Program Completer Uses Problem-Solving Skills on the Volleyball Court

Program Completer Uses Problem-Solving Skills on the Volleyball Court

Elise, 12-years-oldMath Level K & Reading Program Completer 

12-year-old Elise has developed a passion for the game of volleyball that stretches beyond the court. When she joined her volleyball team over six years ago, Elise learned the importance of being a team player. Volleyball is all about strategy, and each player on the team plays a specific role. Elise has found that the problem-solving skills she developed in Kumon help her serve as an asset on the court.  

“Kumon has helped me discover that there are multiple approaches to solve a problem,” said Elise. “Kumon has also taught me that hard work always pays off. There will always be problems, but it’s overcoming these obstacles and learning from our mistakes that is the reward. With school and volleyball, Kumon has taught me to remain disciplined and has improved my time management.” 

Elise’s competitive edge and embracement of teamwork shine through during each practice and match. Among the achievements she’s most proud of, are being the team captain and her position as a libero, which is the team leader in defense.  

Elise’s accomplishments go beyond the volleyball court. She was one of 56 students selected for Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  

“I was ecstatic, happy, and very excited when I found out I was selected,” said Elise. “I was so honored and thankful to have the opportunity to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”  

Elise and the rest of the attendees were celebrated for their accomplishments and encouraged to aspire to become individuals who tackle some of the world’s challenges.

“I had an amazing experience at the Student Conference,” said Elise. “It was such a special opportunity to be with other Kumon Students across North America and learn from them and their amazing accomplishments. My favorite part was the escape room as I was able to work with others in a team setting to solve a fun and complex puzzle.” 

Elise shares with us highlights from her Kumon journey and advice for other Kumon Students. 

What do you enjoy most about Kumon? 

Kumon has provided me the opportunity to learn at my own pace, which makes learning new concepts in math and reading a lot easier.  

How has Kumon helped you academically?  

Kumon has allowed me to advance well beyond my academic level. Mastering concepts has given me such great confidence in school. My discipline and approach to solving problems has helped me in all of my classes.  

What do you want to be when you grow up?  

When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer. I become passionate and excited when I have a good point to stand for. I enjoy speaking and debating different viewpoints.  

What’s your favorite book and why? 

My favorite book is “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. “Wonder” is my favorite book because enjoy reading stories of courage. This book is full of courage because it’s about a boy who suffers from a condition which leaves his face disfigured. Despite his adversity, he found the courage to go to school and make friends. 

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?  

Hellen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” She’s an inspiration to me because she never gave up despite her disabilities. I admire her for overcoming obstacles, because they were not obstacles for Hellen – she accomplished so much in her lifetime. 

What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?  

As in anything in life, what your get out of Kumon is what you put in it. There will be times when your work will be challenging and difficult to understand, but don’t give up. Overcoming your obstacles is satisfying, rewarding, and will boost your confidence. This will help you overcome any challenge in life. 

If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be? 


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