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HOW DOES KUMON’S INDIVIDUALISED LESSON PLANS WORK?
The Kumon Method emphasises on the importance of creating customised lesson plans tailored to each student’s unique learning style, pace and ability. To achieve this, a Kumon Instructor develops a personalised study plan that outlines the student’s progress through the program, detailing the number of daily worksheets to be completed, the specific worksheets to be assigned, the possibility of repeating exercises and an estimation of time required to complete each level. The study plan allows instructors to communicate these clear goals with students and parents.
Here are some of the factors that instructors take into consideration when creating and adjusting an individualised lesson plan for a student.
Prior to commencing their Kumon study, students will receive a complimentary evaluation test that assesses their current academic proficiency, as well as their concentration and focus, learning attitude, stamina and level of confidence. The results of this assessment aid the instructor in determining the student’s starting point in the Kumon Programme and expected progress throughout the programme.
2. Starting Point
New students commence their Kumon study at a level that suits their current abilities, allowing them to establish the habit of studying with concentration without feeling overwhelmed. The worksheets should be manageable and students should feel confident in their ability to complete the tasks independently. Furthermore, when students begin to make mistakes, they should have the skill to rectify their mistakes without external support.
The process of repetition provides students with the opportunity to practice and master concepts, paving the way for them to progress to more advanced coursework. The number of repetitions required by each student varies depending on their individual abilities, study methods and learning attitude. Kumon Instructors can assess whether a student would benefit from repetition by carefully monitoring and analysing their completed worksheets, allowing them to provide the most effective guidance for each student’s smooth learning experience.
4. Standard Completion Time (SCT)
Based on international statistics derived from students, the Standard Completion Time (SCT) has been determined for each set of worksheets. Kumon Instructors use this SCT as a benchmark to assess a student’s progress by comparing their completion time against the SCT. The SCT is a crucial metric utilised to determine whether a student requires further repetition to refine their skills or is prepared to proceed to the next concept or level of study.
5. Student’s Focus and Concentration
Kumon Instructors also pay close attention to a student’s ability to maintain concentration while working on assigned worksheets. The objective is for students to complete the worksheets without getting distracted or significantly slowing down. Other ways to gauge focus and concentration are noting whether they move to the next worksheet immediately after completing a page or whether they are writing their answers neatly in appropriate-sized lettering. As students advance to the higher levels, their completion times naturally increase as the worksheets increase in difficulty. The ability to concentrate for longer periods of time will be crucial to their success.
In summary, Kumon Instructors customise lesson plans for each student by taking various factors into account. They communicate with students to establish specific goals and a timeline to achieve them. In addition, independently studying at home is also vital for students to achieve their objectives and progress in their learning journey.