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My name is Catherine Potter and I have been running the Sheffield South West Study Centre since it was established in 1996.
I have always wanted to teach and I was especially interested in mathematics. I enjoyed studying mathematics from an early age, being inspired by enthusiastic teachers who explained concepts clearly and who appreciated the importance of exposure to new, challenging material and independent study.
I studied mathematics at Sheffield University and was awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education before being appointed as a mathematics teacher in a local secondary school (11-18 years).
My position as a Kumon Instructor has enabled me to nurture students to build their confidence through self-learning with worksheets tailored to their ability.
I feel fortunate to be a Kumon Instructor, as it is a great honour to be trusted with a child’s potential which, if fully nurtured, paves the way for great opportunity and success.
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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