Discover How This Young Student Has Gained Independence in Math
Laiba Yousafzai, 11, Level O Math
11-year-old Laiba has been enrolled in the Kumon Math Program for just over two years. During her time at Kumon, she has not only gained a sense of independence, but also a level of confidence in math that has helped her achieve her academic goals. In just two short years, she went from starting at Kumon Math Level A, and is now on Level O studying differential calculus! She has even set a goal of completing the program within two years! Laiba has taken the skills she’s learned in Kumon and has helped her classmates solve complicated math problems. By helping her peers, she is laying down the foundation for one day achieving her dream of becoming a high school math teacher.
Laiba may be academically advanced for her age, but just like any other 11-year-old girl, she enjoys keeping busy with extracurricular activities. Not only is she competitive on the soccer field and basketball court, she is also an active member in the school choir and art club. Talk about a well-rounded kid! Because of her accomplishments both in-and-out of the classroom, she was just one of 56 Kumon Students from the United States, Canada and Mexico to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada.
We had a chance to talk to Laiba about her experience with Kumon and how she enjoys being challenged in math.
What keeps you motivated in Kumon?
I started seeing the benefits of Kumon when I first started the program. I also wanted to go to Kumon because I saw my older brother Umar attend and he saw great results. I was having trouble with my grade level in math and I saw Kumon as a great opportunity. When I started Kumon, I noticed myself enjoying and excelling much more than I was in the past. I’m studying at a higher level in math alongside my sisters Amna and Shabano, which once seemed impossible.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon has given me the skills to be an independent
learner and not having to rely on anyone for help. I realized that no matter what, all your hard work will pay-off in the end. Kumon has also taught me to learn from my mistakes.
How has Kumon helped you in the classroom?
Kumon has taught me new math skills that I am able to take back to the classroom and teach my classmates.
Describe an “a-ha” moment at Kumon when you got it?
My “a-ha” moment was when I first started doing negative numbers and fractions. At the time, I had just started on Kumon Level G in Math, so it became confusing. In that level, I had to add negative numbers, which I did, but I got all the questions wrong. I went back to the questions that I did get right and compared them to the questions I got wrong. As soon as I compared them, I realized that I had been using an incorrect method to solve the questions that I had gotten wrong. I felt proud of myself for figuring out how to understand a new concept without quitting and asking for help.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
If you need help, first look at the example and give it a try by yourself to learn how to be independent.