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My name is Minal Patel and I have been a Kumon Instructor since 2011.
I am a Certified Accountant and worked in the profession for 16 years. I came across Kumon when my daughter began her Kumon journey in 2011 at the age of four. I found the programme extremely interesting in the way that it assists children to develop a good solid foundation. Having seen the benefits of Kumon first-hand, I was motivated to take on the commitment of running a local centre and I have never turned back!
My daughter started off with the maths programme initially. However, I soon realised that the English programme provides a different skill set and that together, the programmes complement each other to develop a well-rounded individual.
Over the years, I have witnessed great success stories from children of all ages who may have needed right guidance to find their potential. Our students have gone on to succeed in their scholastic education and have gained greater confidence in and outside of school.
I have a passion for learning and being a Kumon Instructor has provided me with an opportunity to help children to become independent and disciplined learners. Being an Instructor is a challenging but rewarding experience.
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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