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Supporting children to learn to the best of their ability is something that can prove to be a challenge. School teaching offers some of the material and assistance children need to learn and achieve in their studies but this is only part of the whole picture. Home study is obviously important as part of the path to knowledge, but without the right kind of support and skills children aren’t able to get as much out of their homework as their teachers – and you – might hope.
The Kumon Study Centre in Ealing West gives a different approach to enable your children to grow both in terms of their knowledge as well as their skills in self-motivation and personal study. With these extra skills, the sky’s the limit for what they can get from their school experience.
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Classroom teaching is the mainstay of education and with good reason. There are few better and more efficient ways to bring knowledge to large numbers of children and the methods for teaching in this way have been tried, tested and refined over generations. However, teachers don’t have the opportunity to spend time with individual pupils to bring out their full potential. It’s a simple factor of numbers. If you have a large number of children, the time spent with each individual is going to be necessarily limited.
After-school tuition and study gives the chance for the learning experience to be tailored much more to the individual child’s needs, but with the generational changes in learning methods and subject matter, helping your child with their homework isn’t always the best option for them getting the most out of their home study.
One-on-one tuition and small group teaching can provide an excellent supplement to school teaching and help children develop the skills they don’t have chance to grow at school. Building confidence and motivation comes through consistent achievement and positive reinforcement – something that schools aren’t geared up to provide on an individual level. Tuition can set smaller, achievable targets for children to work towards and reward success throughout the process.
The Kumon Method
Established by a Japanese schoolteacher in the 1950s, the Kumon method is a technique to focus on individuals rather than whole classes and allows students to progress at their own pace. Rather than classroom teaching to a syllabus, the Kumon curriculum focuses on individual mastery in a step-wise manner. Children work on one level until they are able to complete the tasks required at a high level of accuracy within a set time. Once that has been achieved, and only then, the student moves on to the next level.
Unlike in school teaching, where there is a requirement to cover all the material in the syllabus for all of the class during the course of a lesson or series of lessons, children in a Kumon centre do not move on to the next topic until they have fully grasped what they are being asked to learn at their existing stage. If one child does in two weeks what another can achieve in two days, there is no pressure on either child to either slow down to the pace of the learner who needs more time nor skip over things to keep up with the rest of the class.
By emphasising individual achievement, children at the Kumon centre gain a feeling of confidence in their own abilities. This, along with the skills to get through work in a set timescale with a clear focus on accuracy, helps them back in the classroom too. Private tuition in Maths has proven historically to substantially raise ability, confidence and grades.
Supporting your child to learn at a pace that suits them and build skills that enable them to study independently will stand them in good stead to gain more from their school lessons.
The feeling of achievement they get from consistent positive feedback also boosts their confidence, making study at the Ealing Study Centre rewarding both personally and academically.
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