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Hello, my name is Graham Merrick and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Wolverhampton West Study Centre. The study centre has been opened since 1994 and I took over in 2014.
After working in the education sector for a number of years, I qualified with a first-class Honours degree in Key Stage 2 and 3 Education from Newman University in 2014. I have taught across all ages and subjects from primary school to GCSE level.
I was first introduced to Kumon in 2013 and on my visit to a study centre I was instantly struck by how independent, conscientious and hard-working the pupils were. I was also impressed by how far advanced many of the children were working with their maths and English. Needless to say, I looked further into becoming an Instructor and have since enrolled my own children at Kumon!
Instructing students is the most rewarding part of my role. Watching a student learn something for the first time by themselves is just as rewarding for me as it is for the child. Each worksheet has been carefully handpicked for the student and there is always something specific that we are trying to achieve at each class. Knowing that we have made a positive difference in so many students’ lives makes me extremely proud.
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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