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My name is Alagu Chidambaram. I was a Kumon parent before becoming an Instructor, as my daughter started doing Kumon when she was two years and nine months old and today, she has become an independent self-learner, with a passion for learning and growing.
As a Kumon parent, I have found that the most important tool in enabling students to achieve their best is to provide relevant and genuine praise for good work. It is very impressive to see how confident they become.
My main goal is to develop in every student the love and passion for learning and knowledge. I make sure I see every student before they leave the class. This gives me an opportunity to appreciate every student for doing good work and also a chance to talk about their goals and areas that they need to focus on. This also allows the student to raise any concerns they have and also for them to share their joy of having overcome their challenges.
Through running my centre, I have seen how much children can improve in their studies. It is very impressive to see their progress when they begin to show commitment towards their work.
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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