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A love of working with children led Shilpa to become a Kumon franchisee

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With two years’ experience, Shilpa Shetty is the franchisee of Kumon Upper Coomera Education Centre on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Shilpa opened Kumon Upper Coomera as a brand-new centre. Initially, she was searching for a Kumon centre for her son to attend, however, there were none in her area. This motivated her to take the next step.

The Kumon Brisbane office was also looking for a franchisee to open a centre in Upper Coomera and having been selected as the successful applicant, the rest is history.

“It occurred to me that, ‘Why shouldn’t I do this?’” Shilpa says. “I love working with kids.”

Shilpa says it is a highly rewarding role being a Kumon franchisee. It taps into her passion for working with children and nurturing their academic abilities.

“The main thing that motivates me is to help as many children as I can to think for themselves through self-learning,” Shilpa says. “With self-learning, children can attempt anything that’s challenging, whether it be in school or in life, without being scared to attempt it.”

It is through Shilpa’s hard work and ongoing communication with students and parents that she is now seeing the fruits of her efforts.

She offers the following advice for those considering becoming a franchisee.

“I think the most important thing is communication. As a franchisee, make sure you communicate with your customers not only when your students enrol, but throughout the child’s entire journey,” Shilpa says.

She says she also received great support from Kumon Brisbane while establishing her new business.

“I’m a year and a half into it, but I still have a lot of support from my Field Development Consultant and the Kumon branch office,” Shilpa says. “They’re constantly supporting and really do assist every step of the way, as much as they possibly can.”

Kumon is looking for franchisees open new or takeover existing Kumon centres in various locations across Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in one of our franchise opportunities, please register for an Information Meeting.

Four tips for finding the best Kumon study time for your family

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Daily worksheet study is essential for your child’s smooth progress in Kumon Mathematics and English. As a general rule, we recommend families set aside 30 minutes each day for Kumon study time. However, we know that families’ schedules are often tight with competing demands.

To assist you in finding time to ensure your child gets the daily study they need, below are some best practice tips you may like to consider.

1. Be consistent

Exactly when Kumon time should be is up to you as a parent, but we recommend that you aim for the same time each day. This will help you and your children settle into a routine, make it easier to remember when Kumon study time is, and allow you to make plans around this time.

Once your children have settled into this routine, they will be more likely to develop discipline and time management skills.

 

2. Schedule Kumon study time before other activities

Whether done in the morning or afternoon, Kumon study can act as a ‘mental warm-up’ before children take on other tasks such as music practice, sport or school homework. It also means children can study their Kumon worksheets before they become too tired to focus.

3. Include your children in the decision making

When you involve your children in the decision-making process, they will gain a sense of ownership which, together with your support, will help them to commit to their studies. As part of this process, you could create a Kumon study timetable which will be easy for all family members to see and refer to.

 

4. Try to make yourself available during Kumon study time

Kumon is a partnership between your child, their Kumon Instructor and you as a parent. Being available to monitor your child’s study can support your child to focus and make progress, especially early on in their programme. We understand this may not be possible 100 per cent of the time, but we and your children definitely appreciate the effort!

 For further tips on how to support your children’s study at home, speak with your centre to receive a copy of the Kumon Family Guidebook.

Kumon helps Kimberley in the 2021 Maths Olympiad and in life

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The Australian Maths Olympiad is challenging for any student. But Kimberley’s prior study of the Kumon Mathematics programme made this event far easier than it otherwise would have been.

Kimberley, in Year 8 at school, studies Kumon Mathematics five years ahead of her school grade. She is comfortably learning calculus with Kumon at the age of 13. Kimberley says this advanced study helped her greatly in her April 2021 Maths Olympiad experience.

“Kumon’s taught me quite a variety of useful techniques that can easily be applied to Maths Olympiad questions”, Kimberley says. “Especially the algebra related questions, I really enjoy solving those now. And, although Maths Olympiad questions are worded problems, the basics from Kumon are still there. If you know the basics, you can easily solve the questions.”

The Australian Maths Olympiad is a two-day Olympiad-level contest comprising of four questions each day and conducted under school supervision. Around 200 of the highest achieving students from across Australia and New Zealand are invited to participate each year.

Kimberley hopes to pursue a career in technology when she grows up, though she says this preference may change. Regardless, she believes numbers will always play an important role in her future.

“Mathematics is already a major part of society. We use it all the time, although some of us may not realise it”, Kimberley says. “I believe that the content I’m learning at Kumon will greatly benefit me later in life, because maths is and will forever remain an important part of my life, especially in my future career.”

Kimberley studies at Kumon Castle Hill Terminus Street Education Centre.  John, her father, says he enrolled Kimberley into Kumon to extend her academic abilities.

