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My name is Sangeeta Kumar and I am the Instructor at the Ipswich Central Study Centre. I have always been good at maths and completed higher-level maths as part of my engineering degree.
I always had the desire to get into teaching and taking over the Ipswich Central Study Centre in 2011 helped me fulfil that dream. Since then the number of Kumon students at the study centre has more than doubled. I now support over 150 students, studying both maths and English.
Along with me, there are six class assistants who provide support for the children. Some of my assistants are current Kumon students who have experience of the programmes and are well versed with the worksheets themselves.
My experience with Kumon started when my son joined the Kumon Maths Programme whilst in Year 4 at school. I saw how much of a difference the Kumon Method of Learning made to his maths ability as well as his confidence. He achieved A* in both maths and further maths in his GCSE examinations.
I have seen all my students flourish within the Kumon programmes, whether they had special needs, had difficulty with maths and English or were looking for a challenge.
Kumon is a self-learning programme with each student receiving 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, either in the centre or their online class, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
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.
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.
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.
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