7 Keys to Highly Successful Kumon Students
In 1989, Stephen Covey published “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” to help people develop the principles and ethics to reach their goals and live successful lives. Inspired by Stephen Covey’s book, we have compiled the seven habits of highly successful Kumon Students to help explain how your children can get the most out of the Kumon Program.
1. Be proactive
Kumon Students actively participate in their education through Kumon’s focus on self-learning. Your children will have the ability to learn at their own pace and study materials based on their abilities, not age or grade level. By enrolling your children in the Kumon Program, you are empowering them to take control of their education.
2. Begin with the end in mind
The Kumon Method helps your children set goals and shows them how to achieve them. Many Kumon Students, for example, work to complete the Kumon Program by reaching Level O in math and Level L in reading. Other students measure success at Kumon by reaching or surpassing grade level equivalency. The goals that you and your children have set with the Kumon Program ultimately depend on their needs and abilities.
3. Put first things first
One of the benefits of the Kumon Program is the focus of building and developing children’s time management skills. The use of standard completion times, for example, help children focus on completing assignments within a given time frame, as well as motivating them to improve their initial completion times.
4. Think win-win
Kumon Students must understand that completing Kumon worksheets every day is just as important as completing homework and school assignments. In fact, Kumon is designed to be used as a supplement to your children’s school curriculum, not replace it. As your children progress through the Kumon Program, they will learn valuable skills that will help them succeed inside and outside the Kumon classroom.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
The Kumon Method stresses the importance of learning and understanding the basics, before progressing to the next concept. In 1954, Toru Kumon developed this program to equip all students with a step by step process to learn the skills needed to study calculus. Each step of the Kumon Program builds upon the previous step to put students on the path toward academic success.
6. 3 Way Partnership – Parent, Child, Instructor
Another key to success, as a Kumon Student, focuses on the relationship between the Kumon Student and his or her instructor. In order to succeed at Kumon, for example, each child must work closely with his or her instructor throughout the progression of the Kumon Program. If one area seems to be too difficult or if the workload is too much, contact your child’s instructor to make sure your child’s needs are being met. Without this close and important interaction between the instructor and family, the Kumon Method will not be as effective. This is why it is so important to build a strong relationship with your Kumon Instructor.
7. Sharpen the saw
One of the most critical and fundamental habits of a Kumon Student is daily practice. In order to succeed and achieve goals at Kumon, your children must complete their Kumon worksheets every day. A little practice each day can help keep students’ minds sharp and set them on the path to success.