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My name is Ann House and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Sandhurst Study Centre. I graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Engineering before entering the teaching profession. With over 30 years’ experience in the education sector I have enjoyed a number of roles, including teaching and examining A level Maths and GCSE Physics, writing entrance exams and contributing to the BBC Bitesize website answering questions for students using the site's help facility.
Through my experience of private tuition, I became aware that many children did not have a secure knowledge of the fundamentals of maths and English before entering secondary school and this affected their progress in and enjoyment of these subjects. I opened the study centre to address this for my own children and others in the locality where I live.
I have been a Kumon instructor for over 19 years, and I have a vast experience of helping hundreds of children to reach their maximum potential with the Kumon maths and English Programmes. I love my role and aim to make the centre as welcoming as possible to everyone.
I like to keep in regular contact with parents/carers to keep them informed of their child’s progress, as this partnership is essential.
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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