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The centre was opened in 1996 and is a thriving and important part of the local community. Students of a wide range of abilities, from in and around Knutsford, attend the study centre. There are currently students at the centre aged from three years old in preschool, to 17 year olds currently doing their A levels.
The study centre offers a welcoming, motivational environment and operates on a drop-in basis so students can attend at a time to suit parents and the students, up to twice a week. Each session lasts approximately 30-40 minutes.
There are a team of trained assistants who help ensure class runs smoothly and efficiently. All newly enrolled Kumon students will work initially on a one-to-one basis with an assistant who will help them develop their study skills sufficiently so they can go on to work independently in class.
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.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Hello, I am Sue Sharples and I have been a Kumon Instructor at the Knutsford Study Centre since 1996.
During that time, my commitment and belief in the Kumon Method has continued and strengthened as I have seen students developing their full potential and succeeding in school.
My role is very varied as I help less confident students develop skills they need to blossom at school; help average students to become high achievers and stretch high achievers to reach their full potential. It is with great pleasure that I can help each and every child.
I originally became involved with Kumon having read an article about the programmes and immediately arranged to go and visit a local study centre to get first-hand experience of how Kumon could benefit the students. Well, I was hooked! How could something apparently so simple be so effective?
It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and I am continually motivated in pursing the goals of my students by being involved in their progress. It is very thrilling and exciting to be a part of a young person’s development, helping them to reach their goals.
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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.