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My name is Debbie Ray and I have been the Instructor at the Southport Study Centre since 2003.
I was determined to give my children the best quality educational opportunities I could find, and so it was as a parent I had my first experience of Kumon. I enrolled my children onto the programmes in 1997 and witnessed their study skills develop and their confidence increase. I then began thinking about becoming an Instructor myself.
My job as an Instructor is to make sure every child at my centre is given individual attention, understands their goals and is working at the right level for their needs. I get immense satisfaction from watching my students develop and start to study beyond their school level. The best parts of my day are the many occasions when a student comes to tell me that they have moved up a set in school, or put their hand up in class for maybe the first time or completed a piece of work without asking for help.
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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