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Discover How This Student Learned to Love New Challenges

Nathan sitting in a chair

Nathan, 13-years-old, Level O Math

Before even entering high school, 13-year-old Nathan can say he’s working on advanced calculus concepts and is on his way to completing the Kumon Math Program.  Having been enrolled for seven years, Nathan credits Kumon for shaping him into the successful student he is now.Nathan standing in a white shirt in front of a gold background

“After years of being challenged by numbers and puzzling concepts, I’m proud to say that Kumon has strengthened my ability as a student,” said Nathan. “I first learned patience, followed by persistence and resilience.”

Nathan continues to look forward to challenging concepts in Kumon, as he feels a sense of pride once he masters them.

Outside of the classroom, Nathan runs long distance on the track and field team in the spring and plays ultimate frisbee with friends. Recently, he learned to design 3D printable parts for robots such as kick-offs, an alignment tool, and more. His new-found skill in 3D printing has helped his robotics team in competitions.

Just last year, Nathan and his friends won the Battle of the Book’s competition in his school district. The competition is a voluntary reading program for students in grades 3-12 and inspires students to read in a fun competition with friends.

While Nathan remains undecided on his career, he is considering a future in robotic engineering or finance.

Nathan laughing at the Student Conference

Nathan’s many accomplishments were recognized when he was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Nathan about his Kumon journey.

How has Kumon helped you academically?

The Kumon Math Program has laid down a foundation of basic math skills, allowing me to expand beyond that. Kumon has ultimately provided me a head start compared to my peers and boosted my confidence as well.

What do you enjoy most about Kumon?

I feel a sense of pride after solving a challenging problem, which is a key motivator to keep going.

Nathan shakes hands with Kumon North America President Mino Tanabe

Nathan shakes hands with Kumon North America President Mino Tanabe

How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?

Kumon has helped me outside of the classroom for similar reasons of how it helped me inside of the classroom. I feel my confidence is better compared to what it was when I first enrolled. I have developed a mental resistance to giving up. I have grown to like math the most out of all subjects in school. My ability to adapt is far more flexible, and I’ve developed a tough resilience to make it through any challenge.

What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?

When I received the news that I was invited to attend the Student Conference, I felt lucky and privileged. I met other students who I shared a lot in common with. The speakers shared their Kumon journey and I felt they were very relatable. It reminded me that I am on the right track and will be able to succeed.

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?

Treat Kumon as if it’s a mandatory hobby. Embrace the obstacles, focus, avoid procrastination, and stay curious. Kumon is like a flight of stairs to success, it’s there for you and you will have to keep climbing.

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