“Kimberley was bright and was getting bored at school”, John says. “We just felt that she needed that extension.”

John says Kumon has benefited his daughter tremendously, especially when she transitioned to high school.

“The transition to high school was so much easier, because she was confident in the fact that she knew the subject matter,” John says.

The Kumon Mathematics programme develops quick, precise calculation skills necessary for the study of high school mathematics. Please contact your nearest Kumon centre to learn more: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/

Kumon office support helped Ynna thrive through COVID’s disruptions

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Ynna McDonald is the franchisee of Kumon St Marys Education Centre in Sydney. She has 15 months’ experience in this role.

Ynna became a franchisee for two reasons: her passion for children’s learning and because the role provided her enough flexibility to manage family commitments.

Ynna took over Kumon St Marys from the previous franchisee just before COVID hit, meaning she was adjusting to her new role during a disruptive time. But the support she received from the Kumon office helped her navigate and thrive throughout change. This change included offering virtual classes, as students couldn’t come to the centre in person.

“We went to correspondence mode straight away. Everything changed with planning, everything changed with communication”, Ynna says. “But my FDC and the Branch Leader were great at always checking up on how things were going.”

“They were always trying to provide strategies if I was struggling with certain things. They helped me to make things more efficient.”

Students have now returned to in-person classes at Kumon St Marys. The centre is thriving. Ynna offers the following advice for those considering becoming a Kumon franchisee.

“If you have confidence in what you’re doing, then it will reflect in your business”, Ynna says. “You have to be prepared to dedicate extra time as a business owner, to do your job.”

“If you do become a franchisee, you will love it,” she continues. “If you are passionate about working with kids and having an influence on their education, it’s something that you could go for.”

Kumon is looking for franchisees to open new or takeover existing Kumon centres at various locations across Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in one of our franchise opportunities, please register for an Information Meeting. 

Anna participated in Kumon’s Free Trial. She went on to build mental calculation, confidence and a daily study habit

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Anna, now in Year 9, enrolled into Kumon after experiencing a Free Trial in 2016.

Anna studies Kumon Mathematics one year ahead of her school grade, indicating she has developed strong mental calculation skills. Paula, Anna’s mother, says there are many other ways that Kumon supported her daughter.

“Anna likes to achieve; I think she’s seen herself improve over time”, Paula says. “She gets a lot of satisfaction from Kumon. It’s not easy; she’s struggled sometimes. It’s given her a good sense of what she can do.”

Anna has also become a self-motivated learner with a daily study habit. She continued studying her worksheets during an overseas trip several years ago.

“I didn’t want to fall out of the habit of doing my Kumon Maths homework. I thought I might fall behind if I didn’t do it on the trip”, Anna says.

“My two cousins who were with me on the trip also do Kumon. We helped each other during the evenings when we had lots of spare time”.

Anna aspires to be a doctor or scientist when she grows up.

Please contact your nearest Kumon centre to register for our upcoming May Free Trial: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/

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Kumon Mathematics and English now open in Kelmscott, WA!

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Kumon is now open in Kelmscott, Perth, to support all children to develop their mathematics and English ability.

Kumon Kelmscott Education Centre is led by Instructor Kooi Duan Beh, an education professional with extensive international experience. Kooi has also worked as an assistant at Kumon Riverton Education Centre. This motivated her to open a centre in Kelmscott.

“When I was researching about opening a Kumon centre in Australia, I came to know Shaun from Kumon Riverton”, Kooi says. “Shaun shared all the benefits of what Kumon does for students and the advantages of becoming a franchisee.”

“I got to experience and see for myself what it takes to run a Kumon centre. It is a great joy to see students succeed in their study.”

Kooi says her centre will provide immense value for the local community through instruction of the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes.

“The focus for Kumon Kelmscott students will be to reach the goal of studying advanced mathematics and English material well in advance of what they are learning at school”, Kooi says. “Students will develop excellent calculation and reading comprehension ability.”

“They will be motivated to reach the goals we set together. Even when they feel challenged by the content of the worksheets, they will not want to give up but try on their own to solve the problem.”

Kumon Kelmscott is located at Kelmscott Hall, 60 River Road, Kelmscott WA 6111. Opening hours are 3:30pm to 6:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Parents are welcome to make an enquiry for Kumon Kelmscott via this link.

Three top tips for your child’s Kumon study space

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The bedroom, the living room, the study room; these are some of the spaces where children might go to knuckle down and complete their study. There are different approaches. The place your children study at home will vary, depending on factors such as age and how much parental guidance they need.

Kumon’s perspective is children should study in a place free from distractions and in an area that will become their regular study space. But how do parents set up the best Kumon study space for their children?

Below are three tips parents can follow.

