Our students, ranging from preschool through 12th grade, develop the skills that help them build upon each concept they learn. With individualized learning plans, motivation and practice, our center prepares students to become avid learners, encouraging success throughout their entire academic experience and beyond.
Aishwarya's Kumon Experience (9th grade)
Kumon was an experience I will never forget. Kumon has taught me many things and it changed the way I learn things. It has led me to be more independent, hardworking, and responsible. With the techniques Kumon has showed me, I am now able to teach myself with confidence and without the help of another.
Although the levels became challenging as I got farther, the many concepts I learned in the past were applied in the work and made it much easier. The examples and the packets were not the whole reason for my improvement; the instructor and the other teachers were amazing at comunicating with us and guiding us through the new concepts. It may not be like those tutoring centers where the teacher sits by you at all times, but independence is grown when you learn on your own.
My mental math has improved a lot since calculators are not allowed on Kumon work and with that practice of doing most things in my head and on paper it has gotten me through math tests much faster. In the beginning I thought it was a bore to do so many packets, but now I understand that it made me who I am today. I was good at math in the beginning, but now I'm better with the consistent practice and structure.
I'm glad to say I have finished O level, but the journey of learning is still not complete. There is still more math ahead in my life and I hope to take the skills Kumon has taught me along the journey.
Catherine's Kumon Experience (8th grade)
I started the math program in Kumon in the summer after 3rd grade, aiming to improve my mental math. But it turns out, it’s much more than that. Kumon is a place where I could learn new concepts more independently. I started in Level A where the packets were really easy and the repetitive packets were boring. But, as I advanced, I started learning new math concepts that I hadn’t learned in school, so my “school math” was a piece of cake. Soon, I was about two grade levels above the grade I was in. Because I was already way ahead of most of my classmates, I decided to switch gears and move to Reading. Starting from level D, my vocabulary increased and reading comprehension skills improved as I steadily ascended in the Reading levels. From extracting simple facts in the paragraphs to reasoning to critically analyzing literature, the packets got harder and harder and required more brainpower to complete. But with help and encouragement from my parents and Kumon staff around me, I breezed through the whole reading program within two years. I can’t say I really enjoyed reading the Shakespearean plays, but the feeling of accomplishment for completing level L is really worth it. Now that I have finished Reading, I am continuing the math part of Kumon from where I left off and I am moving forward in my Kumon career.
Christabelle's Kumon Experience (7th grade)
Kumon has always played an important part in my life. Throughout my whole experience, I have learned so many things that I can learn to utilize, not only academically, but when also facing adversity in the real world. I started Kumon when I was five, and I remember enjoying it - as I liked the challenging math problems that it gave me. As I progressed in the levels, the thrill of being able to learn new concepts pushed me to work harder on the packets Kumon gave, and completing the daily work eventually became part of my daily routine. Along the way, Kumon has also taught me traits that will help me in the future, such as being independent and trying to figure out a way to solve a problem on my own, and perseverance, which in this case is to keep trying after so many previous failed attempts. The Kumon staff and assistants have always been kind and willing to help when I am in need of it too. Although I benefited a lot from Kumon, I sometimes felt as if the homework that was given each day was a huge burden, as it just added to the work load I had from school, as the school homework increased as I got older. The now tedious repetitions of the Kumon work was something I never looked forward to after school, and when I did do the homework, it was usually after a lot of procrastinating until the last minute. Despite my attitude towards the program, I consistently did my work until reaching the higher level math (like pre-calculus and calculus). It was around that time that I found out how much Kumon had helped me in my math. At school, all the material taught to me was a breeze, and I found myself acing all my quizzes and tests. The excellent grades I got in those classes impressed my teachers and gave me the confidence I needed to continue pursuing the Kumon program. Now having finished the program, I now realize how beneficial and crucial Kumon has been in not only my academic career but in all aspects of my life. It has taught me persistence and perseverance, independence, and responsibility. In addition, it has also helped become more comfortable with doing the math work at school, as the Kumon method has made calculating numbers mentally simpler and easier. These traits and learning methods are definitely something that I will keep in my mind as I progress further into my life. And even though my Kumon journey has officially ended, as Winston Churchill said, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Sidney's Kumon Experience (11th grade)
They say that if you don't use it, you lose it. No truer statement could hold for mathematics. I have been participating in Kumon's math program ever since 6th grade, and it has become an instrumental tool for developing and maintaining my mathematical abilities. When I started Kumon, I was already proficient in math; however, I was prone to calculation mistakes, especially when I tried to move quickly. Kumon of Rancho Bernardo helped me immensely in this area.
We decided to start in level A, just to help me become faster with simple calculations. Naturally, because of my starting level, the concepts I learned in schools generally stayed ahead of my Kumon packets. But for me, Kumon was never designed to replace school. Kumon helped keep my mathematical skills sharp, regardless of what level I was at in school. Indeed, as I began to take Calculus courses at a community college, Kumon allowed me to practice, review, and hone algebraic techniques necessary to achieve brilliant results in Calculus. Even now in level L, I appreciate the opportunity to review Calculus and maintain my skills in Calculus.
As a result of developing my math skills, I earned an 800 in the SAT II Math Level 2 Subject Test, and I just earned an A in Math 260 (Calculus III) at a community college. Overall, Kumon has enabled me to not only retain, but cultivate my mathematical skills. Those who use it, don't lose it.
Vivek's Kumon Experience (11th grade)
I started Kumon in the second grade and just finished it recently. What I have seen is that in school, Kumon makes me faster and smarter than most of the students. I know that the packets can get very tedious and doing them daily is not everybody's favorite thing, but they do really help. Math in school is a lot easier for me for that very reason. It is no longer a subject that I need to study for as it comes naturally to me.
The self-teaching style of learning promoted by Kumon encourages critical thinking, a skill very useful in high school math. So, no matter how busy you get, you should do your Kumon daily. Take it from me, it really helps!