Kumon Reading Program Completer Motivated by Other Students
Nikita, 13-years-old, Level L Math, Reading Program Completer
Before even entering high school, 13-year-old Nikita can say she has taken a deep dive into literature analyzing the works of Shakespeare, as she has already completed the Kumon Reading Program. Now, she’s well on her way to also completing the Kumon Math Program—currently studying the introduction of calculus.
Having been enrolled in Kumon for eight years, Nikita has experienced the true benefits of the Kumon Method.
“I am motivated to stay in Kumon because it has helped me so much, and I believe it will continue to help me moving forward,” said Nikita. “It has taught me independence, problem solving skills, and most importantly, has put me ahead in school. I look up to students who have completed the entire Kumon Math and Reading Program. I aspire to one day be like them and attend college confidently and be mentally prepared to excel there.”
Nikita’s motivation has already put her on the path to success. While she is still undecided on future career aspirations, she can see herself in the medical field as she has a passion for helping others and making a difference.
Over the years Nikita has developed a love for reading, and particularly enjoys the works of
Harper Lee, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan. She maintains an active lifestyle biking, swimming, hiking, and even loves aerial yoga – a form of yoga that combines acrobatics and antigravity yoga poses.
Nikita has competed on a national level for Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. The organization is dedicated to developing project-based learning programs that incorporate STEM education along with arts and social entrepreneurship.
Nikita’s many accomplishments have been 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 Nikita about her Kumon journey thus far.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Academically, Kumon has helped me by teaching me concepts in math that I haven’t yet learned in school, which makes it easier for me when I get to those concepts in school. The Kumon Reading Program helped me analyze complex literature more efficiently. I am able to understand the novels and other literary works I read in school.
What do you enjoy most about Kumon?
What I enjoy most about Kumon is how every student can learn at their own pace. Since the Kumon Method’s approach is self-learning, students can take as much time as they need on a skill set.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, Kumon has helped me by improving my attention span and focus. It has even given me confidence knowing that I can problem solve independently. I can also break down complex math problems into smaller easier steps for me to understand.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
If I could sum up my Kumon experience in one word, it would be “valuable”.
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
Attending the Student Conference was an incredible privilege, and I was honored to be one of the top students from Kumon North America. I learned so much from older Kumon Students, and got to meet people around the world who are just like me.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
To kids just starting Kumon, I would tell them to persevere all the way through. Even though there is work daily, and it may seem impossible to complete a level, just keep going and soon, you too will complete the program! Kumon starts you at just the right level and will build upon your previous knowledge. Just keep persevering through!