Student Testimonial Vol. 17
Vol. 17 Embracing and Overcoming Challenges
- Mathematics & English
- 3 years old
Haritha’s Kumon journey began when her parents, who speak Tamil at home, felt the need to give her a good foundation in English. After a few friends recommended Kumon, they decided to enrol Haritha.
Then a shy and quiet girl, Haritha stepped into the Kumon centre feeling nervous on her first day. With guidance from her Kumon Instructor, she gradually got used to the centre flow, from getting her folder to finding her seat and doing her work.
Four years have passed since then, and she has changed tremendously.
Her father shared, “back when Haritha was in Kindergarten, every time a new concept was taught in Kumon Mathematics, she would just sit there and not attempt the questions. She would wait for the Instructor to come and help her. Now, she will look at the examples and try the questions. She will also tell me what she understands from the examples in the worksheets.”
Mathematics is Haritha’s favourite subject and she enjoys doing well in it. “If you are good in Mathematics, you can do it fast and get full marks. I enjoy getting full marks and seeing my work displayed outside the Kumon Centre," Haritha said with a smile. Her progress has given her confidence, and she is now studying Kumon Mathematics 5 years beyond her school grade level and Kumon English 2 years beyond her school grade level.
Improving with daily practice
With two Kumon subjects, daily work can be gruelling for Haritha. However, she views this in a positive light. “Sometimes I feel there are too many worksheets and I find it tiring," she admitted. "But ever since I started doing Kumon, I do not need help from the teacher as I already know how to do it.”
Her parents are pleased at how independent she and self-motivated has become. She does not need reminders to finish her homework, and completes it quickly so that she can enjoy more free time. “Kumon is a good programme as it creates a good habit of doing daily work even during school holidays and when we travel. It keeps her mind refreshed and working during holidays so she will not forget what she has learned," her father said.
Helping her weaker classmates
When Haritha says she aspires to become a teacher when she grows up, it comes as no surprise. Already, she is confident enough to teach her classmates who are struggling with their schoolwork. “I like to help my friends in class because Kumon makes me good at the subject and I feel confident when I can teach them," Haritha said brightly.
With her care and concern for her peers and desire to improve, Haritha will no doubt go far in life.
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