The Role of Kumon Instructors

Introduction

At Kumon we are dedicated to fully pursuing the potential of each individual student. Kumon Instructors provide just enough guidance for their students to be able to do the exercises on their own. As a result, our students learn that they can do anything if they try, build self-esteem, and develop the ability to take on new challenges for themselves.

Guiding students to find the answers on their own, letting them experience the sense of satisfaction

Kumon advocates self-learning and is a learning method that guides students to find the answers on their own. Nonetheless, there are times when students encounter problems that they don't understand or are unable to solve on their own.

At times like these, Kumon Instructors do not immediately give students the answers to problems. Rather, our Instructors find out how much the students understand before giving them hints. Instructors may also show students example problems or previously studied material to help them solve difficult problems on their own.

Kumon Instructors do not spoon-feed students problem-solving methods. Instead, Instructors focus on guiding students to complete exercises on their own so that they enjoy a sense of achievement and are able to master new material independently.

At Enrollment

Deciding a starting point and setting up a study projection
The Diagnostic Test

Based on students’ previous results, on completed worksheets and on observing the way students study, Instructors carefully consider each day’s study session and provide students with worksheets that will enable them to study and advance independently. When instructing students who have just advanced to a new learning focus, or students who are not advancing as quickly as they had been, Instructors will talk with them before they begin studying and advise them about how to study or about the learning focus for the day.

Instructing students Before study

Allocating worksheets
The “just-right” level of study

Based on students’ previous results, on completed worksheets and on observing the way students study, Instructors carefully consider each day’s study session and provide students with worksheets that will enable them to study and advance independently. When instructing students who have just advanced to a new learning focus, or students who are not advancing as quickly as they had been, Instructors will talk with them before they begin studying and advise them about how to study or about the learning focus for the day.

During study

Observing students and guiding them to do the worksheets on their own
Helping students to self-learn

Instructors observe students as they do the worksheets and give hints and advice only when necessary. Then, when students complete the worksheets, Instructors grade them. If there are any errors on the worksheets, Instructors avoid giving the students the answers right away. Instead, they give students hints so that they realize on their own what parts are incorrect and the reasons why.

After study

Recognition, praise and encouragement
Communicating with students

After study is complete, Instructors check students’ results, and praise and encourage them to increase their motivation to learn. Then, Instructors give students worksheets to be done at home, together with advice on how to approach them.

Analysis and Adjustment

Analyzing the way students are advancing
Optimizing the study plan to make it more suitable for each student

Instructors use record sheets to record students’ progress, consider the best way to have students advance, and optimize the study plan. The study projection that was made at the time of enrollment is examined periodically and, if necessary, the study projection and the way instruction is carried out are adjusted accordingly.

Communication with Parents

Developing students’ ability with the help of parents and guardians
Reporting on students’ learning situation

The support of parents and guardians is essential in order to successfully maximize students’ ability. Instructors talk with parents and guardians on a daily basis about the way students study at home and the content that they are currently studying. Instructors also discuss the future study plan with parents and guardians in a way that is easy to understand so that mutual understanding is achieved. Then, they work together to increase students’ potential and develop their ability to the maximum.

Through constantly analyzing and adjusting the way they instruct students,

Kumon Instructors help develop every student’s ability to the maximum.

Research activities

Searching for ways to improve instruction
Studying the worksheets and honing instruction skills

Instructors search for ways to further improve their instruction on a daily basis so they are always able to select the worksheets that are the most appropriate and that promote enthusiastic learning. Instructors attend training sessions and work hard to further improve their instruction skills. Instructors also attend conferences at national, regional and international levels so they can learn new skills from their peers.