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My name is Anne Prior and I have been the Instructor of the Kumon Carrick-on-Shannon Study Centre since November 2012. I originally came across the Kumon programmes as a parent and thought it appeared to be a great opportunity for my own two children. I believe that the self-learning skills and confidence in their abilities it promotes will be of great benefit to them, not only in their school life but beyond.
My children started in one subject each and I was delighted with their progress. The only drawback was that the centre was an hour’s drive from home, so I decided to train as an Instructor myself.
I am delighted that I chose to be a Kumon Instructor. I have my own business, which brings many challenges at times, but I enjoy the planning and decision making, as well as the satisfaction of the growth and successes we have achieved.
I am pleased to say that along with my own two children, the first student to start with me still attends. As both a Kumon parent and Instructor, I have a very good insight into the challenges but more importantly, into the benefits the Kumon programmes offer our students.
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.
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.
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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