Student Testimonials Vol. 10
Armed for Life
"Kumon is one of the exceptional and memorable journeys I took in my life."
- 12 years old (Grade 6)
My first encounter of Kumon was during the summer after my elementary graduation. Having participated in math contests several times during my elementary years, I was confident that I have the sufficient skills to do well in the Diagnostic Test. I expected to start at Level F (Fractions and Decimals) since I was in Grade 6. However, the results showed my starting point to be Level C (Multiplication and Division) which is equivalent to Grade 3! At first, I got really disappointed and embarrassed since I felt like being compared to Grade 3 students. However, as months passed, I realized that the low starting point is not bad at all. It actually gave me confidence to get good grades on the worksheets and an opportunity to enjoy doing Kumon within my comfort zone.
As I moved from one level to another, Kumon became one of the exceptional and memorable journeys I took in my life. It did not only help me in academic development, it has also taught me important lessons and realizations. My patience, concentration, and self-esteem improved. I was able to understand, study, and learn things on my own. Kumon has changed my study habits and perceptions of things.
However, my Kumon journey does not only consist of lessons, worksheets, awards, and medals. I have also experienced difficulties. Being one of the “cream of the crop” comes with great responsibility and high expectations. As a scholar and a Kumon student, I have to always abide by the rules and regulations of the school, maintain a scholarly grade and good character, and at the same time do my Kumon worksheets. However, doing all these is not easy. Sometimes we fail and one of the greatest challenges I had to deal with is learning to balance things like preparing for contests and other activities, studying Kumon and spending time with my friends.
Aside from the heavy load of requirements and quizzes at school, I was also consumed by my laziness. I didn’t do my Kumon worksheets everyday and so I wasn’t able to understand the problems in the worksheets. Moreover, I experienced answering huge number of worksheets to be able to cope with what I missed during my days of laziness.
However, my teachers and parents never gave up on me even on times when I was hard-headed. Thanks to their patience, encouragement, and reminders to do my worksheets, I was able to complete the program. My performance in Kumon was not that excellent but I consider the journey to be very meaningful because of the bonds that I’ve formed and the values I’ve learned.
I am very proud now that I completed the program. But completing is not just about finishing Level O and passing the Completers’ Test. It is also a sign of being ready and armed for another chapter of my life, a beginning of greater challenges and a higher level of pursuit of success.
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