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My name is Yvonne Dillon-O’Rourke and I have been the Instructor at the Kumon Clonmel Study Centre since September 2014.
I am both a qualified teacher in Accountancy and Mathematics, as well as a Chartered Certified Accountant. I began my teaching journey teaching in Lesotho, in Southern Africa and subsequently worked as a secondary school teacher and accounting technician lecturer here in Ireland. I found that I not only love working with young people, but I am also very good at helping them learn.
I heard about Kumon through a friend and when I researched the Kumon programmes I loved them and really wanted my own children to benefit from them. Now I see first-hand the benefits Kumon has to offer with my own children.
As a Kumon Instructor, I get real satisfaction out of seeing my students grow in confidence and I am driven by the opportunity to help my students in their journey to achieve their full potential and become eager and independent learners.
I look forward to working with both parents and students to help make this goal a reality.
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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