Motivated by his Peers, this Kumon Student Wants to be an Architect and a Doctor - Kumon

Motivated by his Peers, this Kumon Student Wants to be an Architect and a Doctor

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Alan, 10-years-old, Level J Math and Level I Reading 

There are many things that keep Alan motivated. He has short term goals of completing the next level in Kumon. He has long-term goals of completing the entire Kumon Math and Reading Program before high school. He has a dream of becoming an architect someday, which he’ll need strong math skills in order to achieve.  

But there’s also something else that motivates Alan. Something that the average person may not even realize. Because Alan is studying several years above his grade level in Kumon, a lot of his classmates turn to him for help at school. Alan says it gives him a sense of pride and inspires him to work even harder. 

“It’s humbling to have my friends come to me for help,” says Alan. “This feeling motivates me to work even harder so my friends can always Alan at the Student Conferencetrust me. When I help my friends, I look at it as an opportunity for me to learn how to convey the same concept in different ways because each person learns differently.” 

That’s a very mature thought process for someone who is only 10-years-old. Because of his accomplishments both in-and-out of the classroom, Alan was just one of 56 Kumon Students from the United States, Canada and Mexico to be invited to the 2018 Kumon Student Conference. 

He talks about his journey with Kumon.  

How has Kumon helped you in the classroom? 

Thanks to Kumon, I no longer feel frustrated with difficult questions. Because of the determination I have developed, I know that I will eventually solve the problem. Kumon has helped me advance beyond my grade level. I’m able to finish my schoolwork faster, which allows me more time to participate in other activities. 

How has Kumon helped you beyond academics? 

Kumon has surely trained me to face challenges without fears. Although I love challenges, studying above my grade level is not always easy. Perseverance is the first lesson I learned from Kumon. It taught me to never give up. Additionally, Kumon has guided me to gain self-confidence. When I believe in myself, I can do just about anything I want. In Kumon, I also learned to not be afraid of making mistakes. You would never learn anything if you are always perfect. Practicing daily and learning from mistakes is Kumon’s main idea to success. 

Alan shakes hands with KNA president Mino Tanabe

Alan shakes hands with Kumon North America President Mino Tanabe at the 2018 Kumon Student Conference.

What keeps you motivated in Kumon? 

Reaching my goals keeps me motivated in Kumon. The satisfaction of achieving goals boosts my confidence, which in turn, motivates me to set more goals and achieve higher levels.  

What do you hope to accomplish with Kumon? 

I want to finish the entire math and reading program before high school.  

What did it mean to you to be invited to the 2018 Kumon Student Conference? 

I was very proud of the accomplishment, but was also excited because I knew I was going to meet and interact with other kids my age that have the same goals and experience. Sometimes, learning informally from your peers can be a more effective way of learning.   

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students? 

Never give-up and always believe in yourself! 

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