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Hello, my name is Sonali Patankar. I am delighted to introduce myself as the Instructor at the Slough West Study Centre.
I do feel that the experience of being a Kumon parent as well as a Kumon Instructor has given me unique insights. My role as an Instructor is to guide and motivate students through the programme, and to set goals and targets together so that the children take some ownership of their own learning. Progress is always celebrated and certificates are awarded when children pass each level.
I am lucky to be supported by a team of bright, motivated assistants and consider them to be a great asset to the centre, helping ensure that support and encouragement are always at hand for our students.
Every day, my students continue to amaze me with their accomplishments which are far beyond what is expected for their age. I am filled with pride each time I see a child who started off at my centre lacking in self-confidence and esteem blossom over the months into a child who shows exceptional progress in maths and English, confidence in their ability and a willingness to keep trying out something new and challenging.
I look forward to welcoming your child to the centre and being a vital part of their Kumon journey.
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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