This Young Reading Program Completer Developed a Love for Literature in Kumon
Uma, 12-years-old, Math Level I, Reading Program Completer
“By far, the most helpful thing I’ve learned in Kumon is how to read, and to appreciate it. Kumon has fueled my love of reading. I’ve learned many valuable techniques on analyzing literature.”- Uma
At a young age, Uma developed a sense of wanderlust. Wise beyond her years, her appreciation of travel and discovering new places is quite impressive. While many kids her age default to social media or other forms of screen time, Uma loves seeing the world and everything it has to offer.
“I love traveling. It is so invigorating to escape to somewhere new, where nobody knows your name. Travel is especially rewarding because of the pictures I capture, and then get to share with others,” said Uma.
When Uma is not traveling, she can be found lost in a new book or writing. In 2019, she hopes to learn how to speak Korean and continue learning the art of calligraphy. Photography has been one of Uma’s favorite hobbies, especially when traveling. She enjoys capturing images that tell a story and perfecting them through editing.
Uma has even joined the wave of cleaning and organization thanks to Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Kondo’s critically acclaimed book has helped people around the world to declutter their spaces and become organized. The KonMari Method™ encourages organization by category, such as clothes, then papers. Once you’ve gone through each category, you will only hold onto items that still serve value, and “spark joy”. Uma has thoroughly enjoyed tidying her room with this method, which has resulted in her neighbors asking her to organize their spaces as well.
While she’s still undecided on a career path, she does see a future in psychology. “I could be a psychologist as I like to listen to other’s problems, and offer my best advice,” said Uma.
Uma’s hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, 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 Uma about her Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you inside of the classroom?
Kumon has helped me in so many ways academically. I already understand what is being taught in school, which has resulted in receiving higher grades. I’ve even passed every state exam above my grade level. I no longer have anxiety about taking tests, because testing in Kumon has taught me that I wouldn’t be taking a particular test unless I was prepared. Now, I can even help other students in my class on concepts they might’ve missed in class.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, Kumon has helped me with my problem-solving skills. I no longer worry when I may not understand something right away. I simply try to understand it and ask for help when necessary. This has boosted my confidence, and I am now willing to try new things even if they seem difficult.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
Gratifying. I have already gained so many benefits from Kumon. When I look back, I don’t see the challenging times. Instead, I see all the ways it has benefitted me.
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
Attending the Student Conference was an amazing, eye-opening experience. I met so many people that I share a lot in common with. It was amazing to be recognized, and humbling to know that others have accomplished so much in Kumon.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
Kumon is not easy, and it should not be gone through quickly. There will be many challenging moments that you will face. You will ask yourself, “What will I ever get out of this?” Don’t worry, I had those moments too. Consider how amazing it will be when you complete the program, and how proud everyone will be. Consider the endless benefits of Kumon, and how you will thank yourself later. Get a snack and keep going – it’s worth it!