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Hi, my name is Padraig Quinlan and I have been running the Dundrum study centre since January 2012.
I have an engineering degree and 20 years' experience in industry. Delivering training courses was a key part of my work from which I derived great satisfaction. I considered teaching as a career when leaving school, so my Kumon vocation has enabled me to go down the education path later in life.
What I love about Kumon is that I can work individually with all of my students, because every student follows their own, unique path, it facilitates all children and encourages a positive, 'can-do' attitude to study. There are plenty of students coming to my centre who are doing fine at school, but their parents just want to make sure that they stay strong at the two subjects that lie at the core of education: maths and English.
I continually receive feedback from parents about the benefits of Kumon. One of the most frequent comments is that it has restored the self-confidence of children who for a variety of reasons have fallen behind at school. The Kumon programmes don't just focus on academic skills, but also on correct posture, focus and independence, and parents are often just as pleased with these aspects as the academic side.
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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