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Hi, my name is Lola Ottun and I have been the Instructor at the Kumon Lower Sydenham Study Centre since February 2006. I strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to excel and fulfil their full potential.
Over the last 20 years I have combined my interest in the education system with raising my three children and training to become a qualified secondary maths teacher.
Over the last 15 years of running my centre I have seen the positive impact the Kumon programmes have had on the large number of students I have nurtured over the years.
With the support of my experienced assistants, I am afforded the opportunity to get to know each student and their parents by working with them to help each child to develop, not only in maths and English but also their study skills, concentration, motivation and confidence.
Seeing students succeed is the most rewarding part of my job, especially students who start at the centre with low confidence who go on to become independent, mature learners. I enjoy working with children of all ages and abilities and particularly like the fact that I can set each student's work individually so they can work at a pace that is best for them.
I would be delighted to welcome you to my centre.
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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