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When I enrol a new Kumon student, I am still as enthusiastic today as I was in 1992 when I first began.
Before Kumon, I was a fully qualified architect for 13 years. I decided to make a career change and complete a post graduate degree in Primary Teaching at Jordanhill College. In 1991, Kumon UK was established and I became the first Kumon Instructor in Scotland.
My first four Kumon students were my own children. I remember sitting at the breakfast table simultaneously marking all four sets of maths worksheets before they went off happily to school. My wife and I feel that they have all benefitted greatly from starting Kumon at an early age.
I have had over 2,000 Kumon students study at the Newton Mearns Study Centre. All of my students have subsequently told me how much Kumon helped them. Now I find that many of those original Kumon students have grown up and have children of their own who have started to learn through the Kumon Method.
The wonderful thing about Kumon is that I feel I too am still learning through the Kumon Method. I study my Kumon worksheets daily in order to help my students on very advanced levels of maths and English.
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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