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Hello, my name is Kelly Skinner and I am the Instructor of the Kumon Whitley Bay Study Centre.
In 1996, I graduated from the University of Sunderland with a degree in teaching and have been teaching in a primary school for 18 years. I have worked with students of all ages and abilities and have taught all curriculum subjects.
I decided to become a Kumon Instructor after seeing the huge difference that the Kumon programmes have made to my daughter. The maths programme has helped boost her confidence and develop the right study skills to help her tackle challenges with independence. She loves being able to work out calculations by herself, giving her a great sense of achievement.
Many of the students that I have worked with have lacked confidence and struggled at school and I have found it really motivating to see these children improving and achieving in their studies as a result of their hard work. I look forward to the students sharing their school success stories with me and to see how proud they are of their own achievements.
I look forward to welcoming families into the centre and setting the children off on their Kumon journeys!
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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