Student Testimonial Vol. 19
Vol. 19 Cultivating academic and life skills
- 5 Years Old
From a young age, Yi Zhe showed potential in Mathematics. He was interested in numbers, had good mental calculation skills and could learn things fast. This prompted his mother to look for a suitable enrichment programme to develop his ability in the subject. She did her research, spoke to her friends and eventually decided to enrol 5-year-old Yi Zhe in the Kumon Mathematics programme.
At the beginning, adjusting to the routine of doing homework daily was a challenge for Yi Zhe. He was like any other young child, active and unable to sit still and concentrate for extended periods of time to complete his work. It took a few months before he got used to the routine and could focus better.
His mother believes that this discipline daily work has taught him is just as valuable as the calculation skills he picks up in class.
“As parents, we ought not to be only result-orientated, but help them develop their study attitude and discipline. Kumon helps Yi Zhe achieve both aspects,” she shared.
She especially likes how the Kumon centre teaches the child to tidy up their study space after they are done, as Yi Zhe has started doing the same at home.
Kumon’s emphasis on self-learning by encouraging students to read the worksheets and do the exercises on their own has also benefitted Yi Zhe.
"Kumon has taught him to understand new concepts from examples without any help,” said his mother. He is more independent now and does not need reminders to do his Kumon work. Instead, he asks her, “Is it Kumon time now?” and takes out his worksheets to do his homework when it is.
At just 7 years of age, Yi Zhe is already studying Mathematics an impressive 5 years beyond school grade level.
His mother recalls a period where he encountered difficulties in Mathematics and cried in frustration, wanting to quit Kumon. At such moments, her support was most important in helping him deal with challenges. She said, "I understand he found the advanced topics challenging to do. I would encourage him by telling him that he cannot give up when things get difficult, you have to keep telling yourself you can do it. This can be applied to his life as well.”
Yi Zhe seems to have understood this well, as he now has a more positive approach to difficulties. “When the questions get difficult, I will ask my parents or Instructor – after that I am able to continue on,” said Yi Zhe. “I hope to become a completer one day so I will keep trying.”
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