Tutoring may not get to the root of the problem.
- When a child needs help with math or reading, tutoring often focuses on addressing an immediate need, such as “help with fractions, algebra or 4th grade spelling.”
- The Kumon Method, on the other hand, recognizes that a child’s struggle likely stems from having missed earlier, fundamental learning.
- This may mean taking your child back at first, to ensure this important learning is mastered, before moving forward.
- If the missed fundamentals aren’t mastered, it leaves the door open to more struggles in the future—and more tutors.
Kumon identifies where your child’s learning started to fall behind, while a tutor may not.
- To first fix the root of your child’s struggles, the starting point needs to be correct. So while a tutor may begin tutoring a fifth grader on fifth-grade material, Kumon may start them at a different level.
- Instead, your child will complete an assessment test to measure mastery to date, identify gaps in learning and pinpoint the best individualized starting point for your child.
- This may be at a level below your expectations, but it’s critical that those gaps be filled first, so your child can better master more advanced concepts as he or she progresses through the Kumon Program.
Tutoring is passive learning. Kumon teaches self-learning.
- One of the most important differences between the Kumon Method and math or reading tutor is the concept of self-learning.
- A tutor often sits with a child and explains how to solve a problem. This makes the child a “passive learner,” listening to an explanation with no guarantee that the concept has been fully grasped. This is why struggles often resurface.
- Conversely, self-learning in Kumon keeps your children actively engaged. They learn by studying examples and then are able to do the work on their own. They’re learning by doing, not by watching, and they’re relying on themselves instead of on what the tutor knows.
Tutoring ends when a child catches up. Kumon keeps them advancing.
- A math or reading tutor typically helps children with the material they’re being taught in the current grade. Once they start performing a bit better, the tutoring usually ends.
- Why not keep your child advancing? In Kumon, learning doesn’t have to stop because the current test scores improve. And learning isn’t limited by age or grade.
- Children, no matter their age, can advance to the highest levels all the way through high school calculus and Shakespeare. That’s why many Kumon children who started a bit behind not only catch up but advance to studying material several years ahead of their grade level.
Kumon is an ongoing learning enrichment program, not a tutoring center.
- Parents often choose tutoring in the hopes of quickly eliminating a child’s need for math or reading help. But a short-term fix doesn’t address the fundamental gaps in learning.
- The Kumon Method ensures children master every building block of learning through a proven method of short, daily assignments known as the Kumon Worksheets.
- The assignments take approximately 30 minutes per subject per day, two days a week at the Kumon Center and the other days at home. Each worksheet ensures a concept is mastered before moving on to the next incrementally more challenging worksheet.
- It may take longer to see results, but this little bit of study every day and ongoing mastery is how Kumon kids succeed.
- Over time, you not only eliminate homework struggles, you also help your child build a foundation of knowledge, independence and confidence that will last a lifetime.