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Student Testimonials Vol. 15

How Kumon Shaped Me…

Rizza Mae Tan

This progression of self-learning slowly shaped me into becoming a better individual.

Subject/s:
Math
Started:
8 years old (Grade 2)

I was NOT an instant success.

And the other awardees and completers were also NOT an overnight production of all centers in the Philippines. We have trudged on, journeyed along the hard, winding Kumon road to make it here. Some took five years, even ten. I did it in seven.

“Kennin-fubatsu” is the Japanese word for perseverance. There is no other word to describe the journey.

I started the Math Program at the age of eight, in the summer of 2003. I knew it was something I could never learn to love nor be ecstatic about because while others were having fun, I, a second grader at that time, needed to contend with numbers. Poor me! I found myself wondering why I was enrolled in Kumon. However, after months of going to the center and doing my worksheets, my grades improved immensely. THAT made sense to me! I must admit, Kumon was really helping me. Sometimes, I got weary of having to correct my mistakes over and over again, but those mistakes motivated me to strive harder. Looking back, I remember the satisfaction I felt whenever I saw a big red circle drawn on my worksheets, and seeing how much all my hard work was paying off. “Nanakorobiyaoki” – I stumbled seven times but recovered eight.

I learned the value of discipline and patience. I used to be hopelessly frustrated whenever I had to repeat things. But my long stay in Kumon made me realize the value behind those repetitions even if in the beginning, they could really be so boring. Doing advanced work gave me confidence, especially when I got to be among my class’ top students.

It was an advantage I used to help my classmates tackle difficult assignments.

Kumon taught me endurance, fortitude, hard work, and appreciation for what I have. I learned to take smaller, achievable steps to reach my goals. I went back to the dreams I have abandoned in my younger years because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. Today, after the skills I have acquired, there will be no unreachable star, no more impossible dream. I know I can become whatever I set my heart to do. After college, I want to be a successful businesswoman owning restaurants and clothing stores. I also want to tutor kids who need special assistance. Or maybe, I can be all three!

To end my piece, let me quote Johann von Goethe, “There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly with time.”

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      Vol.1 Developing a Love for Math

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      9 years old (Grade 3)

      “Something came into my life that helped me become an advanced student. That “something” was actually Kumon.

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      Vol.2 Kumon = Success

      Subject/s
      Reading
      Started
      6 years old (Kinder 2)

      “Some of the important life lessons Kumon has taught me are goal-setting, time management, striving for excellence and going beyond my comfort zone to achieve my dreams and aspirations.”

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      Vol.3 Kumon Changed My Life

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      5 years old (Kinder 1)

      “Kumon has taught me self-discipline and perseverance.”

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      Vol.4 Learning by Reading

      Subject/s
      Reading
      Started
      3 years old (Pre-school)

      “I’m glad that there’s Kumon and I’m happy that my parents didn’t let me quit. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to share this experience.”

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      Vol.5 Becoming a Role Model

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      5 years old (Kinder)

      “Kumon has taught me to be patient and to persevere. It taught me the value of discipline.”

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      Vol.6 On the Path to Excellence

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      7 years old (Grade 1)

      “My life outside Kumon was also influenced because some people would call me “Einstein” or sometimes, “Genius.””

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      Vol.7 A Great Experience

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      12 years old (Grade 6)

      “Finishing the program is the ultimate challenge.”

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      Vol.8 Foundation for the Future

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      10 years old (Grade 5)

      “Learn how to work for the things you desire in life.”

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      Vol.9 An Enriching Program

      Subject/s
      Reading
      Started
      5 years old (Grade 1)

      “I am excited to further experience the benefits of what Kumon gave me.”

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      Vol.10 Armed for Life

      Subject/s
      Mathematics
      Started
      12 years old (Grade 6)

      “Kumon is one of the exceptional and memorable journeys I took in my life.”

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      Vol.11 Kumon is Life

      Subject/s
      Mathematics
      Started
      13 years old (2nd Year High School)

      “I have climbed one of the highest mountains in my life and I have survived.”

