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My name is Louise Ogelman and I am the Instructor at the Tring Study Centre. I spoke to some friends who were concerned about how well their children were doing at school. They were discussing the Kumon programmes. I did not know anything about the programmes at the time. My son was six. I looked into the programmes and felt that he would benefit from Kumon as I wanted to ensure that he had a good solid base in maths.
I enrolled him at the Tring Study Centre with the previous Instructor and immediately saw the benefits that Kumon had to offer, particularly in the area of independent learning. When the previous instructor decided to retire, I was eager to ensure that the centre did not close and investigated the possibility of running it myself. After training, I took over in June 2009. The centre has grown well since then. My son has grown from strength to strength and is working well above his school year.
I am impressed with the way that Kumon can help students of all abilities – it is very rewarding to see the shy, struggling student become so much more confident after a few months of Kumon study.
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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