This Young Student Gets Competitive With Her Math Skills - Kumon

This Young Student Gets Competitive With Her Math Skills

Zoha sits in a chair

Zoha, 11-years-old, Level H Math, Level J Reading

Before even entering middle school, 11-year-old Zoha is already analyzing pieces of literature, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. While she’s well on her way to completing the Kumon Reading Program, she’s also studying above grade level in math as she’s working on Algebra I concepts in the Kumon Math Program. Having been enrolled in Kumon since the age of four, Zoha has had many valuable takeaways that have made a lasting positive impact on her academic success.

Zoha smiles as she celebrates her birthday with a cat-shaped cake.Zoha credits Kumon for helping her learn new concepts in and out of the classroom, including learning to play guitar and piano.

“Kumon has helped me improve my time management and organization,” said Zoha. “I can figure out how to do particular things, such as learn an instrument in the most efficient way.”

Zoha loves a good challenge and has taken her academic skills to the competitive level. In 2016, Zoha competed in Math Kangaroo and placed 2nd in the state of Tennessee, and 16th in the United States. Math Kangaroo prides themselves on developing the math ability of young students across the nation and giving them the confidence to do so.

She is also proud to say she placed third at the individual and team level in the Perennial Math Competition. Perennial Math inspires and challenges advanced math students in a fun competition.

Outside of the classroom, Zoha loves reading, writing poetry, cats, gymnastics, and playing guitar or piano.

Zoha’s future aspirations include becoming an oncologist for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the leading hospital in the treatment and research of childhood cancer.

Zoha sits on a bench with sunglasses on.

Zoha’s accomplishments were 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 Zoha about her Kumon journey thus far.

How has Kumon helped you academically?

Kumon has helped me because I have learned concepts in both math and reading before I was taught them in school. This has allowed me to apply what I learned in Kumon and understand it more easily.

What do you enjoy most about Kumon?

I enjoy reading the books from Kumon. I think they are very interesting books to read in my spare time.

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


What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon?

Zoha poses with her family at the Kumon Student ConferenceI think the most beneficial thing I’ve learned in Kumon has been fractions. Kumon explained fractions in a way that I can easily understand. Fractions were once my enemy, now they are one of my friends.

What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?

It meant a lot to attend the Student Conference. I was really honored that out of all the students that applied, I was one of the students that was selected. I was happy that I got to meet so many people who are just like me.

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?

Time management is critical in achieving goals such as J by 6. You will need to be dedicated in finishing your work in the amount of time, with accuracy and independence.

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