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The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
The Sherwood Study Centre opened in 2008 and is run from the Sherwood Methodist Church Hall.
Students are invited to attend a maximum of two sessions per week where they are supported with their studies by a team of assistants. The assistants are all studying locally either for A levels or university courses. They possess a variety of areas of expertise including A levels in maths and English.
We aim to develop students’ study skills and encourage a ‘have a go’ policy which engenders independence and confidence in learning and translates to other areas of the young people’s studies beyond the subjects studied at Kumon.
The centre welcomes any age of young person. Our younger members are supported in a dedicated area where more interaction with the assistants takes place and where we develop independent study skills before they move to the main class.
The centre also offers a dedicated area for students who find independent study and self-motivation more challenging. We have an assistant available to help maintain focus and deal with individual questions promptly.
Overall the centre offers a studious and respectful environment which enables a relaxed and supportive atmosphere to prevail.
My name is Liz Owen, I took over the Sherwood Study Centre in 2017.
I was first introduced to Kumon when my daughter secured a job as an Assistant at the centre. She subsequently moved away to university and my other daughter took over the role. My son has recently started on the maths programme, and I am already seeing his confidence grow.
I have worked as a Chartered Accountant for over thirty years, successfully combining a professional career with the demands of family life and enjoyed many years of interaction with young people through my involvement in various school activities. Kumon has allowed me to pursue a new challenge in an area I am passionate about – the education of young people.
I aim to encourage our young people to achieve to the best of their abilities so that they can move on to the next chapter in their lives, equipped to make the most of the opportunities available to them.
I seek to create a relaxed but studious environment where the children know there is always help available and that mistakes are OK. We all make them, and by correcting them we learn, and continue to learn even as adults.
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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.
They don't. A Kumon student progresses based on their current ability and not their age, although we believe that every child has unlimited potential and can ultimately tackle advanced work through well-paced and individualised instruction. We have children of similar ages studying different material and children of different ages studying the same material. Everything is dependent on the student's needs, not on how old they are.
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.
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.
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