This Reading Program Completer is Shooting for the Moon

This Reading Program Completer is Shooting for the Moon

Ravi sits in a chair at the student conference

Ravi, 13-years-old, Math Level K, Reading Program Completer

In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made history by landing Apollo 11 on the moon and taking man’s first step on the lunar surface. It was at that very moment in history that Armstrong and Aldrin made becoming an astronaut a tangible dream for children.

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”—Neil Armstong

At a young age, Ravi was instantly mesmerized and intrigued by space.  Since then, that natural curiosity has fueled his aspiration to one day become an astronaut like Neil Armstrong. With his desire to further explore space, he is determined to overcome any challenge. Ravi knows that he’ll need a high level of math proficiency in order to accomplish his dreams. He credits Kumon for his confidence in problem-solving – a vital skill needed to become an astronaut.

Ravi holds a #KumonStars signin front of a shiny black background

“Kumon has helped me become an independent learner, allowing me to solve problems confidently,” said Ravi. “It has made me realize that no matter what challenges you face, you can always find the solution through hard work. I know that I will be able to achieve my dreams of becoming an astronaut because of this.”

Ravi began his Kumon journey when he was only 4-years-old and has since become a curious learner, continually seeking to expand his knowledge. Already studying above grade level, he has an academic edge over his peers. In the Kumon Math Program, he is studying high school-level algebra working on quadratic and fractional functions. Ravi completed the Kumon Reading Program before entering 7th grade. He now has a solid grasp on literature, having already analyzed notable literary works such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth.

Ravi stands with his Instructor in front of a blue and white balloon arch.

Ravi enjoys reading on his own and credits Kumon for expanding the genres of books he selects. While he really enjoys science-fiction and fantasy novels, he particularly enjoyed reading William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Ravi is proud to say that his hard work paid off as he was accepted into honors courses all throughout middle school. Ravi’s peers know him for being gifted in math, especially when it comes to his quick mental calculation skills. He helps his younger sister at home with her math homework.

Not only is Ravi an avid sports fan, he enjoys getting in the game as well. In the spring and fall months, you can find him on the baseball field and in the winter on the basketball court. He also plays the violin and has found the correlation between math and music and leverages his abilities to perfect his tempo and hear the intervals of tones.

With Ravi’s natural sense of wonder and confidence, he will be able to achieve his dreams of space exploration. Ravi’s hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, as he was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Ravi about his Kumon journey.

How has Kumon helped you academically?

Kumon has helped me academically because I have been able to get into the honors courses every year.

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

Ravi smiles in front of a group of other students at the student confereneAmazing.

What do you enjoy most about Kumon?

I love that I am always learning something new in Kumon.

What keeps you motivated in Kumon?

My Kumon Instructor and parents always continue to motivate me, and I use that as a constant reminder to myself if I want to give up.

What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?

Attending the Student Conference meant a lot to me. My hard work has paid off and I now see the success!

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?

My advice for other Kumon Students is to not give up and stick with Kumon and complete the program! You will have challenging moments, but it will help you grow and lead you to having a successful future.

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