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The Southampton Study Centre was established in 1998.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Through daily study, both at the study centre and independently at home, Kumon goes further than traditional methods of tuition by ensuring students maintain a level of development every day.
There are three classroom assistants and three marking assistants together with the Instructor in the main classroom, as well as extra assistants who help the youngest students until they are able to work independently. Many of the long-term students, some of whom have been coming to the centre since they were in Year 1, end up helping in class as they understand the programme and are able to pass on their enthusiasm to those who are just getting started.
At the Southampton Study Centre, children from all over the world and all walks of life learn that from a daily discipline they can develop skills, understanding and motivation which makes the most incredible difference to their success at school and beyond.
After qualifying as a teacher, I taught at the sixth form college in Andover and was realised to find my talents were better suited to the classroom. When my children were born, I became involved in the running of my local toddler playgroups. In 1998, I opened the Southampton Study Centre and this has brought together my curiosity about how we learn and motivate ourselves.
I try to make the Kumon experience as pleasurable as possible. The children have a real sense of achievement and learn that what they find tricky today will become easy tomorrow. Progress is evident as the child works through the programme with Achievement Tests at the end of each level; children take them very much in their stride and certificates are awarded when they pass.
We also hold regular raffles for books, film vouchers and various Kumon prizes. The Advanced Student Roll recognises the high achievement of students working ahead of school level and we have a student of the month award. A large part of my job is motivation; helping the parents help their children to achieve the often unexpected. I always say to the children at enrolment that the real reward for their hard work is doing better at school and as soon as they see their improvement, they know it's true.
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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.
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 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.
Both, and every child in between. This is because of our individualised approach to education, which always asks the question: "What is best for this individual child?" Following a diagnostic test, a study plan is set to develop the ability of the child and to progress them beyond the Kumon International Standard (an international approximation of their school level) regardless of their starting point. Kumon welcomes students with special educational needs, gifted and talented children, and all those who believe they can achieve more and fulfil their potential.
Please click here to download a brochure with more details about your child studying with Kumon.