Yuehao Xu and her story
My name is Yuehao, and I am a high school Junior at McLean. I have been a Kumon student for almost as long as I have been a student at school, and I am currently one of the staff members here at the McLean Kumon Center.
I enrolled with the Kumon Math program when I entered 2nd grade, mainly because I struggled with addition and subtraction. I began with level A, and worked my way to level F when I moved to the U.S. during 4th grade. After working consistently with Kumon for three years, I gained the study skills which allowed me to learn comfortably at the class's pace, but I was often bored by the materials. I needed extra challenges outside of the school's curriculum, but my parents had busy work schedules that did not allow them to take extra time to tutor me after school. Private tutors were too expensive, and many tutoring centers failed to offer a systematic approach to teaching math. Two years after the immigration, our family was happy to discover that Kumon had centers open in North America, and I resumed my studies once again in 7th grade at a center in Utah. Since my study was interrupted, I was drawn back to level D to review and reinforce basic math concepts. I moved again in 9th grade to McLean, VA and enrolled as a level K student in McLean Kumon Center.
I believe Kumon, over the years, has become a much more fun program for kids to study. The Kumon Cosmic Club was new to me when I reenrolled during junior high, and it was one of many factors that motivated me to resume my studies and work with my Kumon instructors persistently on top of school work. There are also programs in Reading and Japanese, which didn't exist when I first joined. I was also enrolled in the reading program during 7th and 8th grade, and it introduced many great literature works to me, such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
From years of Kumon study, I learned to arrange my schedule to work efficiently, and maintained my pace of completing an average of 5-10 pages a day. Besides working on Kumon worksheets, I also actively participated in other extracurricular activities offered by my community. I'm involved with four honor societies at my school, and I am also identified as a gifted student enrolled with Stanford's EPGY program, as well as John Hopkins University's CTY program. Thanks to Kumon, my favorite subject became math, and I am working three years ahead of my peers. I graduated from Kumon's math program in 2009, and became an assistant at the McLean Kumon center shortly thereafter.
Kumon and I have worked together for as long as I can remember, and I cannot thank the instructors enough for being there for me when I needed help with my studies. If there's one thing I regret, it is the two years I had to give up my Kumon studies when our family relocated. Making a consistent effort for eight years has really paid off in the end with the math program, and I am looking forward to possibly picking up the reading program or the Japanese program after my Junior year. I hope my story serves as an insight into the wonderful things Kumon offers to its students, and of course, I hope you and your child make the most out of Kumon.