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Hello. I’m Christine, the Instructor at the Kumon St Andrews Study Centre.
On completion of my teacher training, I took the opportunity to work as an English Language Assistant in Mannheim, Germany, for a year. I spent a further ten years in Germany working with Kindergarten – Grade six students in American Department of Defense elementary schools. After returning to the UK, I taught children from year 1 to year 7for over 20 years before deciding to become a Kumon Instructor.
I believe that the Kumon Maths and English Programmes are well-structured, as each concept builds on the previous one, thus providing the solid foundation needed for academic success.
I believe that among the many benefits of studying each day are developing memory skills, reinforcing prior learning and the opportunity to learn from mistakes.
I’ve always enjoyed working with children and over the years have had many opportunities to see them grow and develop.
I realised then that, as a Kumon Instructor, I could make a difference to more children; treating each student as an individual, tailoring work to suit each student and helping them to achieve their potential.
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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