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Welcome to the Kumon Marlborough Study Centre.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
There are currently five class assistants at the centre, who know the Kumon programmes themselves either as parents of children enrolled in the programme or as students who have benefited from studying the Kumon programmes. They bring with them a range of important skills and knowledge of the programme to support the students’ development.
There is a range of books at the centre that students can read to complement their worksheet study. The centre also has the facilities to cater to younger students and the assistants help nurture their study and independent learning skills within the centre.
Similar to other tuition providers the Kumon programmes focus on essential academic skills, but we go one step further by developing a child’s independent study skills, needed for school, university, employment and other aspects of adult life.
My name is April Nobes and I have been the Instructor at the Marlborough study centre since 2013.
I was motivated to become a Kumon instructor after enrolling my son and experiencing the benefits of his participation in the maths programme. He was very pleased to be one of the few students in his year 9 maths class who felt confident and could perform mental maths without sweating.
After becoming an instructor, I studied the maths worksheets both to improve my maths and to experience the programme first hand. I know what 30 minutes of study each day feels like in practise, what new topics look like from the perspective of a beginner, and how satisfying it is to understand and be able to work with numbers in new ways.
I love working hard to tailor the programme to meet each student’s needs and abilities and I derive satisfaction from making the programme work for each individual family. I believe that the programme works if students and parents apply and commit themselves to it.
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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.
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 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.
Both, and every child in between. This is because of our individualised approach to education, which always asks the question: "What is best for this individual child?" Following a diagnostic test, a study plan is set to develop the ability of the child and to progress them beyond the Kumon International Standard (an international approximation of their school level) regardless of their starting point. Kumon welcomes students with special educational needs, gifted and talented children, and all those who believe they can achieve more and fulfil their potential.
Please click here to download a brochure with more details about your child studying with Kumon.