Aspiring Hockey Analyst Stays In It to Win It - Kumon

Aspiring Hockey Analyst Stays In It to Win It

Anwit, 11-years-old, Math Level L, Reading Level J

“As the legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’” 11-year-old Anwit explained, “I try to follow that advice in my everyday life, and work to upkeep the perseverance to reach my goals.”

That’s just a sneak peek of this sixth-grader’s wisdom and overall attitude. The aspiring hockey analyst has a goal of turning himself into an encyclopedia on the sport. Anwit’s focus isn’t just perfecting his on-the-ice knowledge. He has also won numerous mental math competitions, is trilingual, plays competitive soccer, and is dedicated to perfecting his singing skills. With all of that on his plate, he is also studying material years beyond his grade level through the Kumon Math and Reading Program.

Anwit’s parents first enrolled him in Kumon eight years ago. In the beginning, he started out learning simple addition and subtraction in the Kumon Math Program, along with simple sentence structure in the Kumon Reading Program. He has now nearly completed the Math Program and is studying both subjects far beyond grade level. This has put Anwit ahead in his regular schoolwork, leaving him extra time to focus on his many passions outside of the classroom.

Kumon Student in front of the Kumon backdrop

“When any new topic is introduced at school, I usually find that I already know it from my time in Kumon,” said Anwit. “Even if the concepts are a little different or new, I usually can figure them out as Kumon has taught me the concept of self-learning.”

Anwit’s commitment to staying in the game was one of the factors that got him selected to attend Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference. He was selected out of thousands of applicants and traveled with his family to Chicago to meet with 55 other like-minded Kumon Students. The one-day event gave the peers the opportunity to share experiences, network, and celebrate their accomplishments.

Read more about Anwit’s goals, values, and experience at Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference below.

How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?

The Kumon Program instills time management, which is a huge life skill. Because of my many extra-curricular activities, time management is very crucial to my daily routine. If I can’t manage my time for my homework from school and Kumon, I know I’m going to miss out on my other activities that are important to me.

How has Kumon benefitted you academically?

Following a daily routine is the most beneficial thing that I’ve learned in Kumon thus far. This helps me complete my Kumon Worksheets on a regular basis. If I miss a day, it affects me when the next day becomes busier with additional homework, resulting in no free time for my other activities. This is an important life skill that I even see in my parents. If they take a few days off from work, I find they are always busier when they return.

What achievements are you most proud of?

I graduated from the UCMAS Abacus Program when I was 10 years old, and I was the Champion in my category in the 2016 Alberta UCMAS Competition Program. Among all my achievements, being photographed for a Kumon poster when I was in Kindergarten ranks very high, as well as getting selected to attend Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference.

What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?

Michael Jordan said, “If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit.” What else can I add? All I can say is that like my parents, your parents have decided to enroll you in Kumon. Like many other students, you may find difficulties within the program and feel like quitting. However, like every other parent, your parents will make Kumon a non-negotiable mandatory part of your life, and in the end, you will have life-long benefits! So please have the perseverance and do not quit.   

What was your experience like at the Student Conference, and what was your favorite part?

The experience was simply phenomenal! I could relate to almost everyone else’s mindset that was in attendance. The conference was the first of its kind in my life, and it gave me a flavor of how professional conferences are in real life. My favorite part was to hear from the Kumon Ambassadors and their parents – their struggles as well as their success. This section of the conference inspired me to complete the program!

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My mom is my biggest inspiration. My dad travels on business and is frequently away from home. Mom helps both me and my sister with our Kumon homework, school homework, drives us to our extra-curricular activities, while cooking dinner, making and packing lunch, keeping a close eye on several different activities happening at school, volunteering at school, and even after all these we do find some time for a movie or two during the weekends! Oh, did I tell you that Mom works full-time as a Branch Manager in one of the “Big 5” banks in Canada? I sometimes wonder how one person can manage all these single-handedly when my dad is away. If she can manage her time so well, I should be able to manage my Kumon and school homework!