Kumon Success Stories: Chris L.

Christopher L. completed both the Kumon Reading and Math programs at our centre and now helps out around the centre as a staff member. Chris has graduated high school and is currently studying engineering at Simon Fraser University. Here’s his story:

Starting Out

  • When did you first get started at Kumon?

I first started at Kumon around November 2012, when I was in grade nine.

  • What level did you start at?

When I started, it was only Reading at EI (paragraph development, clauses), then I later started Math at B (vertical addition and subtraction).

  • What was your/your family’s motivation for enrolling? What did they hope to achieve through the Kumon program?

My initial motivation for enrolling was to strengthen my reading capabilities. My parents hoped that a stronger reading level would translate into a stronger writing level.

  • What was it like when you first started the Kumon program? Was it difficult/easy?

When I first started, it was relatively easy, but soon, it became a moderate challenge.

Challenges

  • What were some of the challenges you faced going through the program?

The main challenge I faced going through the program was balancing school, Kumon, and life.

  • As a Kumon Reading and Math program completer, how did you get through the challenges you faced? What did you do? How did Louisa/First Avenue Kumon staff help you get through them?

I got through the challenges I faced by asking for help from the staff. The staff were very helpful, checking my work, giving me little hints along the way, and changing my plan when things outside of Kumon got busy.

Goals

  • How has First Avenue Kumon helped you achieve your goals? What are your goals now that you’ve completed the program and secondary school?

First Avenue Kumon has helped me through support and guidance, allowing me to reach my goals. My goals now are to find the job that I am happy doing, while continuing to grow in knowledge and faith.

Study Environment

  • Why should families choose First Avenue Kumon?

Families should choose First Avenue Kumon because the staff are very open to what is going on in a student’s life, and working out a plan that allows for these situations. 

Tips

  • Is there any advice you’d like to give to current and future Kumon students about getting through the program?

My advice to current and future Kumon students about the program is that if you have a challenge, do not give up, just tell a staff member and they will be able to work your study plan around it.

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Kumon Success Stories: Adelyn P

Adelyn P., in grade seven, is one of our oldest students and has been studying Kumon Math for 3 1/2 years at our centre. She is currently on level H (approximately grade 9 material at an international standard), studying material 2-3 years above her current grade level and we’ve asked her to share some of her insight on how Kumon has helped her.

  • How has Kumon helped you?

“Kumon has helped me because it stretches my mind for other subjects in school (meaning that I don’t have to worry about Math)”

  • What activities do you do outside of Kumon?

“I’m only doing school this year as compared to last year when I did student council, volleyball, and library monitor. This year I’m keeping it easy.”

  • How do you stay motivated when Kumon gets hard (or not so fun)?

 “Whenever I do Kumon, I stay motivated by remembering that it will give me one less thing to worry about in the future.”

  • What do you want to do when you grow up?

“I haven’t decided yet”

  • Any advice for new Kumon students?

“Don’t quit while you are ahead because you will regret it.”

We also asked Adelyn’s parents about what has been the most meaningful change they’ve seen in her since enrolling in Kumon and they said that Kumon has helped her focus more on her studies and the ability to comprehend Math at school with ease.

Thanks for telling us your story, Adelyn! Best of luck in your studies!

 

 

Kumon Success Stories: Joel L.

Welcome to the first post of a series of stories of student success at First Avenue Kumon! It is our hope that this series of stories will encourage and inspire our current and future students as well highlight some of our students’ accomplishments.

We’ve asked one of our own Math completers, Joel L. to share his own experiences of going through the program and finishing:

Joel with his Kumon Clock which is awarded to each Kumon program completer

Joel with his Kumon Clock which is awarded to each Kumon program completer

Starting Out

  • When did you first get started at Kumon?

I got started in 2010, when I was in grade 7.

  • What level did you start at?

I started at Level C (Multiplication and Division)

  • What was your/your family’s motivation for enrolling? What did they hope to achieve through the Kumon program?

Originally, they were planning on enrolling my younger brother, but then they saw that the program was helpful and felt it would be a good idea if I joined as well. My family wanted me to strengthen my mathematics foundation.

  • What was it like when you first started the Kumon program? Was it difficult/easy?

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