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My name is Niamh Herron and I opened the Clontarf Study Centre in December 2011.
I became interested in running a Kumon centre when I saw first-hand its benefits after my own children started studying Kumon. I was very impressed with the power and flexibility of the Kumon programmes and believe that every child, regardless of their age or ability, can advance their literacy and numeracy skills. It is just a matter of getting the right practice in place and working at the correct pace.
It is incredibly fulfilling to see some students change from being those who try to avoid what may be their weaker subject to those who love that subject and enjoy the feeling of being good at it.
I know that family life can be hectic at times, so it is fantastic to see the commitment given by my Kumon families to adhere to the daily study, marking and corrections and for them to realise the benefits gained by this discipline.
I have always had a passion for learning and love to see children do well not only academically but also in personality, through encouragement and support.
Being a Kumon Instructor affords me the privilege of working with children and with parents who are totally committed to improving their child's educational experience.
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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