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My name is Folasade Alasi and I took over the role of Instructor here at the Upminster Study Centre in January 2011.
I heard about Kumon from a friend who had enrolled her children in the maths programme. She spoke constantly about how well they were doing in school. I researched the programme and was very impressed with the structure it provided. I also observed that I did not have a local centre at the time so I applied to set one up.
With the demands of two young boys and an ardent desire to provide them with very good education, Kumon provided the structure and flexibility I needed. I started my centre with my two boys and saw it grow significantly within the first few years.
I have seen many newly registered students walk into the centre disorganised and completely lacking in confidence. I watch the same child a few months later walking around with their head held high and prepared to take on the world! The main change is in what they now believe they can do because they have experienced a positive change. I find this intensely fulfilling.
I have a deep passion for education and a keen desire to help children succeed - not simply academically but in everything they do.
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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