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'The ability to learn is not fixed. It can change with effort.' Angela Lee Duckworth
My name is Tayo Agboola. I am the Instructor at the Peterborough Hampton Study Centre. I qualified as an architect and worked many years before re-training as an educator (when I became a mother). I worked in this capacity for over fifteen years in schools and higher education across London, Lincolnshire, and Cambridgeshire.
Coming from a family of educators, it was important to me that my sons developed the habit and love of learning early; so, their first toys were books and we were off to Kumon as soon as they could count!
I am fortunate to experience the Kumon programme from the perspective of a parent and an Instructor. Helping a child start to learn, understand a piece of work, master the piece of work, then confidently tackle other work on their own is incredibly gratifying.
The skills I have watched children develop from Kumon surpasses just the academic. Skills such as concentration, time management, problem solving, and discipline – are transferable to many other areas of life.
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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