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The centre is conveniently located at St James Church Hall and provides the Kumon Maths and English Programmes to students of all ages and abilities.
Students attend the study centre once or twice a week and are in class for around 20-30 minutes for each subject studied. As well as the Instructor, there are trained class assistants at the centre to support students with their learning. There is also an activity area where students may complete maths and English challenges whilst their work is being marked.
Staff at the Portsmouth, Southsea Study Centre ensure the centre has a caring and encouraging atmosphere, where everyone feels valued and supported.
Through daily study, both at the study centre and independently at home, Kumon goes further than traditional methods of tuition by ensuring students maintain a level of development every day.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
My name is Imogen Dobbs and I am the Instructor at the Portsmouth, Southsea Study Centre. I have worked as a primary teacher for over 12 years. Throughout my career, I have taught in various schools in London and the South Coast, as well as prominent international schools in Vietnam, Taiwan and Egypt. Seeing children develop, progress and grow in confidence has given me such a great sense of job satisfaction.
I learnt about Kumon when I was teaching in Vietnam. A lot of the children I taught there were very confident in their calculation skills and most were able to solve maths problems far beyond their expected year group level. Upon investigation, I found many of them were studying the Kumon Maths Programme.
What I like about Kumon is that it gives children plenty of opportunity to effectively practise and embed their learning, before moving on to harder work. Kumon enables children to work at their own pace, independently and at their own level, which in turn develops their concentration skills and confidence.
Students get the satisfaction of completing something and receiving instant feedback - factors which I believe are extremely important for improving their learning and motivation.
A child’s education is vitally important; it gives them opportunities and choices which enable them to live their life to the full and realise their unlimited potential.
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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.
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