How Time Management and Focus Help Balance Extracurricular Activities

How Time Management and Focus Help Balance Extracurricular Activities

Anna sits in a chair at the student conference

Anna, 11-years-old, Math Level J, Reading Program Completer

At just 11-years-old, Anna has developed a passion for more activities than some do in their entire lives. Juggling extracurricular activities, including the violin, taekwondo, running, biking, volunteering, and more, not only requires extreme levels of concentration, but also a large amount of practice and time dedicated to each activity.Anna rides her bike down a tree-lined path

Anna’s commitment to practicing her multiple crafts is clear by looking at her accomplishments. These include placing 1st in her first taekwondo tournament and 3rd in a local 5K race. She has found that participating in Kumon has taught her to manage time in a more efficient manner, leaving additional time to devote to her other passions.

“Kumon has helped me beyond academics in many ways because I’m able to learn from my mistakes and persevere though difficult and challenging moments in daily life,” said Anna. “I know that if I keep trying, I will eventually make it though.”

Anna’s parents enrolled her in Kumon when she was just 5-years-old. Now, at 11-years-old, she has surpassed many middle schoolers and some high schoolers in both reading and math. Anna has already successfully completed the Kumon Reading Program, and is very close to completing the Kumon Math Program. Her goal is to finish the Kumon Math Program soon and she is both motivated and inspired by her peers who have already done so.

Anna sits in front of ancient ruins

Anna was able to achieve honor-roll student status at school because of the time management and problem-solving skills she developed through Kumon. Her advice to other students who have similar aspirations is to keep with the program even when it gets frustrating, and to not compare themselves to others.

When Anna is not running in a race or practicing her taekwondo kicks, she is busy practicing the violin, participating in her school’s student council, volunteering at her local food bank, travelling, and much more.

When we asked Anna what she’d like to pursue for a career in the future, she stressed the fact that whatever it may be, she hopes it is something that helps people and has a positive impact on her community.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of Kumon?

I enjoy seeing friends from school at the Kumon Center. Kumon has taught me to manage my time better so that I can participate in outside activities and play. I also like to learn new things and work through challenging questions.

How has Kumon helped you academically?

Kumon has taught me many things academically. School is easier for me because I understand the subject matter more easily. It’s a review for me when I see the math problems at school. I also am able to manage my time effectively and plan accordingly.

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

The most beneficial thing I’ve learned in Kumon is that I will continue to learn and make mistakes along the way. It’s okay to make mistakes but also important to learn from my mistakes.

Anna shakes hands with Kumon North America President, Mino Tanabe.

Anna shakes hands with Kumon North America President, Mino Tanabe.

Describe an obstacle that you’ve overcome related to your Kumon Study that makes you proud.

I took a break from the Reading Program for a few months because the worksheets were hard, and I was very frustrated. At first, I felt relaxed because I didn’t have to do any of the worksheets, but I quickly learned that those worksheets helped me in a variety of different ways. When I chose to start the program again, I was ready for any challenge! My speed and confidence increased greatly. Although I still struggle at times, I know that I can work through anything.

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

It was a really cool experience to attend the Kumon Conference and spend time with top students from different centers around the United States and Canada. I learned and shared best practices with kids my age and it was inspiring to hear speakers’ stories. I also got to meet the President of Kumon and visit some beautiful places in Canada.

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