and frustrations that this can bring. It can be hard trying to encourage your child to work daily, balance all the activities and maintain a positive environment, but I know the benefits perseverance will bring.
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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.