Accomplished Pianist Applies Focus and Discipline in Her Everyday Routine
Suhani, 10-years-old, Math Level I, Reading Level HII
At just 10-years-old, Suhani is working on quadratic equations and the Pythagorean Theorem in the Kumon Math Program, which makes it no surprise that she is far above her peers in school. She’s also studying above grade level in the Kumon Reading Program, and can say she has already analyzed pieces of literature, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird before even entering middle school.
Having been enrolled in Kumon for five years, Suhani is experiencing the true benefits of the Kumon Method, especially self-learning.
“So far, I can say that becoming a self-learner has been one of the most beneficial takeaways,” said Suhani. “I sometimes notice my peers in school struggling with certain concepts, while I am able to figure out challenging problems on my own.”
Gaining her independence has also carried over into improving her focus and discipline, which she applies in her extracurricular activities. Her discipline and focus will help her achieve her future aspiration of becoming a surgeon one day.
Suhani is an accomplished pianist and is proud to say that she has passed the Yamaha ABRSM Grade 1 Exam. ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, specializing in graded exams for musicians around the world. Elements of the challenging exam include highly accurate playing of three pieces, scales and broken chords, sight-reading, and aural tests.
With a love for competition, Suhani participated and won a robotics competition in the FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge (FLL) with her team. The FLL seeks bright young students to research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and develop a solution. The solutions developed by teams include basic STEM applications, critical thinking, presentation skills, and creativity.
Suhani’s many accomplishments were recognized, as she was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Suhani about her Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Academically, Kumon has helped me improve my math and reading skills in so many ways. Not only am I receiving straight A’s, I am ahead of all my peers. Right now, we are learning fractions in schools, and luckily for me it’s a piece of cake!
What do you enjoy most about Kumon?
I really enjoy how much my Instructor encourages me in the center. I always look forward to our center’s student awards ceremony, which keeps me motivated throughout the year.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, Kumon has really helped me improve my time management. With the right plans, you can get more work done than expected. I have also learned to focus more, which helps me with my swim meets and piano recitals.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
Attending the Student Conference was a great opportunity to learn from other Kumon Students who are just like me. I had the opportunity to share my knowledge, and gain insight from others. I really enjoyed making friends from all over Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
When you first enroll in Kumon, you start out swimming upstream, and it will be challenging at times. When it becomes challenging, don’t give up. The currents will begin to ease. If you really try and give it your all, you never know what opportunity awaits you!