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      Vol.12 Inspired by Kumon

      Subject/s
      Reading
      Started
      14 years old (3rd Year High School)

      “Kumon changes young people to become better and educates kids towards excellence.”

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      Vol.13 Reading my Way to Success

      Subject/s
      Reading
      Started
      4 years old (Nursery)

      If you work hard and have confidence in yourself, you can surely do better.

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      Vol.14 The Dream of the Achievers

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      15 years old (1st year High School)

      In every challenge we experience, be happy if we are still standing, but be happier if you learn something from it.

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      Vol.15 How Kumon Shaped Me…

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      8 years old (Grade 2)

      “Kennin-fubatsu” is the Japanese word for perseverance. There is no other word to describe the journey.

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      Vol. 18 Embracing Life’s Challenges

      Subject/s
      Math / Reading
      Started
      9 years old (Grade 3)

      Kumon gave me that attitude, particularly through three aspects. TIME MANAGEMENT, DETERMINATION and COURAGE

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      Vol. 19 Fly High, Aim High

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      12 years old (Grade 6)

      Kumon taught me that making mistakes are not always negative. It is never too late to make them right. Yes, correcting them is tiresome, but it’s from the mistakes where we learn more.

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      Vol. 21 My Path To Success

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      10 years old (Grade 3)

      Through the Kumon Method, I have built a strong foundation in my life which would not only be applied through education, but also in my character.

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      Vol. 22 Reaping Rewards from Kumon

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      9 years old (Grade 3)

      The Kumon Math Program sharpens my mind and trains my math skills, allowing me to advance beyond my grade level.

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      Vol. 23 Small Steps to Confidence

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      7 years old (Grade 1)

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      Vol. 24 Realizing Priorities through Kumon

      Subject/s
      Math Completer and Reading
      Started
      14 years old (3rd Year High School)

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      Vol. 25 Roadblocks Conquered Vol. 25

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      6 years old (Kindergarten)

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      Vol. 26 Confidence through Kumon Vol. 26

      Subject/s
      Math Reading
      Started
      7 years old (Grade 1)

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      Vol. 27 A Better Me because of Kumon

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      6 years old (Kindergarten)

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      Vol. 28 I am Now an Independent Learner

      Subject/s
      Math and Reading
      Started
      10 years old (Grade 5)

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      Vol. 29 Kumon Molded Me into a Better Person

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      5 years old (Kindergarten)

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      Vol. 30 Mathematics is a Way of Life

      Subject/s
      Math only
      Started
      4 years old (PK1)

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      Vol. 31 Kumon In My Daily Routine

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      6 years old (Grade 1)

      Kumon was like a newly-installed application which helped accelerate my absorption and retention of new learning.

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      Vol. 32 Conquering the Fear of Math

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      14 years old (Grade 7)

      Kumon has taught me to believe in myself. I am learning things which are more than what I expected.

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      Vol. 33 Experiencing the Kumon Advantage

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      5 years old (Kindergarten)

      Kumon has opened my eyes to the achievements that I can accomplish.

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      Vol. 34 Preparation for School and for Life

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      4 years old (PK2)

      I cherish the life skills I have learned and developed

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      Vol. 35 Small Steps to Achieve Big Dreams

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      4 years old (PK2)

      Kumon does not only help children learn math, but it also leads them to dream big.

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      Vol. 36 Focus and Never Give Up

      Subject/s
      Math and Reading
      Started
      6 years old (K)

      Keep on trying, stay focused, and never give up even if you do worksheets beyond your comfort zone.

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      Vol. 37 Stepping Stone to Success

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      6 years old

      Remember to always make all these challenges a stepping stone to our success.

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      Vol. 38 Being Patient with Challenges

      Subject/s
      Math
      Started
      8 years old

      I am happier now with the help and support I get and need.

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      Vol. 39 Kumon Has Taught Me to Persevere and Be Patient

      Subject/s
      Math and Reading
      Started
      4 years old (PK2), 5 years old (PK1)

      I have realized that Kumon has taught me to persevere and be patient. I also learned to balance both Kumon and school

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