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I started the Yarm Study Centre in February 2010 and have never looked back! The centre is now flourishing with many enthusiastic Kumon students and I love seeing the students' progress not only academically, but seeing their confidence come on in leaps and bounds.
My professional background is actually in chemical and process engineering where I graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2007 with a masters qualification. I then worked as an engineer in the chemical and process industries for a number of years but quickly found that I wanted to pursue a profession in which I motivated and helped people directly as opposed to the corporate world of work.
Kumon provided a perfect blend between helping students with their education and my lifelong ambition of running my own business.
Helping children with their core skills in both English and maths is something I hold very close to my heart and something which I believe is essential in today's competitive academic and professional environments. Life is all about learning and it doesn't stop at school. I look forward to seeing you soon at the Yarm Study Centre.
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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