Hard Work and Discipline Help this Problem Solver Go for the Gold
Aaron, 10-years-old, Math Level J
10-year-old Aaron has a collection of medals that seems endless. The assortment includes achievements from the local science olympics, math and chess competitions, track and field meets, and hockey championships; not to mention an array of over 20 gold, silver, and bronze medals from swimming competitions. In addition to that impressive assembly, Aaron was inducted into his school district’s academic excellence program, and has continuously placed in the highest level of his school’s achievement tests.
Aaron attributes his competitive drive to qualities he picked up through the Kumon Math Program.
“Kumon has given me strategies to solve problems, so now I’m able to remind myself to take a step back and observe my issue with patience and creativity,” said Aaron. “In addition, Kumon has taught me the importance of discipline and determination when it comes to reaching my goals.”
Aaron’s parents first enrolled him in the Kumon Math Program five years ago. Now, although he is still in elementary school, he is studying high school level math, including linear inequalities and quadratic equations. His mathematic success has convinced Aaron to enroll in the Kumon Reading Program. Although already reading above grade level, he knows he will excel even further through the Kumon Method of learning.
Among Aaron’s numerous extracurricular activities, swimming is something he is most passionate about. He has found a connection between Kumon and swimming that he believes is the key to his success in the water.
“Like Kumon, swimming has taught me discipline and determination in pursuing my goals,” said Aaron. “It is a sport that constantly demands self-improvement because it is a race to be better each day and to improve myself, so having those qualities instilled in me has helped me greatly.”
When we asked Aaron what he wanted to be when he grew up, he told us that he aspires to become an engineer, like his father. In fact, he is currently building a windmill that is designed to power a hand-made motor for a water-pump for an Engineering Innovation Competition.
It’s not surprising that Aaron was selected to attend Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference, which took place in Chicago, Illinois on July 10th, 2019. Just 56 students from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico were invited to represent their community at the event. There, students got to connect with like-minded peers, and were able to listen to speakers who have completed the Kumon Program and gone on to be very successful in life.
We had a chance to speak to Aaron to learn more about his passions and his thoughts on Kumon.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Kumon has helped me to be able to do math mentally, and this has helped me a great deal academically, as I am now able to problem solve and think far outside the box.
What do you think of Kumon’s method of thinking for oneself?
I think it is very useful to be able to think for myself because when I am alone, I’m able to solve problems, and when I am working as a team, I can come up with my own, original ideas and contribute to the discussion. Kumon has taught me different methods of analyzing problems in the field of Math which I have also used in my school studies in other subjects such as Science.
What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon thus far?
Besides advanced Math, Kumon has taught me other important and beneficial skills like patience and perseverance and never to give up in anything I do.
Since you are studying three years above grade level, how do you stay motivated in continuing with Kumon when the material feels challenging or you are very busy?
I try to start each day by doing my Kumon first thing in the morning after breakfast. I make it a point to do my Kumon each day, even when it’s very difficult because I know that I will be stronger in math. I feel happy when I am in school and I find that the problems we do are easy, this also motivates me to continue doing my Kumon each day.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one or two words, what would it be?
What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?
Persevere in what you’re doing, and never look back.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Kiran Dhruv Shay, as he has completed the program at such a young age. I aspire to do the same, if not better. Because of him, I would like to start teaching at my Kumon Center to help students see the value of Kumon and enjoy it as much as I have.