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My name is Eamonn Pollard and I am the Instructor at the Waterford study centre.
Before I became a Kumon Instructor, I worked as a primary school teacher for over 30 years, in nearby Tramore. Throughout that time, I constantly sought ways to improve my methods of teaching maths and English, and to help my students advance.
Upon my retirement, I began working as a private tutor, but soon felt that tutoring was only a short-term fix. I then found out about the Kumon Method of Learning, which gives each child the opportunity to fulfil their own potential through self–learning, which tutoring cannot, and I felt this was the perfect fit for me.
Now I have opened my own study centre, I know Kumon is exactly what I was looking for. It provides students with the training they need to progress to a level of analytical thinking they will be able to use in all subjects and even beyond school, and at the same time allows the child to progress at their own pace.
The most rewarding part of working in education is watching your pupils succeed. I have been lucky enough to experience this in my career as a teacher, and now as an Instructor.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your child in this rewarding endeavour.
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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