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The Hedge End Kumon Study Centre offers maths and English programmes for students of all ages and abilities.
As well as having daily work to complete at home, students attend classes each week at a time slot agreed at enrolment. Students are encouraged to work independently from the outset although the Instructor and assistants are on hand to observe and guide them through the programmes and to give regular feedback.
Good communication between home and the study centre is very important and whilst this is not possible during sessions, a message book is available for parents to request a meeting with or phone call from the Instructor.
When students have completed their work they can visit the book corner while they wait for their sheets to be marked. For younger students there is also the opportunity to take the number board challenge in order to improve their number recognition, sequencing and motor skills.
Hello, my name is Jane Corcoran and I am the Instructor at the Hedge End Study Centre.
I started my career as an Accountant, working both for medium-sized companies as well as smaller local businesses. I have two sons and when they started school I went back to university to retrain as a primary school teacher. I taught in a number of different schools in the Winchester area for 10 years; I worked mainly in key stage 2 classes but have taught every age group from reception to year six.
I have a particular interest in maths but recognise how important it is for children to have strong skills in both maths and English. My role as a Kumon Instructor allows me to combine all the skills and experiences from my accountancy and teaching careers.
My aim is to provide a calm, quiet working environment at my centre where children feel confident to learn and develop study skills for life. I enjoy working with students of all ages, guiding them through the maths and English programmes, and watching them develop academically as well as becoming confident, independent learners.
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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.