Math -- completed in August 2014 (senior secondary school level)
English (EFL) -- completed in March 2016 (senior secondary school level)
Chinese – level J (senior secondary school level, 5 years advance beyond school grade)
Four years ago when he started learning with Kumon, as Ng remembers he could get stickers after finishing classwork. “At that time, I wanted Ultra-man and Crayon Shin-chan stickers.” As he has developed the study habit, Ng experienced the joy of self-learning and acquiring knowledge on his own; he seemed to ask for more. Ng would request for more homework during long holidays. One day, during the Chinese New Year holiday, Ng spent six to seven hours on the calculus content of Kumon worksheets. Ng told us at ease, “I can play after getting this done.” When he completed Kumon Math, he asked for learning Kumon Chinese and Kumon English and set two-year goals for himself.
Regarding the question of “How can you keep studying Kumon continuously?”, here is Ng’s answer --“I will feel bored if I do not study Kumon. When I feel bored, I will do nothing. But I do not like doing nothing, so I will keep studying.” Ng’s mother told us that Ng would arrive Kumon education center early and is often the last one to leave. It is difficult not to be shocked by the learning motivation of this little boy.
“I scored 100 marks in all my exams recently, except one I got 99” ---- Student Ng
With the guidance of example questions and tailor-made study progress, he learned by himself and achieved advance study beyond school grade. He believes that this kind of learning helps him in school study. “I scored 100 marks in all my exams recently, except one I got 99.” Ng told us about his amazing academic performance in a tone as if it is no big deal.
Founder of the Kumon Method once said, “The objective of the Kumon Method is not to improve the academic performance at primary school, but to make children study at ease at secondary school. However, the academic performances of those primary school students who study Kumon actually improve quickly.” This was said in 1981 but this situation has occurred over and over again throughout all these years.
“I want to see how big my child’s potential is.” --- Ng’s mother
The reason why Ng enrolled in Kumon was that his mother saw a poster promoting self-learning and individualized instruction in Kumon. “When I saw this poster, I know that it was what I want.” As a physics school teacher, Ng’s mother believes that large-group teaching cannot provide tailor-made study progress to children. Self-learning is essential for each child to have life-long learning after graduation from school. That is why I want my child to try. “I want to see how big my child’s potential is.”
Regarding the question of “how big Ng’s potential is” , there may not be a definite answer. However, during the process of discovering the potential, the achievement was not only accomplished by Ng himself, but also Ng’s mother and Kumon instructor. Ng’s mother often study Kumon worksheets and gave Ng some hints what he would learn ahead---- “Give him some guidance on thinking in advance gives him a general idea of the new content. Then it will be less difficult when he actual studies in center.”
Miss Wong, Ng’s instructor in Kumon education center, is the driving force for Ng. “Be the first completer in our district” is written on the book Miss Wong gave to Ng, and this became a goal for Ng to striving towards. When Ng completed Kumon Math and wanted to finish Kumon Chinese and Kumon English, Miss Wong and Ng’s mother set his study plan together and thought hard to help Ng achieve this goal.
The concept of “individual instruction” and “self-learning” that Ng’s mother pursued has been realized. We believe that Ng will shine even brighter in the academic field.