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Hello, my name is Misbah Sheikh and I have lived and worked in Merton since 1999. I am a mother of three, so I can understand a parent’s desire to get the best out of the education system and, as a parent, I chose Kumon to help my children.
I have been a Kumon parent for 11 years and I have seen how it has helped my children do well in their school SAT exams, stay in the top sets and pass their grammar school exams.
I have also worked in the education sector for 11 years, with the majority of my time in a local community primary school. I took over the Kumon Merton Park Study Centre in 2012 but my association with this centre has been for considerably longer. I was introduced to Merton Park in 2003 when my daughter started her classes there. As a parent, I was encouraged by the previous Instructor to become a senior classroom assistant, which is how I started my Kumon journey several years ago.
Becoming an Instructor has been the best professional decision of my life. I have a real mix of amazing children at the centre and I get a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing them developing with my input. I really enjoy every day with my students.
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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