 

 1. Choose a space with good lighting

Good lighting is particularly essential for your child’s study environment. We encourage parents to choose a space with enough natural or artificial lighting which allows your child to clearly see what is written on their worksheets. If your child studies in the evening, we recommend providing a desk lamp that can be easily positioned, or has adjustable brightness. Lighting that is too dim or too bright can quickly fatigue the eyes.

 

2. For pre-schoolers, provide a chair small enough for their feet to be on the floor

Ensuring that your pre-schooler’s feet are firmly on the floor is a simple and effective way to help maintain their concentration. Touching the ground stops little children swinging their legs and helps them maintain good posture. We recommend ensuring the desk and chair height match so their arms are comfortable.

 

3. Have a ready-to-use set of all study equipment

The Kumon space should have pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, and a digital clock so children can write their start time and finish time. We recommend providing a digital clock with no internet connectivity, otherwise this device could be a distraction.

For further tips on how to support your children’s study at home, speak with your centre for a copy of the Kumon Family Guidebook.

Experience Kumon English or Maths over two weeks during May 2021!

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With Kumon’s Free Trial, your child can experience our individualised Mathematics or English programme over two weeks, for free.

Find out how we can develop in your child:

  • calculation and reading ability
  • concentration
  • a daily study and reading habit
  • the confidence to learn independently.

Follow these four easy steps to register:

  1. Contact your local Kumon centre to register for an information session
  2. Have your child assessed for Kumon Mathematics or English and discuss a study plan
  3. Arrange for your child to study worksheets and attend classes over the two-week Free Trial period
  4. Meet with your Instructor to discuss your child’s Kumon experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across centres.
  • Places are limited and acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Participation in an information session is mandatory prior to your child participating in the Free Trial.
  • The Free Trial consists of worksheet study over two weeks during May.
  • Late registration may result in a shorter Free Trial.
  • Operating procedures at each centre will vary.
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Mathematics).
  • Offer not available at all centres.
  • There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial.
  • Kumon centres will always comply with COVID-19 advice and requirements from the Australian Chief Medical Officer, and the Chief Health Officer for their relevant state and territory. Physical distancing and health and safety practices are in place at all centres.

Please visit this link to find your nearest Kumon centre: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/

To learn more about how the Free Trial could benefit your family, please watch this video. 

To read about a current Kumon student who previously experienced a Free Trial, please visit: https://au.kumonglobal.com/free-trial-student-testimonial/

Kumon Mathematics and English now available, virtually, in Frankston, Victoria

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We are excited to support children in Frankston to develop mathematics and reading ability.

The Frankston Instructor is Marcia Libman, who has nearly a decade of education experience.  Marcia says any child can benefit from Kumon.

“I have seen hundreds of children who were able to not only became confident in their maths and reading through Kumon, but are now self-motivated, curious, confident risk takers”, Marcia says.

“I believe Kumon has a huge impact on these children’s lives, and that students and families living in Frankston and surrounding areas will benefit from the programme.”

To enrol into Kumon Frankston, and find out how virtual Kumon study works, please contact the centre directly: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/Centre/KUMON-FRANKSTON-VIC#info

Kumon is recruiting for franchisees. If you live in the Mornington Peninsula and are interested in franchise opportunities with Kumon, please visit our franchise website: https://www.kumoninstructors.com.au/Franchise

Kumon Mathematics prepares Marcus for high school

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Marcus, 13 years old, is already way ahead of his class as he can comfortably study Year 12 level mathematics material. Marcus is more than five years ahead of his school grade in the Kumon Mathematics programme.

This means Marcus, who is in Year 8, studies mathematical concepts such as differential equations and advanced integration. He says it feels really good to be so far ahead.

“It’s really one of my proudest achievements”, Marcus says. “It feels spectacular. It’s awesome because I’m able to take care of myself and can definitely handle the challenges I will face in the future.”

Marcus studies at Kumon Hurstville Education Centre. His mother Carol says she enrolled Marcus because Kumon was recommended to her by a family member. She says Kumon helped her son experience strong personal growth, along with strong calculation ability.

“Kumon really helped his development”, Carol says. “Every day Marcus does all the exercises, he goes through all the questions, all the example questions himself, and then he works it out. I feel that’s really important for becoming more independent in learning.”

“Now, he has very strong problem-solving skills. He’s not just solely relying on asking teachers to help every time when he experiences difficulty.”

Marcus also says Kumon helped him to have a strong transition from primary to high school.

“Kumon helped me adjust to my high school by preparing me for advanced levels of education. “This really helped me in my understanding of my Year 7 and 8 topics,” Marcus said. “It also helped me adjust by helping me with my organisational skills, like time management, responsibility, and efficiency.”

Marcus hopes to become a dentist when he grows up.

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