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Hello, my name is Joanne Williams and I am the Instructor at the Swansea, Morriston Study Centre.
In June 2015, I started working as a Senior Class Assistant at my local Kumon centre, alongside my university studies, and very quickly recognised the benefits that Kumon had to offer, to children of all ages and abilities. After graduating in July 2016, with a first-class MEng honours degree in Medical Engineering, I knew that the time was right for me to pursue my career with Kumon.
My background shows that I have a particular interest in maths and this is where my strengths lie, however I recognise how important it is for children to have strong work skills in both maths and English. My time as a Senior Class Assistant gave me an opportunity to further my own knowledge of how children learn, as well as sharpened my academic skills within both the maths and English programmes.
I enjoy working with and nurturing students of all ages and abilities, guiding them through the Kumon programmes and watching them develop academically as well as becoming confident, independent learners.
I very much look forward to meeting you and helping your child develop.
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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