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Hello, my name is Karen McAdie and I am the Instructor at the Lenzie and kirkintilloch Study Centre. I have always been passionate about children’s education and most of my career has been dedicated to this cause.
I have been a Kumon Instructor for over 15 years, and before Kumon I was a learning support teacher at both local primary and secondary schools.
I first became interested in Kumon after enrolling two of my children, who at that time were struggling at school. They seemed to thrive and quickly improved both in terms of self-confidence and school performance - I was delighted with the results! This inspired me to become more involved with Kumon and when a vacancy for a Class Assistant position became available I jumped at the chance.
The Class Assistant role gave me the opportunity to fully understand the programme and I loved seeing that “light-bulb” moment when a child who had previously struggled with a subject finally got it.
Two years later I was running my own centre!
Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more, I would love to hear from you.
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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